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Clip Appearances in Final Cut Pro X

This Final Cut Pro X lesson covers the basics of adjusting clip appearances within the Event Browser window.


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Okay, let’s investigate some more options within the event Browser window.

Remember, the event browser contains clips that reference content and media on a hard disk inside a folder called Final Cut Events.
 
When you park over a clip, you can skim across the clip by simply dragging your mouse over the clip area.

Notice how each clip points to a specific piece of media. 

This functionality is called skimming.

Now remember, chances are, all of your clips represent different durations of media. 

This makes it a challenge when trying to skim through clips that have a long duration.

So check this out, I’m going to click on the Skateboard Media event.  In this event, you can see that we have one clip that is at least 10 seconds long.

If I need to be precise when skimming through this clip, it may make sense to adjust the duration slider to show me more clip frames.

By changing this duration slider, you can tell Final Cut to give you a larger clip area to skim based on the media that each clip points to.

So if I adjust this duration slider to 2 seconds, each of these blocks represents 2 seconds of media.

Since there’s no traditional source window within Final Cut Pro X, this slider becomes a critical component of being able to skim through your media.

You can see it’s now much easier for me to be precise when skimming through this longer clip.

Fortunately there are keyboard shortcuts for almost every function within Final Cut Pro.

Turns out, the keyboard shortcut command shift comma will move the duration slider to a larger value.

And command shift period will move the duration slider to a smaller value.

While this may seem a bit awkward at first, you can always map this duration slider functionally to a single keystroke or something that makes more sense.

Now don’t worry, we’ll cover configuring keyboard shortcuts in a later lesson.

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Final Cut Pro Events was the previous entry in this blog.

List View in Final Cut Pro X Browser Window is the next entry in this blog.

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