Switch sets or create your own shortcuts to fix this problem.
Of all the keyboard shortcuts that have ever existed in the history of the world, NONE have bothered me more than these two in Motion:
A enables automatic keyframe creation
Shift + S selects the Arrow tool
This shortcut combination has destroyed more student work than any other single thing I know; as well as countless projects of my own.
However, there’s hope!
While the current version of Motion supports changing keyboard shortcuts, there’s an even better solution: Changing shortcut command sets from Standard Set to Final Cut Pro Set. This resets the Arrow tool shortcut to A.
Go to Motion > Commands and switch sets:
The Arrow tool is now: A
The automatic Record Animation shortcut is now: Control + Option + Shift + Command + A
Multiple shortcuts can be assigned to the same menu option.
I am a huge keyboard shortcuts junky. Except, sometimes I get confused about which shortcut goes with which application. A hidden feature in Final Cut is the ability to assign multiple shortcuts to the same menu option. Here’s how this works:
Open Final Cut Pro > Commands > Customize (Shortcut: Option + Cmd + K)
In the top left corner of the Command Editor, click the Default menu and duplicate it. (Assuming you haven’t created a personal set of keyboard shortcuts already. If you have, be sure it is selected in this menu.)
In the Search box in the top right, search for the shortcut you want to duplicate. In my case, I’m searching for the Blade tool to create a second shortcut.
At the top of the Command Editor, click the modifier keys you want associated with this shortcut.
When you look at the keyboard, all the keys that are gray do NOT have a shortcut attached to them for that modifier key combination.
For this example, I want to assign a single letter to the Blade shortcut. So, I turned off all the modifier buttons at the top.
Then, from the Command list in the bottom center, DRAG the shortcut name on top of the key you want to create a shortcut for. In the screen shot, I’m dragging the text Blade Tool on top of “C”.
Ta-DAH! In the Command List, I now have two keyboard shortcuts for the same Blade tool.
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Once we have a rough cut complete, it is often necessary to move or replace clips in the timeline. Here are two tricks that make that easier.
To move a clip to a new position, press and hold both Command and Option. Drag the clip so the In of the clip you are moving is at its new location. While you would generally place it on the same track that it came from, you can actually place the swapped clip on any track.
As soon as you let go of the mouse, the clip shuttles into its new position and the clips to its right scurry down to fill the gap.
To replace a clip without losing any transitions or effects applied to it:
Select the clip in the timeline you want to replace
Drag the new clip from the Project panel on top of the existing clip while pressing Option (Alt).
These shortcuts help to adjust audio levels in a fast and precise way. I use them all the time when I am doing some audio mixing in Final Cut Pro X.
Ctrl and +/- keys: Select a whole clip or a range with the range tool and use the + / – key while pressing the Ctrl key to increase or decrease the audio level in 1 dB steps.
Cmd + Drag: Hold down the Command key while dragging the audio level line up or down for “slower” / more precise control.
Range-Tool: In order to change the audio levels of a section within a clip use the range tool (R). Mark the section you want to change and then drag the line within the section up or down. The necessary keyframes will be generated automatically when you start dragging.
Option + Arrow keys: Select one or several keyframes. Use the up / down arrow keys while pressing the Option key to increase / decrease the selected keyframe(s) in 1 dB steps.
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