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Zoom Functions in Final Cut Pro

The zoom function allows you to zoom in and out of a sequence, the viewer, or the canvas. There is more than one way to do this. First of all there is a Zoom slider bar at the bottom of the Timeline; then you have the Zoom Tool found on the tool palette which can be turned on by pressing the Z key to zoom in and out of a sequence. But, I find the easiest zoom function comes from another one of those great keyboard shortcuts, Command plus(+) and Command minus(-). To become an efficient editor adding keyboard commands to your workflow is a must. Getting into the habit of using Command + or - will then free up your Z key to map another function you use time after time, such as, mapping the Open Playhead function to your Z key.


Once you have zoomed in or out and you want to fit the sequence viewer or canvas to its window, you can then use the Shift Z combination to automatically resize what you have zoomed.

We know that the active quadrant in the Final Cut interface is shown by the light colored gray bar at the top. Command plus or minus will only zoom in on the quadrant that is active. Whereas Option plus(+) or minus(-) will always zoom in and out of the timeline window only. This is helpful when working in another window and keeping it active while still being able to zoom in on the timeline.

Another zooming function that a lot of us don't even think about, even though it is not a function of Final Cut. Control scroll is a function of the Mac OS that gives you zooming ability as well.

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