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Set Duration for Multiple Final Cut Pro clips

There is an interesting trick for changing the duration for multiple Final Cut Pro clips all at the same time. The catch is, you can only add or subtract frames. However, this is still a very powerful feature.

A great example would be when you want to put together a montage of clips, and you need to experiment with different durations.

Drag all of your clips or still images to an empty timeline, and then you can adjust the durations for all of them together.

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Highlight all the clips and then right click on one of them. You can then specify a new duration for all your clips.

Here is the catch:

Final Cut Pro will set the duration for the clip that you've clicked on to the exact duration that you specify. However it will trim all the other clips relative to their original duration.

So in this example, there are four clips with the durations (left to right) of 1:00, 1:03, 1:07. and 1:12.

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Therefore, if all the clips were highlighted, and you changed the first clip to 2:00,

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Final Cut Pro would adjust the cilps accordingly to: 2:00, 2:03, 2:07, and 2:12.

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Of course, if you were experimenting will clips that were all the same duration to begin with, then they would all change to the new duration accordingly.

Bottom line, this is a fantastic trick for those creating slide-shows where they need the ability to experiment with different durations of clips. (1:00 vs 1:15) and so on.

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