Tip #146: Secrets of Freeform View

… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #146: Secrets of Freeform View

Larry Jordan – https://LarryJordan.com

Freeform view lets you arrange clips however you want

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The Project panel has three different ways to view clips: list, thumbnail and Freeform. Freeform is new and, as you’ll discover, there are multiple things you can do in Freeform view. For example:

Zoom in and out of clips

  • Hold down Opt/Alt while scrolling the mouse wheel
  • – or – Pinch zoom on a trackpad
  • – or – Use the + and keyboard shortcuts

Snap the edges of a clip to another

  • Press Alt (on Win) or Opt (on macOS) and drag the clip so that its edge snaps to the edge of another clip

Align all or selected clips to grid

  • Select clips, right-click and choose Align to Grid from the context menu.

Adjust the size of clips

  • Select clips, right click, select Clip Size and choose a size option. The default clip size is Medium.

Hoverscrub the clips

  • Move your mouse pointer to the left and right to scrub the clip. Press I and O keys to mark the In point and Out point.

Customize the displayed metadata in Freeform view

  • You can specify the type of metadata displayed on line 1 and 2 of the Freeform view thumbnail. The label color swatch and thumbnail badges can also be toggled on and off.
  • Click the Project panel hamburger menu, and select Freeform View Options.


See Tip #139 for more information on the Project panel.

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2 replies
  1. Dave Kuhnen
    Dave Kuhnen says:

    This tip says “The Source Monitor has three different ways… ”
    I’m guessing it should say: The Project panel has three different ways…

    or am I interpreting this wrong?

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      You are totally correct. I should never write these late at night. I’ve corrected the tip itself.

      Sorry for the error.



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