Tip #1801: Apply Effects to Multiple Clips – Fast!

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1801: Apply Effects to Multiple Clips – Fast!

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

The Timeline Index is a very powerful, yet underused tool.

Timeline Index (top red arrow), Clips text button (middle red arrow) and Video button (bottom red arrow).

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There is a very fast way to apply the same effect to multiple clips scattered throughout a timeline. But, it isn’t very obvious. Here’s how it works.

After editing your clips into the Timeline:

  • Open the Timeline Index (Shortcut: Shift + Cmd + 2)
  • Click the Clips text button (middle red arrow in the screen shot).
  • Click the Video text button (bottom red arrow).
  • To select a single clip, click the clip name.
  • To select a range of clips, click the first, then Shift-click the last.
  • To select a discontinuous group of clips, click the first, then Command-click the remaining clips.
  • Each time you select a clip name it is also selected in the Timeline.
  • To apply an effect to all selected clips, find it in the Effects Browser, then double-click it.


If you drag the effect onto a clip, it will only be applied to the clip you dragged it onto.

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