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fcp_icon.pngIn Final Cut Pro, you can locate or identify the master clip of any clip in your project by using the Reveal Master Clip command.  A master clip is the source clip in the Browser from which clips and subclips are defined.  What determines whether a clip is a master clip in Final Cut Pro?  A clip is a master clip if it represents the first use of that clip in the project.  So, for example, if you have a bunch of clips in your timeline, and you need to know what came next in a clip, but you've renamed all of your clips, you can reveal the master clip in the browser, and sort them by Media Start, then you would be able to see what came next in that clip.  You can use the keyboard shortcut Shift+F to select the master clip in the Browser.  OR...

To find a clip's master clip:  In the Browser or Timeline, select an affiliate clip.  If the Timeline is active but no clip is selected, the clip at the position of the playhead acts as the selected clip.  Choose View > Reveal Master Clip.  The master clip is automatically selected in the Browser, but the way the master clip is revealed depends on whether the Browser is in column view or icon view.

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Notes to remember:
  • If the clip's master clip doesn't reside in any of the project's bins, Final Cut will ask you if you want to create one.  Click OK to create a new master clip.  The new master clip is selected in the Browser
  • If you change the name of a master clip, the names of all the affiliate clips in the project will change as well.
  • When you create a subclip, it becomes a master clip because it will be the first use of that clip in the project.  If you rename the master clip used to create the subclip, the subclip name will not change, and the subclip will still link back to the original master clip media file.
  • To find the master clip of a subclip in the Timeline, select the clip and choose View > Reveal Subclip Parent Clip
  •  Check this article Reveal Affiliated Clips in Front Sequence, which is basically the opposite of Reveal Master Clip, to see the differences between the two.

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