Day 2 #28daysofquicktips – G for Storyline mode in Final Cut Pro X

This tip saves a ton of time when creating Secondary Storylines

While looking to remap some of my Final Cut Pro X keyboard I noticed the G key and realized I never really used it. Checking the command editor says G is to toggle Storyline Mode. The description says this:Toggle the ability to build Storylines when dragging clips in the timeline.

Final Cut Pro X

How glad I am I figured out Storyline Mode as it means much easier creation of Secondary Storylines. Just hold down the G key and drag one (or two or three or more) Connected Clips to the edge of another Connected Clip and watch a Secondary Storyline get automatically created.

The black wrapper envelops them all and saves a ton of time instead of selecting them and hitting COMMAND + G. It also saves time when adding a new clip to a Secondary Storyline as you don’t have to drag the clips as far into a Secondary to get a clip to pop in.

Watch the video below to see Storyline Mode in action.



The #FCPX Storyline Mode

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Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn't really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production…