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Top 40 Keyboard Shortcuts for Final Cut Pro X

Top 40 Keyboard Shortcuts for Final Cut Pro X

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You can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly accomplish many tasks in Final Cut Pro. To use a keyboard shortcut, press all the keys in the shortcut at the same time. 

The most efficient editors tend to master major keyboard shortcuts, without relying strictly upon user interface buttons and commands.  Use this cheat sheet to help ingrain the editing commands you use most in Final Cut Pro X! Top 40 Keyboard Shortcuts for common commands are listed in the table below. 


Option + N Create a new Event
Cmd + N Create a new Project
Shift + Cmd + D Create a Project Snapshot
Cmd + [plus] Zoom into Timeline or image
Cmd + [ minus ] Zoom out of Timeline or image
Shift + Z Size the Timeline or image to fit in the window
Control + Cmd + 1 Toggle Library and Browser display on or off
Control + Cmd + 3 Toggle Event Viewer open / closed
J – K – L Reverse – Stop – Play the playhead (Tap multiple times to change speed)
S Toggle skimming on or off
N Toggle snapping on or off
V Toggle clip visibility on or off
Control + Y Toggle skimmer info display on/off in Browser
Cmd + 4 Toggle Inspector open/closed
Cmd + 5 Toggle Effects Browser open/closed
Cmd + 6 Toggle Color Board open/closed
Cmd + 7 Toggle video scope display on/off


I Set the In at the position of the skimmer/playhead
Shift + I Jump the playhead to the In
Option + I Delete the In
O Set the Out at the position of the skimmer/playhead
Shift + O Jump the playhead to the Out
Option + O Delete the Out
Option + X Delete both the In and the Out
M Add a marker
Option + M Add a marker and open the edit marker dialog
E Perform an Append edit
W Perform an Insert edit
D Perform an Overwrite edit
Q Perform a Connected edit
Shift + G Create a connected storyline
Shift + 1 Edit audio and video to the Timeline
Shift + 2 Edit video-only to the Timeline
Shift + 3 Edit audio-only to the Timeline
Option + W Insert a gap at the position of the skimmer/playhead
Control + S Expand/collapse audio from synced video
Option + Control + S Expand/collapse audio components (multitrack audio)
Shift + Cmd + F Play project full screen (ESC to return)
Shift + ? Play a few seconds before and after the skimmer/playhead position


A Select the Arrow (selection) tool
T Select the Trim tool
P Select the Position tool
B Select the Blade tool
R Select the Range tool
Shift + X Jump the selected edit point to the position of the skimmer/playhead
[ comma ] / [ period ] Move selected clip or edit point one frame left/right
Shift + [ comma ] / Shift + [ period ] Move selected clip or edit point ten frames left/right

Other cool shortcuts

Cmd + T Add cross-dissolve
Control + T Add default full-screen title
Shift + Control + T Add default lower-third title
Cmd + E Export master file of project

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