FCP X: Larry’s Top 25 Keyboard Shortcuts

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These aren’t all the shortcuts I use, but they are my favorites. Add your favorites in the comments below.

NOTE: I’ve included a much more extensive PDF list of my favorite 250 keyboard shortcuts with all my Final Cut Pro X training.



Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts
 
ShortcutWhat It Does
Cmd + IOpen Media Import window
Cmd + EExport Project Master File
Option + NCreate new event
Cmd + NCreate new project
Cmd + JDisplay current Project properties
Control + Cmd + JDisplay current Library properties
ISet the In (Start)
Option + IDelete the In
OSet the Out (End)
Option + ODelete the Out (End)
Option + XDelete the In and the Out
SToggle Skimming off or on
NToggle Snapping on or off
Control + Cmd + 1Show/Hide Browser and Library List
EPerform an Append edit
WPerform an Insert edit
DPerform an Overwrite edit
QPerform a Connected edit
Cmd + GCreate a Connected Storyline
Cmd + TApply default transition to the selected edit point, clip, or group of clips
MSet marker (or open existing marker) at the position of skimmer or playhead.
Control + DDisplay duration of selected clip or transition
Control + SExpand / Collapse audio and video elements of a selected clip(s)
Shift + XExtend (jump) the selected edit point to the skimmer/playhead
[comma] / [period]Move selected edit point or clip one frame left / right
Shift + [comma] / Shift + [period]Move selected edit point or clip ten frames left / right

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11 Responses to FCP X: Larry’s Top 25 Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Ed Mc Donough says:

    Suggest Adding Some Additional Basics
    J = Reverse
    K = Stop
    L = Forward
    Space Bar = Start/Stop
    = 1 Frame Forward

    B = Razor Blade Tool
    A = Arrow Tool

  2. Brian Thomas says:

    Shouldn’t Cmd-Z be in there? 😉

  3. Hi Larry,

    Where can I get your full shortcut pdf? I bought your 10.1 training package when it first came out – was it released after this?

    Many thanks,

    Tim Maisey

  4. Lynn says:

    Hi Larry,

    Thanks for the list! I’m using these shortcuts quite often, but since I’ve updated my FCP to 10.2.1, all the shortcuts with Command in it don’t work anymore. So Command+E for example doesn’t work, but the ‘n’ for magnetic on/of does. Do you know how to fix this?

    Thanks!

  5. Garry Burgess says:

    The period and comma key for the nudge commands don’t work on my Apple wireless keyboard. It just beeps at me…. sadly.

    • Larry says:

      Garry:

      The keyboard should not make any difference. Make sure you have a clip, or edit point, selected before pressing the keys. THEN, make sure there is room for the clip to move – if it is blocked by clips on both sides, it won’t move.

      Larry

  6. prasad says:

    delet gap short key pls

    • Larry says:

      Prasad:

      Select the gap, by clicking it, and press the BIG Delete key; the key two keys immediately above the Return key.

      Pressing the small Delete key, next to the End key on a full-size keyboard, deletes whatever is selected and replaces it with a gap.

      Larry

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