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Lawrence Benedict
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Final Cut Pro Tip Number Two

Well, A tip a week just isn't possible but I'll try to add to them as often as I can. Every two or three weeks seems like about it. :)

Without  further ado, Tip Number Two.

Everyone is familiar with "CUT" "COPY" and "PASTE," we've been using them with word processors since the beginning of personal computing. We have these functions in Final Cut Pro, as well, but they are surprisingly underused.

You don't have to option/drag clips back and forth in the Timeline to move them from one place to another. You can "Cut them to the clipboard" from one place, and Paste them to a new location. So quick, clean, simple, and precise.

Here are the keystrokes:

Command X cuts a clip, leaves a gap and places the clip on the clipboard.

Move your Playhead to the new location for the clip, press Command V and the clip will paste/overwrite to that location, leaving a copy of the clip o the clipboard until it is replaced.

Command C copies a clip and paste/overwrites it by pressing Command V wherever the Playhead is now located.

Not such a big deal but!

SHIFT X cuts the clip, copies it to the clipboard and closes the gap, (ripple edit). Very convenient.

SHIFT V paste inserts the clip at the location of the Playhead (moving the downstream clips to the right in the sequence to make room for the inserted clip. Nice.

If you only want to do this with part of a clip use the razor blade tool (shortcut, letter "B") to make a cut or cuts in the clip (a through-edit that makes a cut but removes no frames) then cut, copy, or paste this isolated section.

You can also do this copying or cutting from one sequence and paste it in another.

The razor blade makes a through edit across any tracks that are linked and not locked. If you wish to make a through edit across multiple tracks, press the "B" twice. It appears as two blades, one over the other, and will slice all unlocked tracks.

If you want to rejoin a through edit at a later time, Right/Click or Control/Click for the contextual menu while your cursor is parked on the through edit, choose "Rejoin Through Edit" and release the mouse. The two clip parts are rejoined.

Next Tip: Key-Frame Secrets

Hope you are enjoying these tips!

Happy Editing,


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