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Tip #1772: The “Invisible” Quick Export Button

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One click speeds your project on it’s way.

The Quick Export menu (yours may look different) in the top right corner.

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Hidden in a corner of the Final Cut Pro interface is the Quick Export button. This is a fast way to get your projects out of Final Cut using just the mouse.

As the screen shot illustrates, in the top right corner of the Final Cut interface is the Send icon.

Click it to display the list of all current export destinations.

Using this menu, you can export the current project in the timeline using a single mouse click.

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To change the options displayed in this menu, either choose Add Destination from the bottom of this menu or go to: Final Cut Pro > Preferences > Destinations.


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Tip #1769: Fix for FCP Crashes in Big Sur

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Most often, frequent crashes means something is out of date.

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David M. reports:

FYI, I updated to Big Sur & FCP 10.5.2. I got continuous crashes on opening FCP until I uninstalled all Core Melt apps.

Everything is now fine. Didn’t lose any work.

Larry adds: Thanks, David, for the heads up.


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Tip #1771: Tips to Help Find Clips Faster

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Final Cut provides very powerful and flexible search across all media.

The Keyword Editor (shortcut: Cmd+K) in Final Cut Pro.

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Looking for better ways to organize and find media in Final Cut Pro? The secret is keywords. These three articles illustrate how keywords can help you get organized.


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Tip #1750: Render Neat Video Effects Faster

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Neat Video renders very slowly. Here’s how to speed it up.

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Neat Video makes an effect that removes video noise, which occurs when shooting in low-light situations. The filter creates amazing results, but takes forever to render.

This workaround was suggested by Brian Galford.

The Neat Video filter will render the entire duration of any clip it is applied to. So the key to faster rendering is to only apply the effect to those portions of a clip that need it.

For example, if you apply the filter to a ten second clip, but five seconds are covered by B-roll, cut the underlying clip containing the effect at the start and end of the shot above it. That way, only the visible part of the clip will render.

As well, if you’ve applied the filter to the entire underlying clip, be sure to remove or disable it from those portions that are covered by another clip.


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Tip #1751: Create Selects with Keywords

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Keywords are a fast, highly-flexible way to organize clips.

The Keyword Editor in Final Cut Pro.

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In the old days, we would create a timeline, then add clips to it based upon the shots we liked. This worked, but it wasn’t very efficient.

The reason it wasn’t efficient was that these timelines containing “selects” didn’t tell us anything about the contents of the clips. Suddenly, our selects morphed into multiple timelines, renaming clip segments… like Topsy, it could quickly get out of control.

Instead, FCP offers keywords.

In the Browser, set an In and an Out marking a clip range that you like, then assign one or more keywords describing that section. For example: Scene, actor, interior/exterior, angle, content… whatever is important to you.

NOTE: To open the Keyword Editor either click the key icon in the top left corner of Final Cut, or type Cmd + K.

Enter as many keywords as you like, separated by commas. (See screen shot).

To view all the clips containing a specific keyword, twirl down the Event containing the media you want to search and click the name of the keyword. Only those segments containing that keyword are displayed in the Browser.

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To reveal all clips, again, click the name of the Event.

For more powerful searches, use the Search Filter. Here’s a tutorial from my website that illustrates this in more detail.


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Tip #1752: More Keyword Tips

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Keywords can organize hundreds of clips much more flexibly than building them into a timeline.

The Keyword Editor showing keyboard shortcuts for the first 9 keywords.

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Keywords are a very flexible way to organize clips and clip segments. They are also very, very fast.

Tip #1751 presented the basics of creating keywords. Here are some more tips.

  • To add the same keyword to multiple clips, select the clips then add the keyword using the Keyword Editor (shortcut: Cmd + K).
  • To delete a keyword from one clip, select the clip, open the Keyword Editor and remove the keyword from the top line.
  • To delete a keyword from all clips to which it is applied, select the keyword in the Library List, then type Cmd + Delete.
  • To replace one of the keywords in the Keyword Editor, simply enter the new keyword in place of the old one.
  • To find all clips that contain at least one of multiple keywords, select multiple keywords in the Library List (this performs a Boolean “OR” search).
  • To apply keywords using keyboard shortcuts, make sure the keyword you want to apply is listed in the Keyword Editor (shortcut: Control + 1 – 9).

For more powerful searches, use the Search Filter. Here’s a tutorial from my website that illustrates this in more detail.


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Tip #1732: Create Custom Column Sets Faster

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The new custom Column Sets allow greater Browser flexibility.

Control-click any Browser column header when in List view to access this new menu.

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(I discovered this tip while researching my recent PowerUP webinar illustrating New Features in Apple Compressor & Final Cut Pro.)

One of the new features in the 10.5.3 update to Final Cut Pro is custom Column Sets. These determine the columns of metadata that appear in List view in the Browser.

In the past, we could Control-click any column header when in List view in the Browser and choose from a variety of data fields. Then, we could drag column headers left or right to change the order. Those options were expanded in this update.

Now, we can create an unlimited number of Column Sets, each with different data fields and organization.

NOTE: Here’s a link that explains this feature in more detail.

The tip behind this feature is to avoid starting with the Column Editor (simply because it provides an overwhelming list of choices).

Instead, Control-click any column header (red arrow in screen shot), make sure the Default Column Set is checked, then choose Save Column Set As.

This duplicates the default set, allowing you to configuring columns with many of the fields you will ultimately want to use already included in the set.

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Once you create the duplicate, you can open the Column Editor and add any missing fields that you need. It is always easier to start with a mostly-complete project than build a new one from scratch.

You can switch between them as often as you want.


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Tip #1733: Two Hidden Ways to Import Clips

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Both Drag & Drop and Copy/Paste are faster than the Media Import window.

The Apple Final Cut Pro logo.

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(I discovered this tip while researching my recent PowerUP webinar illustrating New Features in Apple Compressor & Final Cut Pro.)

We are all familiar with importing clips using the Media Import window. However, there are two lesser known ways to import clips; one of which was broken until the latest release. Both of these are faster.

DRAG and DROP

We can drag clips from the Finder into either the Timeline or Browser.

NOTE: All clips that you drag into Final Cut will follow current Import preferences.

  • Clips dragged into the Browser will sort according to your current Browser sort settings.
  • Clips dragged into the Timeline will edit into the Primary storyline in the order in which they were selected.

COPY / PASTE

You can copy clips from the Finder and paste them into the Final Cut timeline.

NOTE: All clips that are pasted into Final Cut will follow current Import preferences.

Clips pasted into the Timeline will edit into the Primary storyline in the order in which they were selected.

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While you can copy/paste clips into the Timeline, you can not copy/paste clips into the Browser.


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Tip #1713: Apple Updates Final Cut Pro

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The latest version includes new Browser and search features.

The Final Cut Pro logo, along with the latest release number.

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Last week, as part of updates to all their media applications, Apple updated Final Cut Pro to version 10.5.3. The new version improves the Browser, metadata and search, as well as quashing a variety of bugs.

Here’s the complete list of new features and fixes, as released by Apple:

  • Create and edit custom column views with the new column editor.
  • Search for media in the browser using expanded criteria including clip names, markers, and notes.
  • Sort clips in the browser according to type, including proxy, optimized, and missing media.
  • Fixes an issue where adjusting audio keyframes on one side of a blade edit shifts keyframes unexpectedly on the other side.
  • Restores support for copying clips from the Finder and pasting into the timeline.
  • Improves stability when copying events in the browser to a library stored on an external hard drive.
  • Fixes an issue in which the timeline index was not displaying active angle information for multicam clips.
  • Fixes an issue where Canon Cinema RAW Light and RED RAW media could not be imported if a camera card was mounted when launching Final Cut Pro.
  • Improves reliability when importing an FCPXML file with missing media.
  • Fixes an issue with the Color Mask in which dragging to select a range with the eyedropper did not display the selection circle.
  • Improves reliability when using the Select Next Clip command.
  • Improves reliability when app switching to Final Cut Pro with an external hard drive connected.
  • Improves reliability when quitting Final Cut Pro during a background render.
  • Improves stability and performance when working with multicam clips that contain corrupt media.
  • Fixes an issue in which audio waveforms would sometimes not update when using the Trim tool to perform a slip edit.

Here’s a link to Apple’s Release Notes for Final Cut Pro.


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Tip #1716: New! Browser Column Views in FCP

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Column sets are a great way to organize the display of Browser data.

Control-click any column header in the Browser to access the new column set features.

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The Browser in Final Cut Pro holds a wealth of technical information about clips and projects. While we’ve always been able to view this information, we’ve never been able to organize it.

Until now.

With the 10.5.3 update to Final Cut, Apple added the ability to create and share column sets. That is, we can select which columns we want to display in the Browser, save those changes and share them with others.

“The column settings include available columns, column order, column width, column visibility, and custom metadata fields. You can easily copy column sets to another computer, or share them with friends and colleagues so that the same column sets are available in their browser.” (Apple Help)

  • Control-click any column header in the Browser and choose Edit Available Columns. This determines which fields are displayed when you Control-click a column header.
  • Since the default column set can’t be changed, you’ll be asked to create a new column set.

NOTE: This is exactly the same concept as creating a new keyboard shortcut command set.

  • You are then presented with a list of HUNDREDS of metadata fields to add or remove from the Browser.
  • Check those you want, uncheck those you don’t.
  • Click OK when you are done.

What you’ve done is create a master list of fields that can be displayed in the Browser. However, just because you have access, doesn’t mean you need to display all of them.

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What works best for me is to use the Column Editor to make sure you have the fields you want, then Control-click a Browser column header and uncheck those items you don’t want to view at this time.

Then, save the Column set so that the next time you open the Browser, your new custom column organization will be retained.

You can create as many different column sets as you need, depending upon the tasks you need to accomplish at that time.


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