Tip #089: Create Subclips Using Keywords

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #089: Create Subclips Using Keywords

Larry Jordan – https://LarryJordan.com

Subclips are defined sections within large clips. And, they are easy to create in FCP X.

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Keywords provide more and better ways to find clips, true. But… they also allow us to create subclips. Here’s how.

In the Browser, select a range within a clip either by dragging with the skimmer or playhead, or setting an In (shortcut: I) and Out (shortcut: O).

With that range selected, create a keyword (shortcut: Cmd + K) and give it a name.

NOTE: Use whatever name makes the most sense to you, but shorter is better.

Now, when you click that keyword, only the selected section shows up as a subclip in the Browser.


In this screen shot, the top image shows the selected range. After a keyword is created (“Key Reveal”), selecting that keyword displays only the portion of the original clip that was selected.


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2 replies
  1. Barry STONE
    Barry STONE says:

    I liked the tip and was going to give it four or five stars. I clicked the first star and was going to add three more and it would not allow me to add more or remove the single star.

    I am on the latest Safari on the latest Mojave on an up to date Mac Pro

    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      Thanks for your note. I’ve asked my web team to look into how we handle rating clips and if there’s a way to prevent the “early voting” problem you experienced.



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