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Add Edit vs Blade tool in Final Cut Pro

Here is a quick tutorial showing the advantages of mapping the Add Edit function to your keyboard versus using the Blade Tool.

Anytime you can perform one step in place of four you are being more efficient. GeniusDV students are always shocked when their instructor tells them that they almost never use the Blade tool. At GeniusDV we encourage our students to use the Add Edit function rather than the Blade tool. To use the Blade tool the user must move the playhead to the position they desire to cut a clip, then turn on the Blade tool, next the tool must be brought to the playhead, and then the primary mouse button must be clicked, after using the Blade tool it must be be turned off by selecting the Selection tool. This process can be expedited by using key commands, but it isnít anywhere near the efficiency of using the Add Edit function. To use the Add Edit function place the playhead where you desire a new edit, and perform an Add edit. The default key command for performing an Add Edit is Control+V, but since it is such a frequently used function it is a good idea to assign it to a unmodified keyboard command. When we look at the unmodified keyboard layout we see that the Y key does not have a keyboard command assigned to it by default. The letter Y actually looks like what the Add Edit function does. It goes from 1 to 2. To assign the Add Edit function to the Y key, just unlock the keyboard layout, search out the Add Edit function, and then drag it onto the Y key.

When using the Add edit function it will place an edit in all active tracks. An active track is a track that has the auto select turned on. For example here I have the auto selects inactive in tracks 1 and 2, and when I perform the add edit, only tracks 3 and 4 are cut. This is necessary when making cuts during playback. In most other cases it is easier to leave all the auto selects active, select the clips you desire to cut, and then the add edit function will only cut the selected clips. However if you are using the Add Edit function during playback it will not matter whether clips are selected or not, the add edit function will affect all clips that have active auto selects.

Using Add edit in place of the Blade tool is a classic example of the type of workflows we teach in our 4 and 5 day Final Cut Studio class at GeniusDV. Becoming efficient will save time, and time is money. The cost of training is a drop in the bucket compared to the amount you will save by becoming efficient.  Whether you come to our training center, or have us come to your location and train your whole team, it all starts with one phone call, so call us today.

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