Comparison of Keyboard Short Cuts FCP 7 and FCP X

One of the first things you need to learn, when converting from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X is to be aware of what keyboard short cuts are the same and which are different.FCP Tutorials from 1.99

I am a believer in only, initially,  having a small repertoire if common keyboard short cuts, so as not to cloud your mind. I make it a policy to try to remeber a new short cut in each session and slowly add to the repertoire.

The following is a comparison between the Keyboard short cuts in FCP X and FCP 7. 

These are my main shortcuts from FCP 7 and their equivalent in FCP X.

Fortunately there are a number of key shortcuts that have NOT changed these are prefixed below as 

There are some keyboard short cuts that need explanation – these are listed with ★

Function name                      FCP 7                           FCP X

 Inpoint                       I                               I
 Outpoint                      O                               O
 Add Marker                    M                               M
 Add Marker & modify               MM                              MM
 Fit to Window                 ⇧ Z                             ⇧ Z
 Multiple speeds to R          L                               L
 Multiple speeds to L          J                               J
 Stop                          K                               K
 Play/Stop                     Space bar                       Space bar
 Undo                          ⌘ Z                             ⌘ Z
 Redo                          ⌘⇧ Z                            ⌘⇧ Z
 Go to next edit point         '                               '
 Go to previous edit point     ;                               ;
 Select Blade                  B                               B
 Add Default Transition        ⌘ T                             ⌘ T
 ★ Snapping on/off             N                               N
 ★ Nudge clip Left             - number (enter)                - number (enter)
★ Nudge clip Right               number (enter)                 + number (enter)
★ Copy effects                  ⌘ C                             ⌘⌥ C
★ Paste attributes/effects      Right click                     ⌘⌥ V
Zoom into timeline              ⌘ or ⌥ +                        ⌘ +
Zoom out of timeline            ⌘ or ⌥ -                        ⌘ -
Render all                      ⌥ R                             ⌃ ⇧ R
Render selection                ⌘ R                             ⌃ R
Enable & disable clip               ⌃ B                             V
Extend edit                     E moves to playhead             ⇧X moves to playhead
Reveal in viewer/browser        F                               ⇧F
Overwrite at playhead           F10                             Q
Insert in Storyline             F9                              W


★ Snapping on/off: In FCP 7 when the N key is held down or pressed while moving a clip, with the mouse, the snapping function returns to whatever it was previously set at, when the mouse is released. In FCP X this is not needed with the magnetic timeline function. But when a connected clip is moved, if the N key is held down during the move the snapping function returns to its previous setting as it does in FCP 7. (If the N key is pressed and released it does not return in FCPX)FCP Tutorials from 1.99

★ Nudge clip Right: In FCP 7, selecting a clip and entering a number then pressing enter will move the clip to the right as per the number of frames. FCP X requires the + to be entered prior to the number just as the – is required, before the number, in both FCP 7 and FCP X to move the clip to the left


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