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Using the Range Selection Tool in Final Cut Pro X

The Range Selection Tool in Final Cut Pro X speeds up your editing workflow by allowing you to apply changes within and between multiple clips in the Timeline.  Once you've clicked and dragged to select a range, you can trim range selections, delete them with what's effectively an extract edit, apply effects to them, and modify them in other ways too.  You can adjust the range selection start and end points using the range handles on either side of the selection and using the I key for the start (In) point and the O key for the end (Out) point.

To select a range in the Event Browser, drag across any clip.  A yellow border with handles will appear around the range you've selected. 
range.pngTo select a range in the Timeline, use the keyboard shortcut (R), or you can choose Range Selection from the Tools pop-up menu in the toolbar.
range_selection.png Drag the Range Selection tool across one or more clips in the Timeline to select a range.  To adjust the selection start and end points, drag the range handles on either side of the range.

Ducking Audio
One of the coolest functions of using the Range Selection Tool in FCPX is the automatic placement of keyframes when working with audio.  If you select a range of audio where you want to lower the volume, simply use the Range Selection tool.  Hold down the R key and drag across the section of the clip that you want to adjust; release the R key, and you have a yellow box around the range.  Now grab the black bar running thru the audio and drag it down to the desired audio level.  FCPX automates the keyframes to fade the audio at the start and end of the range.  You can also drag the individual keyframes forward or backward to adjust the speed of the fade.

Extract Edits
The Range Selection tool can also make an extract edit easy to do directly in the Timeline.  Simply select the range you want to get rid of and use the large Delete Key (a.k.a. the "Backspace" key) to perform a ripple delete, removing the chunk of clip from the Timeline and closing the resulting gap.

It's important to note that the Range Selection Tool is spring-loaded, meaning when press the R key and hold it down, once it's released the tool reverts to the previously active tool.  Whereas, if you press the R key to activate the tool, once you've selected the range, you will have to turn off the tool, by pressing the Arrow Tool (A).

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