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Mac OS and Final Cut Studio Efficiency

Being efficient in Final Cut Pro is all about keyboard shortcuts. This is secondary, or in conjunction with keyboard shortcuts for the Mac OS. Two of the top keyboard shortcuts to being efficient with the Mac OS are bringing up the Spotlight with Command+Spacebar, and using Command+Tab to bring up the Application Switcher.

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Using the Spotlight to launch applications is EXTREMELY efficient. Personally I keep nothing in the Dock anymore, because I launch everything from the Spotlight. By bringing up the Spotlight with Command+Spacebar, and starting to type the name of the application you wish to launch, Spotlight will isolate the application, and then you need only hit enter to launch the application. Depending on the application it typically only takes a few clicks to isolate the application you are looking for, and Spotlight will remember what you opened last based on the first letter. For example if Final Cut Pro is the last application opened, it will come up before Fetch, even though Fetch comes before Final alphabetically.

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Using the Application Switcher is a must when working in Final Cut Pro. Because we are constantly going back and forth to the Finder as well as other applications in the Final Cut Studio. There are two ways to use the Application Switcher. The first is by simply using the keyboard shortcut Command+Tab. This will bring up the last application (or Finder) you had open. The second way to use the Application switcher is to hold the Command key down, and hit the Tab key until the desired application is selected. If you go too far, you can go the opposite direction in the Switcher by using the Tilde key (this is the key directly above the Tab key, and below the Escape key) . You can also map the Application Switcher to a mouse button. 

If you do not currently use these keyboard shortcuts, I highly suggest implementing them into your workflow. They will most definitely improve your efficiency.
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