Useful Keyboard Shortcuts For Final Cut Pro X

Before Mac actually hit our homes, it was very popular among the artists like movie makers, music composers, image artists. And for all such Mac users who use Final Cut Pro X, here is an useful post for you.

We have listed out some useful keyboard shortcuts for Final Cut Pro X, which would actually make your life so much easier with this amazing editing tool.

Final Cut Pro X is an incredibly powerful editing tool which needs no introduction. With some amazing features and tools, this program is undoubtedly the best in the market. Keyboard shortcuts make things easier on computer. And having knowledge of use shortcuts is always good.

Useful Keyboard Shortcuts For Final Cut Pro X


If Backstory does not sound familiar to you, then let me tell you that this term is also used for Backtiming. It actually lets you add clips to the storyline. If you use Shift + Q, it would connect the clip such that its end point aligns to Skimmer or Playhead position. And using Shift + W would let you insert the clip such that its end point aligns to Skimmer or Playhead position.

Disable / Enable Clip

You canĀ  disable or enable clips just at one keystroke. You can use V to disable one or any number of clips and if you want to enable that, all you need to is select those clips and hit the V stroke again.

Full Screen Playback

Once you are done with all your work, and you wish to view your work in full screen, you can simply hit Command + Shift + F. Which would straight way switch to full screen playback. And if you hit Esc button, it would get back to normal mode.


Nudge is one of the latest features of Final Cut Pro X’s workflow in FCPX. In order to Nudge a clip all you need to do is choose the timeline that you want to work on and then press ,(comma) to move the frame to the left and .(full stop) to move the frame to right. This is so much quicker than dragging and dropping.

And if you want to move the frame by 10 frames, then you need to use the Shift key with the above mentioned keys. For example. you need to use Shift + , and Shift + . to move the frame to 10 frames to the left and right respectively.

Select Edges with Ripple function

If you want to select edges, it is not a difficult task. But doing the same using keyboard shortcuts is surely much easier. All you need to do is use [ or ] in order to select the left or right edge respectively.

And to add some ripple function, you need to use the nudging keys with it i.e. , and . with [ and ].

Shortcut Command
Shft-Cmd-N New Project
Cmd-N New Sequence
Optn-Cmd-S Save All
Ctrl-M Print to Video
Ctrl-U Arrange Windows to Standard Layout

Cmd-I Import File
right arrow Open Bins (List View)
left arrow Close Bins (List View)
Optn-Enter (on Number Pad) Open Bin in New Tab
Ctrl-W Close Tab
Cmd-B New Bin
Cmd-4 Show/Hide Browser
Cmd-5 Show Effects
Cmd-6 Show Favorites
Cmd-9 Item Properties
Shft-H Toggle Browser View
Optn-return View Item in Editor
Shft-return View Item in New Window
Optn-B Logging Columns (Layout view)
Cmd-F Find
F3 Find Next (in Find Results)
N Snapping
Shft-L Linked Selection
F4 plus track number Lock/Unlock Video Track
F6 plus track number Set Video Destination
Shft-F6 Clear Video Destination
F5 plus track number Lock Audio Track
F7 plus track number Set Audio Destination 1
F8 plus track number Set Audio Destination 2
Shft-F7 Clear Audio Destination 1
Shft-F8 Clear Audio Destination 2
Optn-W Toggle Clip Overlays
Shft-T Toggle Timeline Track Height
Optn-Plus (+) Zoom In (Timeline Only)
Optn-Minus (-) Zoom Out (Timeline Only)
Ctrl-V Add Edit
Optn-I Clear In
Optn-O Clear Out
Optn-X Clear In and Out
Cmd-T Add Video Transition
Optn-Cmd-T Add Audio Transition
Shft-Z Fit Sequence to Window
Home Go to Beginning of Media
End Go to End of Media
Shft-F4 Lock All Video Tracks
Shft-F5 Lock All Audio Tracks
Optn-Cmd-I Mark Audio In
Optn-Cmd-O Mark Audio Out
Optn-R Render All: Audio and Video
Shft-X Ripple Cut
Optn-A Select In to Out
Shft-Z Fit to Window
W Toggle Wireframes
X Mark Clip
I Mark In
O Mark Out
up arrow Go to Previous Edit
down arrow Go to Next Edit
Shft-\ Play In to Out
Spacebar Play Forward
Ctrl-X Open Text Generator
Ctrl-W Close Tab
Cmd-1 Show/Hide Viewer
enter a timecode value and press return To navigate using timecode
J Rewind
press J repeatedly Rewind Faster
K Stop
L Fast Forward
press L repeatedly Fast Forward Faster
Hold K and L Slow Motion Forward
Hold J and K Slow Motion Backward
Hold K and tap L Forward One Frame
Hold K and tape J Reverse One Frame
left arrow Go Back One Frame
Shft-left arrow Go Back One Second
Shft-I Go to In Point
Shft-K Go to Next Keyframe
Optn-K Go to Previous Keyframe
Shft-O Go to Out Point
Ctrl-L Looping Playback
Optn-\ Play Every Frame
Shft-Space Play Reverse
Shft-P Play to Out
Optn-A Select In to Out
M Add Marker
Cmd-Tilde (~) Delete Marker
Ctrl-Tilde (~) Delete All Markers
Optn-Cmd-M Edit Marker
Shft-down arrow Next Marker
Shft-up arrow Previous Marker
F9 Insert Clip
F10 Overwrite Clip
F11 Replace Clip
F12 Superimpose Clip
Shft-F11 Fit to Fill
Shft-F9 Insert Clip with Transition
Shft-F10 Overwrite with Transition
Ctrl-I Mark Video In
Ctrl-O Mark Video Out
Cmd-2 Show/Hide Canvas
Log and capture
Cmd-8 Show Log and Capture
Shft-I Go to In Point
Shft-O Go to Out Point
F2 Log Clip
Shft-C Capture Now
Ctrl-C Batch Capture
Esc Stops Capture
Motion tab
Optn-K Go to Previous Keyframe
Shft-K Go to Next Keyframe
Ctrl-K Add Motion Keyframe
Optn-R Render All
Cmd-R Render Selection (In to Out)
Optn-F Make Favorite Effect
Shft-N Make Freeze Frame (in Viewer)

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November 4, 2011 by: Prasanth Chandra

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