FCPX Users! What keyboard shortcuts do you use the most?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by jakesaunders27, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Hi All,
    Im currently creating a shortcut template for TouchOSC to use with Final Cut Pro X and want to know what shortcuts you all use the most, and which ones you think should be on there but you don't use as much. Just wanted to get some input from professionals who do this day in day out, I use FCPX but only for basic edits!


  2. Deadeyeshark macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2011
  3. rwbarna macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2008
    Bernalillo, NM
    N to turn on snapping.
    Shift-Z to collapse the timeline to fit the window.
    shift-T to get to transformations.
    Cmd-4 for the inspector; Cmd-5 for effects.
    (the really nice way is to get a ShuttlePro and program the buttons).
  4. pinholestars macrumors member


    Oct 20, 2011
    Blade - Cmd + B
    Cut the primary storyline clip (or the selection) at the skimmer or playhead location

    Blade All - Cmd + Shift + B
    Cut all clips at the skimmer or playhead location

    E to add selection to the project, W to insert

    All of the tools: B,T,P,A,R

    N for snapping and Shift + Z for zoom all are for sure up there.

    I set a custom one to press enter to return to the beginning. (Like Logic and Garageband)

    A few I don't use often but are super-handy: Cmd + 7 for the video scopes, Cmd + R for retime controls, and Option + G to make a compound clip.
  5. azpekt macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2012
    hp, illinois
    alt + [ and ] - cut clip on storyline on the fly
  6. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    A, P for select and position tools.
    B for blade tool.
    V for disable/enable.
    Command T for add cross dissolve.
    Command Z and Shift Command Z for undo and redo, often used in rapid back and forth succession.
    T for trim tool.
    + and - keys for trimming or nudging clips by a set amount of frames.
    N for snapping.
    < and > to nudge regions one frame at a time.
    Space bar for play/pause :D
    Delete for deleting stuff, and the other delete key for replacing regions with a gap.
    Command C and V for copy paste.
    Option Command V for paste effects, but more often now I use Shift Command V for paste attributes.
    I and O for setting in and out points.
    R for range selection tool.
    E for appending event content to timeline.
    Option Command Up for lift from primary storyline.
    Option G for New Compound Clip.
    Command + or - for zooming on the timeline, or simply pinch on the trackpad.
    M for add new marker.
    Home and End to jump to the beginning or end of timeline.
    Up and Down arrow to move back and forth between cuts.
    Left and Right arrow to go back and forward frames.

    That about does it for me :apple:
  7. jakesaunders27 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2012
    United Kingdom
  8. Unami, Aug 1, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2014

    Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    cmd +, cmd - and J,K,L for navigating the timeline.

    and most of the shortcuts above :)

    but, honestly, i've also played with putting shortcuts on an ipad - imho, the time it takes to build a touch-osc template for this plus the time it takes to look at your ipad/iphone and tap the shortcut every time is better spent learning and practising the real keyboard shortcuts. you also don't have to look away from the screen this way, which takes you out of editing.

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