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expose_icon.gifIt's so annoying.  Forgetting to disable Expose' under your System Preferences settings, that is.  You may travel from computer to computer, workstation to workstation, edit bay to edit bay, and it never fails.  You try hitting one of those favorite keys of yours, like the Insert, Overwrite or Replace keys, only to find your screen going bonkers and splitting into pieces.  And, you forgot how to disable it. 

Expose' can be a useful tool within the Mac OSX, but when working in Final Cut Pro, the Expose' key commands will override a Final Cut Pro key command, and therefore needs to be disabled.  Go to your System Preferences Menu > Expose' & Spaces.

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Where you see F9, F10, F11, & F12 in the pull down menus, change them all to dashes.  This will now ensure your Insert, Overwrite, and Replace key commands to work rather than splitting your interface apart.

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By checking and setting your System Preferences ahead of time you can save yourself a lot of headaches and time down the road!

Be sure to check out these articles for the benefits to using Expose, and actually using Expose to your advantage in Final Cut Studio.

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