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Interface Keyboard Shortcut Tip for Final Cut Pro

fcp_icon.pngAre you using keyboard shortcuts in the Final Cut Pro interface to move from window to window?  If not, you could be wasting valuable editing time "mousing around".  As you know, the Final Cut Pro interface is made up of 4 main windows:  the Browser, the Viewer, the Canvas, and the Timeline.  It is important to know which window is "active" at all times.  Different keyboard commands could mean different things or perform in different ways in each of the 4 windows.  Therefore, knowing which window is "active", (by seeing which one is highlighted in light gray) allows you to be able to use keyboard shortcuts effectively.

Ok, so how do I jump from window to window without touching my mouse?  CMD + 1,2,3,or 4 lets you jump from window to window in the FCP interface.  Burn this into your memory...trust me, it will save you tons of time once you have it.  CMD+1 activates the Viewer, CMD+2 activates the Canvas, CMD+3 activates the Timeline, and CMD+4 activates the Browser.

cmd1234.pngIf you're not using CMD+123 or 4, start using it right now, and once you get used to it, you will find yourself saving time and your carpals!

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