In this second edition of Final Cut Essential shortcuts and tips we'll take a look at some more editing and navigation tricks designed to speed up your workflow. Whether you're new to Final Cut or a more intermediate user read below to find out how to spend more time creatively editing and less time manually getting around the interface!
If you missed the first part, you can find it here: Super 7: Essential Final Cut shortcuts & tips.
How many times have you pressed "L" or "Spacebar" to playback the clip in the Canvas only to see the playhead in the Viewer window playback or vice-versa? It can be annoying and most users reach for the mouse and click on the Viewer or Canvas or Timeline to select it as the active window.
However, try these key commands, which by default toggle open and close the four main windows, and also act as a way to select the windows if already open.
If for example the Viewer is already selected pressing Command+1 once closes the window. Press it again and it re-appears. Pressing Command+2 now makes the Canvas window active. You can find the shortcuts for other windows such as the Effects and Favorites windows under the Windows menu.
Much like in iMovie 08-11 you can turn off audio scrubbing in Final Cut. As useful as this can be when performing edits to a voice over or music, when not needed it can simply serve to be a distraction.
To toggle audio scrubbing choose: View > Audio Scrubbing or hit the shortcut: Shift+S.
In the first article "Super 7: Essential Final Cut shortcuts & tips" we looked at excellent ways to use the J, K and L keys to quickly play forwards, back at multiple speeds. There are some useful ways to use these keys too.
To play in slow-motion forwards hold down K and L. Once you release the keys playback will stop. Likewise, hold down J and K to play backwards in slow motion.
When moving the playhead forward or backward by one frame, my instinct is to reach for the left and right arrow keys. However, there is no need to move your fingers from their J, K, L position to perform the same action.
Hold down the K key and tap L to move the playhead forward by one frame or tap J to move the playhead back by one frame.
This works a treat and makes the J, K and L keys absolutely indispensable. I wish that Apple's other Pro Apps like Logic, had a similar feature built-in.
So, you've arranged all your clips perfectly in your Timeline but you notice that you don't want a section of a middle clip. Many users would do the following:
It works but there is an easier way! Ripple Delete will delete the selected clip or section and automatically move any clips to it's right back to close the gap that would have been created. You can do this in three easy steps using the Selection tool only!
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