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Using Open in Editor Function in Final Cut Pro

Using the Open in Editor function in Final Cut Pro is great because it will let you open a clip's media file in other applications, such as opening a still image in Photoshop, or an audio file in Soundtrack Pro.  But it would be a huge time saver to set those defaults ahead of time, before you begin editing.  To set those external editors, you will need to navigate to the Final Cut Pro > System Settings  > External Editors Tab.

external_editors_tab.pngHere is where you can set the default for which application to open when right-clicking on still image files, video files, and audio files.  Click on Set to open the dialog box and navigate to the location of the application you want to use.  Click Choose, and the pathname appears next to the file type in the External Editors Tab.

external_editors_tab_set.pngNow when you open a clip in an external application from Final Cut Pro, it will be a much simpler process.  Select a clip in either the Browser or the Timeline, right-click, and select Open in Editor; and presto, the file automatically opens in the application you have already pre-set in the External Editors Tab.

open_in_editor.pngNow all you have to do is make the necessary revisions to the file, save the changes in the external application you are using, and when you return back to Final Cut Pro, the clip is automatically reconnected to the updated media file. 


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