Tip #1451: Drop Zone Secrets

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1451: Drop Zone Secrets

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Where you click a drop zone clip with the skimmer determines the In.

A drop zone, with a reflection, created in Motion, filled with an image in Final Cut.

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A drop zone is an image placeholder, created in Motion, for use in Final Cut Pro. Drop zones can be added to titles, effects, transitions or generators.

To fill a drop zone in Final Cut:

  • Select the clip containing the drop zone.
  • In the Video Inspector, click the blue box around the drop zone you want to fill. (Some templates contain multiple drop zones.)
  • In the Browser, click the clip you want to put into the drop zone.
  • Click the blue Apply Clip button in the Viewer.


Here’s the secret. If you use the skimmer to select the clip, where you click the skimmer in the Browser clip determines the In of the clip in the drop zone.

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