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Changing Poster Frames in Final Cut Pro

Poster frames in Final Cut Pro are basically the pictures that represent a clip in icon view in the Browser.  When you look at clips in the Browser in Large Icon View or when you show the Thumbnail Column in List View, the icon or thumbnail picture you see reflects the first frame of the clip in the Browser, or the In Point for that clip.  I find using Poster Frames advantageous when I want to identify a clip visually in the Browser by using a specific image.  Sometimes the Poster Frame of the clips are not accurate depictions of the action that occurs within the clip.  Any frame of a clip can be used as it's Poster Frame, and you can set or change those Poster Frames in the Browser or in the Viewer.

To set the Poster Frame of a clip in the Viewer:
  • Double-click on a clip in the Browser in order to open it up in the Viewer
  • In the Viewer, navigate to the frame you want to use as the Poster Frame for that clip
  • Go to Mark > Set Poster Frame, or you can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+P
mark_set_posterframe.pngTo set the Poster Frame in the Browser in Large Icon View:
  • Scrub through a clip until you get to the frame you want, press and hold down the CTRL key, then release the mouse button
set_poster_frames_browser.pngNow your Poster Frames are set, and you have a much easier time defining what is in each of your clips!

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