[ There are more than twenty significant new features in the 10.0.6 update to Final Cut Pro X. This article looks at one of them. Check out our latest training covering the Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6 update here ]
Here are some quick tricks from the 10.0.6 Final Cut Pro X update that can make your life a lot easier.
IT SLICES, IT DICES, IT CUTS EVERYTHING IN SIGHT
Yes, my friends, we now have a new menu choice that cuts all clips on all layers at the position of the skimmer, or playhead, in the Timeline.
In the past, we needed to select all the clips we wanted to cut, then type Command+B. Now, though, you can put the playhead where you want to cut all clips and select Edit > Blade All.
Except, I hate having to go to a menu to cut a bunch of clips. So, here’s the keyboard shortcut: type Shift+Command+B.
THE OLD SWITCHEROO
Here’s another time saver. Notice here that I have a top clip connected to the first clip. This technique allows you to change the clip in the Primary Storyline, without changing the position of the connected clip.
Press the Grave (`) accent key (top left corner of the keyboard). Notice the cursor now has a new shape.
Press the Grave key then drag the Primary Storyline clip that has connections attached to it.. This allows you to move the Primary clip, without moving the connected clips; as you see here, the Primary clips are changing positions.
NOTE: Oh! Want to know how to move a connection, without moving the clip? Press Option+Command somewhere in the middle of the connected clip. Wherever you click determines where the clip connection will attach. This is great when you want to attach a clip to the shot that follows, rather than the start of the clip.
One of the GREAT new features in the 10.0.6 update is the ability to retain the Ins and Outs of a clip. I really, really like this feature. In fact, you can select multiple ranges for a single clip. Here’s how:
Set a range the old-fashioned way, using the keyboard shortcuts I and O. Then, press the Command key while dragging within the same clip to set a new range. There’s no limit to the number of ranges you can set on one-clip, the only rule is that ranges can’t overlap.
Want to select one range when there are multiple ranges in a clip? Command-click the range.
Want to select all the ranges associated with a clip? Command-click the clip.
Want to delete a range in a clip? Select it and type Option+X.
Want to delete all ranges in a clip? Select the clip and type Option+X.
Want to delete all ranges in all clips and start over? Type Command+A to select all, then type Option+X.
This isn’t new, but it’s really useful. If you want to click in the Timeline, without changing the position of the playhead, for example to select a clip, press Option when clicking.
The playhead won’t move.
NOTE: There are a lot of really cool new features in this latest update. For all the details, check out my FCP X: New Features 10.0.6 video training.
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