Hidden Feature: Rate Clips in Final Cut Pro

There’s a hidden rating feature in Final Cut Pro that can help you organize your clips. It’s been there since FCP was first released over a decade ago. However, in recent years, Apple has deemphasized this to the point you may not know it was there.

This feature allows us to flag a clip, segment of a clip, or multiple segments of a clip as:

Then, with a single mouse click in the Browser, we can display all Favorite, or hide all Rejected, clips without actually changing any media.

Here’s how this work.


Select a clip in the Browser.

Type F or choose Mark > Favorite.

A green bar appears over the entire clip indicating you’ve rated the entire clip as a Favorite.

OR …

Mark a range within a clip (by setting an In and/or an Out), then type F.

Now, the green bar just appears over the selected range.

OR …

Press and hold the Command key while selecting multiple regions in the same clip. Each region is now flagged as a Favorite.


To display favorite selections, choose Favorites (shortcut: Control + F) from the menu at the top of the Browser.

Each favorite section appears as a separate clip, even if they are contained in a single clip.

NOTE: No media was changed or deleted, this only affects the display of clips.


Select the clip, or range, and type U (for “Unrate”), or choose Mark > Unrate. The green Favorite bar is removed and the segment no longer appears when Favorites are displayed in the Browser.

But wait! There’s more!!

Not only can we “favorite” a clip, we can also “reject” it.

For example, here a vertical clip was imported, which I didn’t want. To reject it, select the clip – or range, or group of ranges – and press Delete, or choose Mark > Reject.

Instantly, that clip disappears from the Browser, BUT! it isn’t gone.

Change the Browser menu from Hide Rejected (the default setting) to All Clips and all clips are shown. Those with a red bar at the top are rejected (red arrow), but still contained in the Library. To hide them, change this menu back to its default: Hide Rejected.

NOTE: To actually remove a clip from the Library, select it in the Browser and type Cmd + Delete.

To unreject a clip, select it and type U. Yup, the exact same process as un-favoriting a clip.


I don’t reject clips very often, most of the time I just delete them from the library. However,  I do use Favorites as a very fast way to create a selection of clips I like.


This allows you to organize clips into as many different Events as you want, yet still quickly find Favorites when you need them.

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