It is possible to include video clips (and still images) in the CLIP LIST. Such files may have been imported into the session using the Import Media feature in Startup (see Section 5.3.1), or perhaps are located on another currently mounted volume, such as an external drive. An Add (Media) button sits at left below the first CLIP LIST tab (Figure 122). Click the button to open 3Play’s custom Media Browser, which can be used to add video clips or still images to the current CLIP LIST page
Notes: 1) Startup’s Import Media feature stores files within the folders of the session structure, but does not insert then into the CLIP LIST. Use the Media Browser to add them as described above. Media added in this manner can be played directly from the CLIP LIST, or be used in a PLAY LIST. 2) Note: Add Media also supports compatible third-party asset management systems. Hold down the keyboard Ctrl key when clicking the + sign to access these tools. The keyboard shortcut to open the Media Browser is F5.
The left and right panes of the Media Browser are the Location List and File Pane, respectively.
Tip: Press the keyboard Tab key to cycle through the Location List, Filter and File Pane folders.
The Location List is a column of favorite “locations”, grouped under the headings Clips, Stills, and My Media Locations. A list of sub-headings corresponding to named sessions or other content locations (discussed momentarily) can appear under these main headings.
Media files that were imported from the Startup Screen will be shown in the File Pane at right when you select a Location sub-heading under Clips or Stills. The third main header in the Location List is somewhat special.
Clicking the Add Media Location button (Figure 124) at the bottom of the Location List opens a standard system folder selector.
The name of any folder you select using this button is added to the Media Browser’s Location List under the main-heading My Media Locations. (These custom locations can be accessed in others sessions opened by the same user as well.) File recursion for listings under My Media Locations is limited to one folder level below the folder (sub-heading) selected in the Location List.
Note: Adding a custom Location or adding a clip or image to the CLIP LIST does not import content (copy it into a session folder). Rather, external files are added as linked media. Be aware that large linked files, highly compressed video clips, or media storage devices with slow transfer speed can degrade system performance. It’s always best to import files beforehand when the opportunity exists.
The Browse button (Figure 124) allows you to navigate using a standard system file window to add files, rather than the custom Media Browser.
Icons appearing in the File Pane represent content located in folders under the sub-heading selected at left in the Locations List.
These are grouped under horizontal dividers named for sub-folders in the File Pane, which allows related content to be organized conveniently. Double click a file (or press OK, to append it at the end of the current CLIP LIST page. Conveniently, the File Pane supports multi-selection as well.
Filenames for media added to the CLIP LIST are initially shown in the Memo field columns for all camera angles. (Since the Memo field is editable, you can modify these entries without breaking the link to the file. This allows the Memo entry to serve as an alias if so desired). The In Point for a video file is initially 00:00:00.00, unless the file has embedded timecode (in which case the clip’s start timecode serves as for the In Point). The Out Point and Duration initially reflect the full duration of the file on disk. Still image duration is initially set to the value selected in the Options menu (default, 5 seconds) – see Section 6.4.2).
The File Pane view is filtered to show only relevant content. For example, the Media Browser is also used in the PLAY LIST (discussed later) to let you choose a music file. In this case, only audio files are shown.
An additional user-configured filter appears above the File Pane. This is a ‘smart filter’ which quickly locates files matching criteria you enter, doing so even as you type. If you enter “goal” into the filter field, the File Pane displays all files at the current location with that text string in their filenames, and so on.
Right-click a Location listed under My Media Locations to show a context menu with two items in it. Remove de-lists the location (but does not delete the folder and its contents from the hard drive or other volume where it is located). Browse lets you use the system file browser to add files.
Note: This menu is exclusively for use in the “My Media Location” section, and is not available for other headings in the Location List.
Right-click on a file icon in the right-hand pane to show a menu providing Rename and Delete options. Be warned – Delete really does remove content from the hard drive (this menu is not shown if the selected item is write-protected).
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