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Tip #1542: More Hidden Uses of the Tilde Key

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The Tilde key simplifies moving images in the Primary Storyline.

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In Tip #1514, I illustrated how the Tilde key allows moving clips in the Primary Storyline without moving the clips attached to it.

After reading this, Stefan Sonnekus shared another use of the Tilde key:

The tilde key also works when deleting clips from the primary storyline.

Usually any video/audio clips connected to a clip you delete, will be deleted as well, but if you hold down the tilde key when you press Delete, the connected clips will remain in place in relation to the primary storyline. The clips to the right (i.e. coming after the clip you’ve deleted) on the primary storyline will then move to the left to fill the gap and the connected clip(s) will then be connected to the clip(s) that have filled the position of the clip(s) deleted from the primary storyline.


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Tip #1514: Tilde Key Secrets

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Tilde overrides connections between clips.

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The Tilde key (~) has two very useful – but obscure – functions in Final Cut Pro. Let me illustrate.

NOTE: The Tilde key is located immediately below the ESC key at the top left corner of the keyboard.

First, press Cmd + ~ to hide or display the Library list (called the “Sidebar”) to the left of the Browser.

Second, when you have audio connected to a clip in the Primary Storyline – for example, narration or a music clip – when you drag the clip in the Primary Storyline, all the clips attached to it move as well.

But, when tilde is pressed, the Primary Storyline clip moves without moving any of the connected clips.

The tilde key “overrides” connections, which is a very useful shortcut to know.


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Tip #1515: A Faster Shortcut to Audio Levels

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Use the Volume slider in Audio Inspector to adjust multiple clips at once.

A composite showing the Volume slider in the Inspector and selected clips in the timeline.

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Normally, we adjust clip volumes by dragging the volume line in a timeline clip up or down. But there’s a faster way.

Select all the clips you want to adjust in the timeline. Then, in the Audio Inspector, drag the Volume slider. This makes an absolute audio adjustment, setting all selected clips to the same level.

NOTE: An “absolute” audio adjustment sets all clips to the same level, regardless of the level at which the clip was originally set.

This is much faster – and more accurate – than changing each clip individually.


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Tip #1517: Absolute vs. Relative Audio Levels

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Generally, we adjust clip volumes relatively and monitor them absolutely.

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There are two ways to adjust the volume of any audio clip: Absolute and Relative. Here’s what these terms mean and how they work.

An absolute audio level adjustment sets audio levels regardless of the audio volume of that clip before the adjustment. For example, setting one or more clips to -6 dB. If one clip is at -4 dB and a second clip is at 0 dB before the change, they will both be at -6 dB after the change.

A relative audio level adjustment sets audio levels based upon the audio levels before the adjustment. For example, raising the level of one or more clips by 4 dB. If one clip is at -4 dB and a second clip is at 0 dB before the change, the first clip will be at 0 dB and the second clip will be a +4 dB after the change.

NOTE: Audio meters always show absolute levels, the precise volume of all active clips, regardless of the dB setting of their individual clip volume.

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

  • To make an absolute adjustment, first, select the clips you want to adjust, then type Control + Option + L and enter the audio level you want to assign.
  • To make a relative audio adjustment, select the clips you want to adjust, then type Control + [minus ] / [ plus ] to decrease/increase audio levels in 1 dB increments.

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Tip #1482: Don’t Get Lost in 3D Space

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When you get lost in 3D space, choose Reset View.

Active Camera menu options, with Reset View used to restore the original view.

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Once you add lights. cameras or sets to a Motion project, you move into 3D space. And that is a place where it is easy to get lost. Really, really lost.

Why? Because the background is black, the space is vast, we are moving in three dimensions, and there’s no floor.

NOTE: All three of these options change your view, but they don’t alter your Motion project.

To help you quickly get reoriented and find home, go to the Active Camera menu in the top left corner of the Canvas (Viewer).

  • Reset View (Shortcut: Control + R). This instantly brings you back to the 0,0,0 point. So, no matter how far you wander, you can always get home.
  • Fit Object into View (Shortcut: F). Select an element in the Layers pane. This option instantly fills the frame with the selected object. This is great way to quickly see small text or background elements.
  • Frame Object (Shortcut: Shift + Cmd + F). This rotates the selected element to the active camera’s point of view, centers it, then zooms until it fills the frame.

These options are even more useful when you are using other perspectives than Active Camera.

EXTRA CREDIT

Using Frame Object often means that you are seeing an element from a different perspective than the one displayed in the Active Camera menu.

Choose Reset View to get everything reset back to normal.


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Tip #1466: 10 Motion Shortcuts I Wish I Knew Earlier

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Of these, moving elements up and down are SO helpful!

The Apple Motion logo.

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Over the last four weeks, I presented a series of four webinars on Apple Motion. During that time, there were several features in Motion that I thought could only be done with a mouse. And it drove me nuts, because I kept wanting “a better way!”

There was. And, naturally, I found it AFTER my webinar series was complete. Sigh…

Here are ten keyboard shortcuts that make Motion a whole lot easier to use – and ones I wish I knew a month ago. These all apply to the Layers panel.

Shortcut What It Does
Shift + Cmd + N Create a new group
Cmd + ] Raise the selected element or group up one level
Cmd + [ Lower the selected elements or group down one level
Shift + Cmd + G Place selected Layers panel elements into a new group
Shift + F Display the selected element in the Media panel
Control + L Lock or unlock an element
Control + D Toggle a group between 2D and 3D
Control + T Make selected element visible or invisible
Control + S Solo the selected elements
Up/Down Arrow Move selection up ordown in the Layers panel

The shortcuts to move elements and groups up and down are the ones I’ve needed for a long time.


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Tip #1495: Keyboard Shortcuts to Change Audio Levels

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Keyboard shortcuts to speed audio level changes.

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(I discovered this tip while researching a recent PowerUP webinar presenting Audio in Apple Final Cut Pro.)

You know you can change audio levels for clips in the timeline by dragging the audio volume line up or down. Here are some keyboard shortcuts that make this process even faster.

Shortcut What It Does
Control + S Expand / Collapse audio clip from video
Cmd + drag Slows down level changes to improve precision.
Control + [minus] / [equals] Lower/Raise audio levels for selected clip(s)
Control + Option + L Adjust audio level across all selected clips TO a specific amount (Absolute adjustment)
Option + [Up] / [Down] Arrow Nudge value of selected keyframe up or down.

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Tip #1471: Four Faster Timeline Mouse Shortcuts

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Pressing different modifier keys changes behavior.

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Here are four mouse shortcuts you can use in Premiere’s timeline to move around faster; plus one that you already know.

TIMELINE

  • Scroll wheel. Rolls the timeline up or down.
  • Option + scroll wheel. Zooms into, or out of, the current position of the cursor; not the playhead.
  • Cmd + scroll wheel. Move the timeline left or right.
  • Control + scroll wheel. Depending upon the position of the cursor, not the playhead, scrolls the video or audio tracks up or down.

TRACK HEADER

  • Option + scroll wheel. Enlarges or shrinks the vertical height of video or audio tracks, depending upon the position of the cursor, not the playhead.

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Tip #1224: Interesting – and Unassigned – Shortcuts

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Exploring for unassigned keyboard shortcuts is one of my favorite passtimes.

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Here are several unassigned keyboard shortcuts that you may want to add to your toolkit.

Search for: Default

Shortcuts:

  • Apply Default Audio Transition to Playhead
  • Apply Default Video Transition to Playhead

Search for: Nudge

Shortcuts:

  • Nudge audio volumes up or down

Search for: Marker

Shortcuts:

  • Add Chapter marker

Plus, look at all the other existing marker shortcuts that you may not have known about.

EXISTING SHORTCUTS

Here are several exiting shortcuts you may also want to learn.

Search for: Trim

The one I find most useful is Toggle Trim Type (between Ripple, Roll and Trim). But the other six trim shortcuts are useful, too.


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Tip #1188: Keyboard Shortcuts for Pasting Clips

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Six tips that move a clip from where it is to where you want it.

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Warren Nelson suggested this tip:

I need to copy and paste a clip from the timeline to a layer above the timeline.

  • Using Cmd + V inserts the clip in the timeline.
  • I finally dug around and discovered that Option + V pastes the clip, copied from the timeline, at the playhead position above the timeline!

Cool tip, Warren! Here are four other shortcuts you can use to move clips from the Primary Storyline to a connected clip above it:

  • Edit > Lift from Storyline (Shortcut: Option + Cmd + Up arrow)
  • Edit > Overwrite to Primary Storyline (Shortcut: Option + Cmd + Down arrow)
  • Edit > Select > Up (Shortcut: Cmd + Up arrow) Selects the clip under the playhead on the higher layer.
  • Edit > Select > Down (Shortcut: Cmd + Down arrow) Selects the clip under the playhead on a lower layer.

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