Quick And Dirty References To Have Fun With
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Final Cut Quickies

Defined

Final Cut Quickies are simple quick and dirty references, they are not full lessons or tutorials. They are here to help users find processes or shortcuts they’ve not used in a long time and may have forgotten, or for those who simply want to peruse them for fun and discover something new and interesting.

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I - Editing Clip

A - Drag And Drop Method - Slow Editing

1- Select a clip or a range of a clip in the Browser.
2- Click and drag it to the Timeline.
3a- Drop it at the end of the Primary Storyline for an Append edit.
3b- Drop it between two clips in the Primary Storyline for an insert edit.
3c- Drop it above (or below for audio clips) the Primary Storyline for a Connected edit.

B - Keyboard Shortcuts - Fast Editing

On your keyboard, top left, the Q, W and E keys are next to each other.
The D key is just below the E key to keep it out of the way.

Append Edit
1- Select a clip or a range of a clip in the Browser.
2- Shortcut “E” will append it to the very end of the Primary Storyline, no matter where the playhead is located.

Insert Edit
1- Select a clip or a range of a clip in the Browser.
2- Shortcut “W” will insert it into the Primary Storyline (or Connected Storyline if selected) and move all content to the right of that location, down enough to make room for it.
  • If playhead is over a solid clip, the clip with be split at that point.
  • If the playhead is on an edit point (between two clips) then the clip to the right is simply moved.
Connected Edit
1- Select a clip or a range of a clip in the Browser.
2- Shortcut “Q” will place it starting where the playhead currently is positioned, outside of the Primary Storyline, and a connection stem will attach it to that clip in the Primary Storyline.
* To change the location of a Connection Stem, hold Option and Command together, and click on the Connected Clip where the stem should be moved to.

Overwrite Edit
1- Select a clip or a range of a clip in the Browser.
2- Shortcut “D” will place it in the Primary Storyline (or Connected Storyline if selected) beginning at the playhead’s currently location, and overwrite whatever content was there before.
  • This is called the “Dangerous” (D) edit, as you can erase existing content, use with caution.
II - Trimming Clips

Ripple Edit
A - With The Select Tool (A)
1- Click to either side of an edit point (where two clips touch each other in a Storyline), or the head or tail of a connected clip.
2- Drag left / right to lengthen or shorten that clip.
  • These are ripple edits, and can alter the duration of the overall Timeline when trimming a Storyline clip.

B - With The Trim Tool (T)
Same as above, but you can also select the middle of an edit point, which selects Out point on left and In Point on right simultaneously, to perform a roll edit.

Slide Edit
Hold the Option key, click the middle of a clip and drag left / right to “slide” the existing content of that clip (the whole clip intact), trimming the clips to each side automatically.
* Does no change overall Timeline duration.

Slip Edit
Click the middle of a clip in a Storyline and drag left / right to “slip” the content inside of that clip.
  • Does not change overall Timeline duration.
  • The selected clip’s In and Out points remain in position in the Timeline.
III - Reposition Timeline Content
1- Select a clip in the Timeline.
2a- Drag into or out of a Storyline.
2b- Drag a Storyline clip to a new position inside the same Storyline.
2c- Drag a Connected Clip to a new position as a Connected Clip (horizontal or vertically). When dragging vertically Shift will constrain so no horizontal movement is possible.
  • Using the Select Tool (arrow with a tail, shortcut A), repositioning inside a Storyline will exhibit the magnetic effects, with other clips moving out of the way, according to where the mouse cursor is positioned.
  • Using the Position Tool (arrow without a tail, shortcut P), repositioning inside a Storyline will overwrite any content already in that location. All magnetic properties are disabled with this tool.


IV - Tracing Clips Backwards

Reveal In Browser
1- Select a clip in the Timeline.
2a- Right click it and from the pop-up menus choose Reveal In Browser.
2b- Use the keyboard shortcut Shift-F.
  • Does not work with content originating in any of the content Browsers (titles, generators, etc).

Reveal In Finder
1- Select a clip or a range of a clip in the Browser.
2a- Right click it and from the pop-up menus choose Reveal In Finder.
2b- Use the keyboard shortcut Shift-Command-F.
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Default Video Effect

Setting

1- Go to the Effects Browser (Command-5)
2- Select the desired video effect
3- Right click it and from the pop-up menu choose
Make Default Video Effect


Using
1- Select a video clip in the Timeline pane
2- Command-E

Default Audio Effect

Setting
1- Go to the Effects Browser (Command-5)
2- Scroll down to the Audio Effects
3- Select the desired audio effect
4- Right click it and from the pop-up menu choose
Make Default Audio Effect


Using
1- Select an audio clip in the Timeline
2- Option-Command-E
Default Title Template

Setting
1- Go to the Tile Templates Browser
2- Select the desired Title Template
3- Right click it and from the pop-up menu choose
Make Default Title


Using
1- Place the Playhead (or Skimmer) in the Timeline at the position you want the title to begin
2- Command-T will add the default title template as a connected clip

Default Lower Third

Setting
1- Go to the Tile Templates Browser
2- Select the desired Lower Third Title Template
3- Right click it and from the pop-up menu choose
Make Default Lower Third


Using
1- Place the Playhead (or Skimmer) in the Timeline at the position you want the lower third to begin
2- Control-Shift-T will add the default lower third title template as a connected clip
Default Transition

Setting
1- Go to Transitions Browser
2- Select desired Transition
3- Right click it and from the pop-up menu select
Make Default


Using
1- Select an Edit Point
2- Command-T

Default Generator

Setting
1- Go to the Generators Browser
2- Select the desired Generator
3- Right click it and from the pop-up menu choose
Make Default Generator


Using
1- Place the Playhead (or Skimmer) in the Timeline at the position you want the Generator to begin*
2- Option-Control-W will insert the default Generator into the Primary Storyline by default, or into a Connected Storyline if it is selected.
*This will split a clip if the playhead is in the middle of it.
The Default Share Preset

Setting
1- Go to the
Final Cut Pro menu (called the Application Menu)
2- Choose
Preferences or use the Command-, shortcut
2- Inside the
Destinations pane, select a preset from the left hand column
3- Right click it and from the pop-up menu choose
Make Default*
*The word default in parenthesis will appear next to the preset name

Using
1- Make the Browser or Timeline active
2- Select a clip if in the Browser pane (Command-1)*, or in the Timeline pane (Command-2)*
3- Command-E
*If a range is selected, only contents within the start and end of that range will export
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Motion Templates

Defined


Templates can be either generated in Motion, or coded using FxPlug, Quartz Composer, Xcode, etc. Coded templates or “plugins” can’t be modified or moved/copied. Motion created templates can. This booklet will focus on Motion created templates.

A Motion Template is a special type of Motion project, either a title (.moti), generator (.motn), effect (.moef), or transition (.motr).

Each type has its own Browser inside of FCPX. Effects and Transitions are in the lower right of the screen (Command-5). Generators and Titles are accessed in the upper left of the screen (Option-Command-1). Both of these two locations can be opened independently, or simultaneously.

A stand-alone Motion project can be converted to a Generator (File > Publish Template).

Various parameters inside of a specific template can be Published so that the user in FCPX can access them directly.
Template Storage

A- General Storage


When created in Motion and saved, they are stored in the [user folder] > Movies > Motion Templates folder.

Inside that folder are folders labeled Titles, Effects, Generators, Transitions for each type of FCPX effect.

Inside each of those is a Category, a collection who’s folder is labeled uniquely, and all of the templates of that category are stored inside of there.


A- Library Storage

When a template is applied to a Timeline, FCPX secretly tags what Timeline and Library it was used in. If you plan to move the Library to another computer, have a copy of the templates used go with it.
1- In the Browser, select that Library
2- Go to the
Inspector & click Modify Settings
3- Set the
Motion Content parameter to In Library, click OK
4- In the Inspector, in the Media section, click the Consolidate button

This places a copy of every template used inside the Library itself. So when moved to a different drive, to a different Mac, you still have access to it.
Applying Templates

Using templates is pretty straight forward. To use an Effect or Transition:
1- Select a clip or edit point in the Timeline
2- Double-click (or drag-n-drop) the effect or transition

For Generators and Titles:
1- Position the playhead where you want the new content to begin
2- Select your new content in the Browser
3a- Use E to apply it to the end of the Primary Storyline by default (select a Connected Storyline to target it)
3b- Use Q to add it as a Connected Clip

Replacing Titles

1- Go to the Effects Browser (Command-5)
2- Scroll down to the Audio Effects
3- Select the desired audio effect
4- Right click it and from the pop-up menu choose
Make Default Audio Effect
Modifying Templates

1- Select a template in the appropriate browser
2- Right click it and choose
Open In Motion
3- When finished modifying the template, Command-S to save your changes
4- Any copies already applied to Timelines will not be changed and will require a
Replace Edit from the newly modified version now in the appropriate browser.

Templates that come included with FCPX can not be modified, they will open a copy in Motion.

Other templates will open the original in Motion. In which case you must decide if you want to modify the original, or make a copy (File > Save As).
Sharing Templates

Method 1

1- For templates created in Motion, go to your Movies folder, to the Motion Templates folder, to the appropriate template type folder (Effect, Transitions, Titles, Generators).
2- From there find the appropriate Category.
3- Select the folder containing the template you want to share and use Command-C to copy it.
4- Go to the new location you want to store it for transporting to a new Mac, and use Command-V to paste it there.


Method 2

1- Follow steps 1 and 2 in Method 1 above.
2- Select the folder containing the template you want to share
3- Right-click it, and from the pop-up menu select “
Compress [folder name]” to create a .zip file
4- Email, message, DropBox or shared by other similar means with someone else.
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