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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 we have got a pretty good foundation on the basics of working within the Final Cut timeline. I would like to take an opportunity in this movie to just go through and review many of the important navigation techniques that will streamline your experience even more. So I am going to hop into 3.8, and there are couple of techniques that we have already covered, which I'll briefly recount here, and then I'll go over some additional tips as well. I am going to start up here in this general area. Now we already know about Snapping.
When I have Snapping on then my playhead is sort of magnetized to my edit points. This is really useful for a lot of editing functions. If I want to turn that off I just press N, and it's no longer magnetized, it's just kind of free-floating playhead, and that's also useful for several editing functions. So most of the time I do leave that on, as that is really handy, and I want to skip over the Solo button for now and go to Audio Skimming. Now Audio Skimming simply enables a digital audio scrub during skimming, so if I turn that on and... (video playing) So, this can be really useful if you're trying to find a particular audio edit cue.
You know but most of the time I turn this off, because it tends to drive me a little crazy if I'm going through the timeline like... (video playing) It's not a very good way to work. So I tend to turn this off. You can do that by pressing Shift+S and then whenever you need it, Shift+S, and it's back on. To the left of Audio Skimming is just the Skimming controls, which lets you skim video. Now this is on by default and allows me to skim over clips without clicking my mouse. If I want to turn this off, which I can do by clicking on this button or by pressing the keyboard shortcut S, then skimming is disabled, and when I move my cursor around in the timeline, I do not receive visual feedback. This behavior now in the next, and prior versions of Final Cut Pro, as well as other major editing platforms.
If I do want visual feedback in the viewer, I just click up here in this Timecode bar, and that's how I receive my visual feedback. Let's go ahead and turn that back on for now, so I'll just press S, and I have have got my video skimming back. Now let's talk about zooming. To zoom into the timeline you just press Command+Plus several times, Command+Plus, and it's always going to zoom around my skimmer. If I want to zoom out, I press Command+Minus several times, and that's zooming out, and if I would like to fill my entire sequence in the timeline, I just press Shift+Z.
If I want to navigate from clip to clip, I just press the Up and Down arrow, like so. I press up to go backwards, and I press the Down Arrow to go forwards. If I want to nudge a clip to the left or right, I just select the clip and then press the comma key to move it one a frame to the left or the Period key to move it one frame to the right. I am going to zoom in here so that we can see exactly what's going on, Command+Plus. So as I am nudging this back and forth with the Comma key and the Period key, you can see that the area left behind becomes a Gap Clip.
If I want to nudge the clips 10 frames to the left or the right, I just select the clip and then press Shift+Period to go to the right 10 frames at a time or Shift+Comma to go to the left 10 frames at a time. And again, you can see what happens with the Gap Clips. And just to review, if I would like to play a particular portion of the timeline, I just mark an in and an out and then press the Forward Slash key, which is the same key that the question mark is on. (BD Dautch: There is definitely a movement happening. It's not just here--) And one last thing, if you are zoomed in and you just want to pan around the Timeline, I can come in into this menu here and get the Hand button and then just sort of grab on to the Timeline and move it around, like so.
So, there are some good tips and techniques for some further timeline navigation methods. I recommend that you use as many of these as often as you can so that you can rely more and more on your keyboard and less on your mouse. Doing so will make you a faster and more efficient editor.
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