Final Cut Pro X: Add a placeholder

Add a placeholder

Generated placeholders are useful when you want to fill a gap in the project with a clip that provides a hint about the final content. You can set placeholder clips to represent a wide variety of standard shots, such as close-ups, groups, wide shots, and so on.

  1. Drag the playhead in the timeline to the point where you want to add the placeholder clip.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Edit > Insert Generator > Placeholder (or press Option-Command-W).

    • In the Titles and Generators sidebar, click the Generators triangle to show the generator categories, select Elements, then double-click the Placeholder thumbnail in the browser.

  3. Select the placeholder clip in the timeline.

  4. If the Generator inspector isn’t already shown, do one of the following:

    • Choose Window > Show in Workspace > Inspector (or press Command-4).

    • Click the Inspector button on the right side of the toolbar.

      The Inspector button in the toolbar
  5. Click the Generator button at the top of the inspector.

    The Generator button
  6. In the Generator inspector, adjust the settings for the placeholder clip to match the type of shot you’re creating a placeholder for.

    The viewer on the left showing a placeholder clip with three people, and the Generator inspector on the right showing the settings for the placeholder clip
  7. To add a text area in the viewer where you can type text that pertains to this clip, select View Notes.

If you prefer to fill a gap in the timeline with a blank clip, you can insert a gap clip. For more information, see Insert clips in your project.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2019
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