Final Cut Pro X: Final Cut Pro interface overview

Final Cut Pro interface overview

Here are the main areas of the Final Cut Pro window:

The Final Cut Pro window showing the Libraries sidebar, the browser, the viewer, and the timeline

Organize media in the Libraries sidebar and the browser

Your imported media is available in events in your library. (An event is like a folder that contains clips and projects.)

When you select an event in a library, its clips and projects appear in the browser on the right.

A selected event in the Libraries sidebar on the left, and the browser on the right displaying clips in the selected event

You can reorganize your media however you like, and you can use the Libraries sidebar and the browser to manage, rate, sort, and add keywords to your imported media. For more information, see Organizing libraries overview.

Play back clips and projects in the viewer

The viewer is where you play back your video, including clips and projects with 6K resolution and above. You can play back events, projects, or individual clips in full-screen view or on a second display. With the event viewer, a separate video display that can be shown next to the main viewer, you can display two clips at the same time: one from the browser and one from the timeline. For information about ways to play media, see Play back media.

The event viewer and the viewer shown side by side

You can also use onscreen controls, superimposed over the video in the viewer, to adjust settings for a wide array of effects and transitions.

Edit your project in the Magnetic Timeline

The bottom portion of the Final Cut Pro window contains the timeline, where you create your movie by adding and arranging clips and making all your edits. The timeline “magnetically” adjusts clips to fit around clips that you drag into place. If you drag clips out of place, the surrounding clips close up to fill the space.

A project holds all of the information for your final movie, including your editing decisions and links to all the source clips and events. For more information, see Adding clips overview and Arrange clips in the timeline.

The timeline index open on the left, and the timeline on the right showing the primary storyline, connected clips, and audio clips

With a click, you can arrange clips into audio lanes (separate, visually distinct layers in the timeline), based on their role assignments. Roles identify the type of clip, so each audio lane contains one type of audio. For example, one audio lane might contain music clips, and another might contain sound effects. This view organizes clips visually and provides reference points that make editing easier and more efficient. For more information, see Roles overview and Organize the timeline using audio lanes.

The timeline showing audio lanes and a role selected in the timeline index
Published Date: Mar 22, 2019
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