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Importing video from a camera in Final Cut Pro X

FCPX's Import Camera tool makes it stunningly easy to import video from your camera and jump right into editing.  This brief walkthrough illustrates just how easy that can be, whether you intend to import all of the video from a camera, some of the shots, or even selected portions of shots on the camera.  Enjoy the video, and see the bonus protip after the jump...

If you're marking In and Out—pardon, Start and End points—in the Camera Import window, you can import those portions of clips quickly by pressing the Return key twice.  The first Return displays the Import Settings pane, and the second Return confirms that you want to import using those settings.  After a while, you may get annoyed that it takes almost a full second for the Import Settings pane to fly out from the top of the screen, then fly back off-screen when you confirm.

There's a hidden system preference that controls the animation speed of that pane.  Needless to say, we couldn't possibly recommend tinkering around with hidden system preferences, especially on machines with anything valuable on them.  But if you, at your own risk, wanted to play around with the free TinkerTool software, you could speed up the pane animation, which would speed up your workflow in the Import Camera window:

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