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The snapping feature in Final Cut Pro produces a sort-of magnetic property, for example when dragging clips from the browser down into the timeline, the clips automatically snap to other clips in the sequence.  The N key toggles snapping on & off as well as the snapping button above the timeline.  You can tell if the snapping is on by looking at the snapping button in the timeline button well; when the button is green, snapping is on.


In Final Cut Pro, sometimes it is easier to drag the handles of selected clips within the Canvas rather than within the Motion Tab and adjusting the parameters.  You have to make sure you are in Image+Wireframe mode to use the Wireframe handles. To toggle between Image, Image + Wireframe, & Wireframe, use the W key.


To move a clip, select a clip from the Timeline and within the Tool palette, click on the Selection Tool and drag the layer to a new position, whether it's partly or completely outside the canvas.


When it comes to User Preferences in Final Cut Pro, some editors might agree that one of the most important preferences is changing the number of Levels of Undo.  Levels of Undo is defaulted at only 10.  There's no reason to leave that default set at 10.  The maximum levels of undo is 99.  Every editor should always make sure to set it at a maximum of 99.  The Undo feature, or my favorite shortcut CMD+Z, is a great way to back out of a series of minor changes that maybe you decided not to use for a particular sequence.  To change the Levels of Undo, navigate to the Final Cut Pro User Preferences.


The Levels of Undo option will be at the top left of the dialog box that opens.  Set a new value (like 99), and click OK

levels_of_undo.pngMay I suggest however, that if you did want to try out some radical changes to your sequence, save it first before making the changes and not have to rely so heavily on the undo button.  That way if you don't like the effects you can always revert back to what you had before by using the Revert function.


In Final Cut Pro you can customize the keyboard layout. Often editors will save their layouts by their own name. When another editor starts to use a particular Final Cut system they switch to their personal layout. If you don't have a layout, and want to reset Final Cut Pro to the default keyboard layout you can do so by following these steps:

Go to the Tools Menu > Keyboard Layout > Default Layout - U.S.


And that's it!  Super easy. 

Another consideration is that when you do save your own keyboard layout, you can save it to your iDisk, so you have it wherever you have an internet connection.

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Here is a great explanation about using modifier keys in Final Cut Pro

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