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The Extend tool in Final Cut Pro is often overlooked. As you develop your use of the keyboard short cuts in the Final Cut Studio, this is certainly one to remember. For those of you not familiar with the Extend tool it extends or retracts the end of the clip to the play head. After moving the play head to the new desired duration of the clip, as long as the end of the clip is highlighted, you only need to press the E key to bring the duration of the clip in sync with the play head.

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This technique can be applied to multiple clips from different tracks at the same time. If you have more than one clip highlighted the Extend tool will reset the duration to sync to the play head.




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A very effective way to move an edit is to highlight the edit, move the play head to the point that you want the edit to be, and then press the E key. This will cause the clips to lengthen and shorten so the edit could move to the play head. This would be instead of a roll edit.

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