- Now that we've duplicated our keyboard, let's add a few shortcut keys to perform some functions in our timeline that didn't have shortcuts assigned to them. So I'm in my Final Cut Pro, Commands, Customize, and in the last movie we created a keyboard using the Duplicate process and named it My Favorite Shortcuts. So I'm on the My Favorite Shortcuts keyboard, and what I'd like to do is actually add some shortcut keys for retiming functions in Final Cut. First of all, command r activates the retime editor which allows you to perform all different types of slowing down or increasing the speed of your footage, but there are a few keys that aren't mapped to keyboard shortcuts.
One of them is very simple and I use it all the time, it's the ability to reverse the direction of a clip. So I'm going to do a search here at the top for Reverse. And you'll see that under Retime Reverse Clip, there is no modifier key assigned to it. Since r seems to be where a few of the Retime functions are being used, I'm going to click on the r to reveal it over here at the side where my Retime Reverse clip still appears. And what I'm going to do is assign it to the option shift key, you can see it's just above the control shift for Render All.
I'll select the Retime, I'll click and hold down and simply drag it to that key. You'll see now that Retime Reverse Clip now has the option shift r key assigned to it, cool. Now I want to do this to one more Retime effect, and all of the Retime effects are available under Effects, but I can't see them because I've done a search. So I'll clear my search, and I'll scroll down to see that I can also make a Retime effect of a Fast, which is 200% of the speed of the original 100% value.
I'll add this Retime Fast 2x to control command. So I'll click and drag over to control command r, I'll release the mouse, Retime Fast 2x, and Retime Reverse Clip are now mapped to these two keys. Now let's see one of these in action after I save. So what we'll see Retime Reverse Clip, notice again that's option shift r, I'll press save and go to the x on the top right corner in order to go back into my project. So I just want to reverse the time of that clip, up this Quadcopter clip that's moving forward right now.
So I'll play that clip forward, and you can see here that's it's definitely playing forward, but if I stop playback with the space bar and then press option shift r, I now have a Retime clip playing backwards at negative 100% speed. I'll just select that clip and hit the forward slash key, that clip is indeed playing backwards, and how quick and easy was it for us to reverse the direction of that clip using an assigned keyboard shortcut that we created.
I should also mention that certain keyboard shortcuts may have the word system reserved on them. This means that the MacOS is currently using this, and it's not available to us until we switch it under our shortcut preferences under keyboard.
- Using global keyboard shortcuts
- Adding keywords with shortcuts
- Rejecting clips with shortcuts
- Navigating and marking footage with shortcuts
- Editing with shortcuts
- Customizing keyboard shortcuts