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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
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So far throughout this course, I have been spouting off keyboard shortcuts galore. If you take a look in the menus, almost every command in Final Cut has a keyboard shortcut associated with it, some may be easy to remember, others may be more difficult, especially when you start adding in all the modifiers with the Command, Ctrl, Shift, and Option keys. Depending on your particular editing style, you may have any number of preferred commands that you want to keep more accessible and easier to remember. Fortunately there is a very easy way to reconfigure your keyboard to fit your own preferred editing environment.
And you can even take his editing configuration with you as you move from system to system, so you never have to reprogram your workspace. Let's take a look at how. If I come up to Final Cut Pro > Commands > Customize, I get a customizable keyboard. Now I can't actually customize the default keyboard, so I first have to come to this menu here and choose Duplicate. And I'm just going to name it with my initials and FCP. Okay, so there are several ways that you can work in this window.
If you take a look over here, there are quite a few categories of editing functions. As I click on each, it lists all of the associated commands that belong within that category. If you want to take a look at the entire keyboard within a given modifier, you can come up here. So this is a keyboard with no modifiers attached, and then here is the keyboard with Command and Shift and Option and Ctrl. And you don't actually get the individual commands listed here, but you can see which keys have commands mapped to them which is signified by a white dot, and then you also get the category that each command resides. And everything is color coded appropriately.
So you can see basically how the keyboard functions. You can also select multiple modifier keys. So for example this is what happens when you hold down both Command and Shift. So, needless to say, a lot of commands for sure. And if you ever want to know what commands are already attached to a particular key, you can just click on the key and all of the associated commands appear over here. So if I want to know all of the commands associated with the R button, you can see the list over here.
With each letter containing so many associated commands it can certainly become difficult to store all of these in your memory. So let's take a look at how to remap commands. Let's first of all take top and tail. Now as we know, by default these are mapped to Option+Left Bracket and Option+Right Bracket. Let's see about mapping them just to left bracket and right bracket. So, first of all I am going to check to see what's mapped to those already. I am going to click on left bracket and with no modifier attached that is select left edge and right bracket is select right edge. I'm okay with remapping those keys.
So what I am going to do is just come up to this text field right here and type trim start which is what Final Cut calls a top edit. And I don't see anything right now, so I am just going to come up here and say all Final Cut Pro commands, and here's my trim start, and as we know Option+Left Bracket. All I am going to do is just drag this right on top of my left bracket, and let's do the same thing, trim end, and I'll drag and drop.
So now when I click on left bracket, it's now trim start for no modifier, and when I click on right bracket, it's now trim end. So we have replaced those commands. Okay, so let's see, what else? Well, let's say that I'm doing a lot of voiceover work, and I am laying in a bunch of scratch dialogue. We learnt how to record scratch audio, but if you take a look at the Window menu and Record Audio, there's no modifier attached to it at all. So let's give it one. When I am mapping keys, I usually like to try to choose something that I'll remember.
So since this is recording audio, let me see what candidates are available with the A key. I am just going to click on A, and I don't really want to replace any of those, but it looks like Option+A is available. So let's go ahead and remap Record Audio to Option+A. I am just going to come up here and type in record audio, there it is. As you can see, no modifiers. And I am just going to click on Option and drag it on over.
So I just keep going like this, not necessarily all at once, but as things come up as I identify what commands I use the most often, I just map them as I go. Now if I want to save my keyboard settings so that I can use them on another system, I just come to this menu here and choose Export. I'll give my settings a name and then save them to a location on my system. I recommend ultimately putting your settings on a portable thumb drive or placing it within a cloud-based location like a Dropbox folder.
Then when you go to another Final Cut system you just come up to Import, find your settings, open them up, and you're ready to go. All of your hard work in setting up your editing environment appears right in front of your eyes. So taking the time to learn keyboard shortcuts is an extremely important part of editing. You don't want to be slowed down by constantly searching through menus, trying to find what you need. So, fortunately mapping these commands and remapping them and then taking them with you wherever you go couldn't be easier.
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