… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1752: More Keyword Tips

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

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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