5 FCPX Import Window Tricks

There are some things about the FCPX Import Window that are not obvious. Trying to find folders deeply buried somewhere, or specifying only part of a QuickTime file to import. Here are a few tricks to help you get through your Import Window workflow a little more easily and quickly.


I. Hard To Navigate Folders; File Path
Some folders are pretty hard to navigate to inside the Import Window’s UI. But here are two tricks that can help. With this first trick, use the keyboard shortcut Shift-Command-G to bring up a window where you can type in a path. Click OK and the location that path pointed to is loaded up and ready for you to import whatever is there. See animated gif below.


II. Hard To Navigate Folders; Finder Windows
Using the Finder to get to your destination is often faster and easier. So when you’re looking at the Import Window, use the keyboard shortcut Command-Tab to get to the Finder. If a Finder window isn’t already open, use Command-N to open one. Then navigate to your destination. Once there, drag-and-drop any folder into the Import Window. Poof, the Import Window will suddenly be looking at that destination and ready for you to finish your tasks. You can also drag-and-drop a file into the Import Window. It will then be opened to the location that file is in, with that file highlighted.
See animated gif below.

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III. Create “Favorite” Folders In The Sidebar
For locations/folders you frequent often, make them a “Favorite” in the Sidebar. This way, one click and you’re there! Simply navigate to that folder, right-click, from the pop-up menu select “Favorite”. It’s that simple!

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IV. Assign Imports To Keyword Collections
First select the Keyword Collection in the Browser. Then open the Import Window (Command-i). Anything you select to import now will automatically be assigned to that Keyword Collection.

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V. Navigation Toolbar
You can get to locations you’ve previously been to just like in a web browser. Just use the forward and backward buttons in the Navigation Toolbar. You can also use the drop-down menu there to see the full path of that folder and navigate to a higher directory level.

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