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Making position adjustments with keyboard commands is a great way to make finite adjustments to clips in the Canvas. Just like making adjustments to the center position in the Motion Tab. Using one of the arrow keys with the Option key will "nudge" the highlighted clip in the direction of the arrow. By modifying the nudge function with the Command key, it will reduce the amount of the nudge to 10%. When using the nudge function you must be in Image

A great time to use the nudge function is when adjusting the position titles or graphics. Anytime you can use a keyboard command in place of mousing around the interface, you are editing efficiently. To become most efficient you should take Final Cut Training from GeniusDV. Contact us today to learn more about the options available to you.

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Working back and forth from Final Cut Pro to the Finder is even better with Total Finder. Total Finder is an application that changes your Finder into a Finder that has tabs. I know I am an excitable person, but I have to tell you, this application is AWESOME!  

Just like working in an internet Browser with tabs you are able to create additional tabs with the Command+T keyboard combination, and toggle between tabs with Control+Tab. You are also able to tear the tabs from the Finder to create a new Finder window. Using the Finder with tabs is so much more efficient than having a bunch of Finder windows open. I have been using Total Finder for just a few days, and I am very happy with it. 

I have yet to edit a Final Cut project with the Total Finder, but I am confident that when I do that it will be very functional. 

Total Finder is  free until it hit's version 1.0.0. Once Total Finder hits v1.0 it will cost $15. Money well spent in my opinion.
A Fit to Fill edit in Final Cut Pro is also known as a four point edit. When you have an in and out point in the Timeline, and an in and out point in the viewer that have two different durations, you are in position to perform a Fit to Fill edit. The Fit to Fill edit does exactly what the name says, it fits to Fill. When the duration between the in and out points in the Viewer is shorter than the in and out points in the Timeline, Fit to Fill will calculate how much slower to play the clip, so that it fills the duration it is filling in the Timeline. Conversely when the duration between the in and out points in the Viewer is longer than the in and out points in the Timeline, Fit to Fill will calculate how much faster to play the clip, so that it fills the duration it is filling in the Timeline.

If a clip is brought into the Timeline, and then the discovery is made, that a portion of the clip can not be used, and a gap is created, you can set an in and out point where the clip needs to fill, and drag the portion still in the Timeline into the Canvas, and drop it on Fit to Fill, or use the Shift+F11 keyboard combo. This will change the speed of the clip to fit the desired duration.

Another way to do a Fit to Fill, is to use the Speed Tool. The Speed tool will allow you to change the duration of a clip without changing the amount of media used. After turning on the Speed Tool (SSS), you can act as if you are trimming the clip in the Timeline, and  in fact change the speed of the clip, which in turn changes the duration of the clip.

These are all useful ways to get a clip to the optimal condition for your situation. Check out our Final Cut Pro classes, sign up for a class today, and become a more efficient Final Cut editor.

fcp_icon.pngIf you can't hear your audio while working in Final Cut Pro, but can see the levels pulsating in the meter, you may want to first be sure that your volume level is up, and not muted. Otherwise it is most common that the Audio is being routed through the Firewire, or another output choice. To reset the Audio to the system you need to go to the View menu, and change the Audio Playback to Default.

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If you are going out via Firewire, you will need to have the camera or deck connected to speakers. It is also possible that you will need to separate the Audio from the Video by choosing to uncheck Audio Follows Video, which is the top choice at Audio Playback.

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