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When rough editing, you don't worry about the exact length of each clip.  You're working from the rough cut to the fine cut, and each time you edit, you're refining.  Final Cut Pro has lots of tools to help you get your work done faster.  Here is one to help you make your selections faster; the Edit Selection Tool.

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The Edit Selection Tool is located directly below the Selection Tool in the Tool Palette and actually consists of 3 separate tools:  The Edit Selection Tool, the Group Selection Tool, and the Range Selection Tool.  You can use the Edit Selection Tool by pressing the G key and click and drag over the ends of a clip to select it, like lassoing the end of a clip.  Suppose you have two clips making an edit on Track 1 and another 2 clips making a edit on Track 2 directly above the clips on Track 1.  You want to adjust the edit points between all of the clips at once.  By using the Edit Selection Tool, you can select the edit points and adjust; it will move both edit points at the same time.

Another way to use the Edit Selection Tool is if you wanted to add a bunch of transitions to stacked clips.  Select the end edit point for all of the clips using the Edit Selection Tool, and press Cmd+T; this adds transitions to every clip at the same time.  Cool.  You can also use the tool for selecting multiple tracks for an extend edit as well.

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