Mittwoch, 3. August 2011

Some new friends

Apple has changed many keyboard-shortcuts around. Why and how they decide these things ...don´t ask me. But I usually follow a programs shortcuts and don´t remap to much, so when I sit at someone´s machine I can also use the custom set.

But....there are many commands that are NOT in the manual or had to find but are very useful. So you need to open up File-> Commands and remap some keyboard shortcuts or create them.

YOUR new (and some old)  best friends are .....
(but beware...some items are different on international keyboards, i use a german keyboard!):

1- Trim-Start / Trim-End / Trim-to-Selection: I mapped them to "1" "2" "3" - they are very fast and work on the fly.

2 - Shift-R / Option-R….your new 3-point editing tools. Select a clip or range in the a clip or set the In Point in a clip in the event and use Shift- or Option-R to REPLACE (replaces with the whole clip from the event) or REPLACE FROM START (replaces the clip in the timeline beginning from the event´s clip IN). If you add SHIFT you can do it backtimed 

3 - Copy colour from last edit. I mapped this to Shift-V for the last edit (Shift-CMD-V for 2 edits back; Shift - OPT-CMD-V for 3 edits back): these commands will copy the colourcorrection from the clip before the selected one (or two clips ahead, or 3....). It does not copy/past all effects (CMD-OPT-V does that), only the colour-correction.

4 - OPT-W creates a GAP

5- OPT-CMD-arrow-up: this lifts the selected clip from the primary storyline to be a connected clip, leaving a GAP-clip down on the storyline. I use that often. It´s a fast and easy way to pre-edit an interview (just drag the GAP-outpoint a little)

6 - CTRL- + CTRL- - changes the audiolevel by plus1 or minus1 db. And it does so on the fly withoput stopping the playhead.

7 - OPEN CLIP in TIMELINE: this opens a clip and all its audiotracks into a seperate timeline, where you can adjust the audiotracks without getting them out of sync. Turn tracks on/off or adjust their levels etc.
I mapped this to CMD- ^ as open timeline and SHIFT- ^ to close this timeline again (^ might be something else with you, it is the one above the TAB with me)

8 - CTRL-V: opens the effects-tab of a clip IN the timeline, not the inspector. You can then for instance double click the opacity and fade I/O. CTRL-AA closes this effects-tab again

9 - CMD-G creates a storyline. You need this to be able to add a transition to audio. And I like secondary storylines, because they behave like primary storylines: rippled. And they stick to your primary connection, so when you move the clip they are connected to, they go with it. That dreamsequence is always in sync with the talent closing his eyes.....

10- finally......ß (next to the 0) and ü (next to P) are what the "u" was for in FCP7 and select, if you edit the incoming or outgoing frame of a cut

I hope I could inspire some of you to look at the commands, because if you scroll through them you might find more stuff you thought wasn´t possible in FCPX!


  1. No posts for a while -- are you still megatesting? I've following with great interest.

  2. Well, the megatrst itself is done, because we had the programmes on air successfully. So the testing phase is over. We now use FCPX a lot and wait and hope for Apple to bring a few fixes for the stuff we miss still.
    Hang on, because I will keep this blog going for a while.....