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Day 8 #28daysofQuickTips 2018 – Temporarily enable a tool in Final Cut Pro X

How to make a fast NLE even faster

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This is a simple little thing that makes the already fast Final Cut Pro X even faster: if you hold down the keyboard shortcut for a tool, FCPX temporarily turns that tool on until you let go.

Final Cut Pro X tools

In a tools based NLE like Final Cut Pro X you do spend a lot of time switching between tools so the keyboard shortcuts for those tools are paramount to fast editing. If you click and drag on the tool pop-up menu each time you want to change tools you are wasting a ton of time. Plus, the keyboard shortcuts for those tools are right there.

Some of those tools you often only engage for a short period of time, like a quick change to Trim for a rolling trim or a Range Selection for a fast audio duck. If you press the keyboard shortcut and continue to hold it down while you perform the operation then when you release the keyboard button it does back to the last tool you had selected.

Final Cut Pro X tools temporary

I do wish this was a little change that Adobe Premiere Pro would implement. I really like it.


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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…

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