Tip #192: Faster Ways to Show the Audio Meters

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #192: Faster Ways to Show the Audio Meters

Larry Jordan – https://LarryJordan.com

One click to greater audio accuracy.

Miniature audio meters are displayed next to timecode in FCP X.

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The audio meters in Final Cut are the only accurate way to measure the audio levels in your project. And, you probably display them using Window > Show in Workspace > Audio Meters. Or, um, you may just leave them open all the time.

NOTE: Or, you may be a shortcut lover like me and memorize the keyboard shortcut: Shift + Cmd + 8.

BUT… there’s an even cooler way to display the audio meters:

  • Click the small audio meter icon immediately to the right of the timecode display.
  • Click once to display the meters, click a second time to put them away.

Truthfully, I use this last option all the time.

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2 replies
    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:


      What I’m saying is that you need the larger-sized audio meters to measure sound accurately. And there are three different ways to display them.



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