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FCP Quick Tip: Viewing extra render information
As you probably know, the render bar above the Final Cut Pro timeline changes color to indicate whether a clip is unrendered, fully rendered or rendering on-the-fly. This color coding is useful but it all depends on remembering what each color refers to.
If you hover the mouse over the render bar for a few seconds it will tell you not only the status of video and audio but, if it is unrendered, exactly why FCP is unable to play it in real-time. Very useful.