Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Three Timeline tricks, part of Final Cut Pro X Weekly.
- [Nick] Hi welcome to Final Cut Pro X Weekly. I'm Nick and Jeff's not here this week. - [Jeff] Yeah, I'm not here. - [Nick] Today we're going to talk about Three Timeline Tricks that you should definitely know when using Final Cut Pro X. Our key concepts that we're going to explore is the Position Tool, so that we could have some free range movement in the timeline and not be restricted by the default selection tool as in the magnetic timeline. We're then going to take a look at the powerful Timeline Index and the amazing richness of selections that we have there, anywhere from being able to search and find your clips in the timeline, to working with to do markers, and working with metadata, as well as just a brief overview of the role selections as well.
We're then going to play around with title and music visibility, being able to turn things on and off in the timeline, and then finish it off with a game changer, the find and replace title feature, where we can take or search for a particular type of text and then replace it with ease inside the timeline. Let's hop into Final Cut Pro X. So I'm here in Final Cut Pro X, and, and I've got a brief project opened here, and the default selection tool is grayed for a couple of reasons. Where, what it does, is it allows me to select clips and if I decide to move them, everything in my project sticks together, but it's somewhat limiting as well.
Let's say that I wanted to move this clip and not have the other clips move out of the way or let's say, override a clip. Maybe I wanted to take this clip and move it all the way down here, inside the timeline, kind of like the old default selection tool in Final Cut Pro XII. Well this is where you enter what's called the Position Tool. The Position Tool is available from the toolbar over here where we can (mumbles) P for Position, and the amazing thing about it is that it allows you to move clips freely. Now the first warning I'll give you is if you use the Position Tool, is it can be destructive, i.e. if I start to move this clip, what happens is, a gap is left in it's place, and if I released it right now, it would overwrite the clip that is underneath it, but the great part about it is that I can move this clip anywhere, freely within my timeline, and even past where my project ends.
I'm just going to press command + Z to undo that. The thing here with the default of the Position Tool that I like is first of all you have the ability to take let's say a clip that is above a primary storyline and where a gap clip is underneath it, I just simply drag it down. You'll notice that it now overwrites that gap and I have that free flowing movement inside the primary storyline which can be extremely helpful in my projects. This Position Tool also carries up here into the browser. So if I select a clip with the Position Tool, basically I can move this wherever I want and I'm not limited to the magnetic timeline by default.
So that was tip number one. I'm just going to press command + Z to undo that clip. Enter the timeline index, and the timeline index is a feature that is just fantastic for you to navigate throughout your clips in a variety of different ways as well as maybe even move between markers. So if I click on this Index button here, on the the top left-hand corner of the timeline, enter that timeline index, I can at first of all search for any clip inside my timeline. So I know some of my clips are named MIB_089 from this film, and you'll see down here it shows me the two clips that are in that timeline.
If I select one of them, it moves to that clip right away. It's a great way to identify clips inside your project. Not only that, if I clear my search results, things such as Cross Dissolves that I've added to my music, I can move to those Cross Dissolves with ease, click in my timeline with ease, and it's going to move me right to that position. Even further, I could use metadata, or I could use the metadata such as keyword collections that I'd entered on clips earlier within the browser and be able to find clips based on the metadata that I'd given them. So if I go here to the Tags pane, you'll notice that I've actually entered three keywords for various clips, if I actually click on this keyword stills, just notice it moves to that one clip in my timeline that was given that keyword.
The clip that I gave the motion graphics keyword, just notice it jumps there. The keyword of footage, you can see it jumps to that clip there. On top of that, the Tags tab or the Tags pane, also allows you to move between markers. So let me come down here to the beginning of my timeline. I'm actually going to create a marker here, where I want to allow an Assistant Editor to create a title later on. The way that we create markers in Final Cut, one way is to press m, and I'm going to follow that with m again to edit the marker. You can see here I have an untitled Marker 2, and I'll say Add Title, and I'll just going to, instead of hitting Done, I'm going to make this a to do marker, and what's going to happen is this title is going to turn red.
Once I press Done, you'll notice here that I have a to do marker, and by the way, at the bottom of the Tags pane, what you could do is just show your standard markers, or let's say, just show your to do markers. If you're like me and give several keywords to all of your clips, this actual pane is going to be rich with information, and being able to isolate and focus on let's say, just your to do markers, is going to be extremely helpful. So here, if I come in Final Cut and then now, I am the Assistant Editor, and go up to my Titles and Generator's sidebar, I'll go into my Build In/Out Titles, and let's just say select a Custom title, I'm here I'm using the Position Tool still, so I'm just going to be very careful, and I'm just going to drag it over top.
You'll see that that title is added for the time being and what I could do is actually go back to that marker, I can select it, in fact, if I double click it here, it will open up that edit marker window and I can mark it as complete. Once I click that, keep in mind that marker is going to disappear because I've isolated my view to just show my to do items. Now, if I go to my show completed to do items, you can see that that marker shows up, and in fact the marker gets a different color, and we have several movies on how to use Roles in Final Cut, so keep in mind you can go to your Roles pane and the default Roles for video are Titles gets a purple color, and Video gets a blue color, but if I wanted to I could come here to my Roles pane and actually just turn off all the Titles in my timeline by simply clicking that checkbox.
Well that timeline index is your gateway for searching clips, searching metadata, and even turning off particular Roles in your Final Cut Pro X timeline. So speaking of titles, I have two titles here, I'm just going to kind of move throughout, I'm going to move over to the middle of the title. I want to show you that this date is set to October 1963, and then I have another date here, the Producer has just allowed me to know that these dates are wrong. The two events that took place in this film, happened to be in 1962. Imagine I had 30 titles all depicting the wrong date.
Enter, find, and replace title text. So this feature is available under the Edit menu and what you can do is, I'll just head to the very bottom where I see Find and Replace Title Text, and I want to ask it to find the date 1963 and I want it to replace that with 1962. I'm going to search All Titles in Projects, and in a second I'm going to Replace All. I want to make sure this Loop search button is checked 'cause what it's going to do is from your play head's position, start to search your timeline, and I want it to loop to the beginning of the project to find all the titles in there.
If I wanted to I could match the case, I could match whole words, and with these selections, I'm just going to click one button, and after that's checked, let me just close out the window, you saw the change over this title, 1962, you saw the change now as well over the first title in my timeline because of that loop search. So there you have it. You've got your ability of free form movement with the Position Tool, the rich timeline index to navigate between clips and search metadata and add markers and have a to do marker workflow, as well as finding and replacing title text inside the timeline.
I'm Nick, thanks for tuning in to Final Cut Pro X Weekly.
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