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Tip #1724: What Do These Icons Do?

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

These six icons control how media files are displayed in the Project panel or bins.

These icons are located in the lower-left corner of the Premiere interface.

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These six icons, tucked into the lower-left corner of the Premiere Pro interface, can help you better find and organize the media in your project. Here’s what they do, from left to right.

  • Green pen. This marks a project as writable. For solo editors, this will always be green. But, for team projects, a red pen indicates a project you can view, but not change.
  • Two stacked lines. This displays the contents of the Project panel or a bin as lines of text.
  • Blue square. This displays the contents of the Project panel or a bin as thumbnails.
  • Stacked rectangles. This displays the contents of the Project panel or a bin as “freeform thumbnails” you can resize and move around – like images on a light table. The purpose of this is to help you organize your media visually.
  • Open circle. This slider determines how large to display thumbnails. (Not available when media is displayed as a list.)
  • Three stacked lines. This determines the sort order for thumbnails. (This option is only available when thumbnails, not freeform images, are displayed.

NOTE: Sort order when a line list is displayed is determined by most recent column header you clicked.


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