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Final Cut Pro Power Skills: Working in the Application

📄 Contents

  1. Change the Size of Text in the Browser and Timeline
  2. Zooming the Timeline
  3. Zooming Faster
  4. The Two Fastest Ways to Zoom
  5. Vertical Movement
  6. Image Quality in the Viewer vs. the Canvas
  7. Monitor Your Video Full Screen
  8. Remove Scroll Bars for Better Playback
  9. Back to Square One
  10. iChat Theater
  11. Green Is Not Just for Stoplights
  12. Visibility Lights and the Arrow Keys
  13. More Visibility Shortcuts
  14. The Secrets of the Right-Pointing Arrow
  15. Displaying Audio or Video Clip Names
  16. Display a Filmstrip of Images in the Timeline
  17. Displaying Source or Auxiliary Timecode
  18. Display Field Interlacing
  19. Duplicating Browser Clips
  20. Sorting Browser Columns
  21. Sorting Out Multiple Issues
  22. A Faster Way to Move Columns
  23. Customize Browser Columns
  24. Searching Browser Columns
  25. Searching Effects
  26. Viewing Thumbnails in the Browser
  27. Display Images Instead of Names in the Browser
  28. Fancy Light Table Tricks
  29. More Browser Fun
  30. Browser Keyboard Shortcuts
  31. Hidden Tricks with Tabs
  32. Jumping Between Tabs
  33. Riddle Me a Riddle
  34. Selecting Multiple Clips
  35. Selecting an Edit Point
  36. Using Range Selection
  37. Get Moving with Timecode
  38. Locking Tracks
  39. Toggling Display Modes
  40. Scrolling the Timeline
  41. Scrubbing the Playhead
  42. Find the Missing Playhead
  43. Scrubbing Timeline Thumbnails
  44. Discover Project Properties
  45. Markers Got Spiffed Up
  46. Markers Can Be Moved!
  47. A Better Way to Move Between Markers
  48. Reading Clip Markers
  49. Using Markers to Log Footage
  50. Deleting Multiple Clip Markers
  51. Markers Have Default Colors
  52. Using Markers in Multiclips
  53. Option Means Opposite
  54. Other Option Key Tricks
  55. The Fastest Way to Find a Keyboard Shortcut
  56. I Feel the Need—for Speed!
  57. Create a Custom Keyboard Shortcut
  58. “A”—An Amazing Authority
  59. Wonderful, Wacky, W
  60. How to Remove a Button
  61. Creating a Custom Button
  62. Reset/Remove All Buttons in a Button Bar
  63. Additional Thoughts
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Based on how well you understand the Final Cut Pro interface, it can determine whether we are happy or frustrated, productive or panicking. Larry Jordan offers dozens of Power Skills you can use to turn yourself into an interface master.
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One thing that Apple is very proud of is the interface for Final Cut Pro. The word interface, however, covers a lot of territory. It’s what we work in for hours at a time. It’s how we interact with our project. And based on how well we understand it, it can determine whether we are happy or frustrated, productive or panicking.

This chapter is filled with dozens of Power Skills you can use to turn yourself into an interface master.

Change the Size of Text in the Browser and Timeline

We can’t change the font, but we can change the size. Here’s how.

It seems to be an unwritten rule in Apple’s interface guidelines that text needs to be so small and tasteful as to be almost unreadable.

Which is a real problem when you’re actually trying to read it.

Not to worry, though, there’s a fast solution to tiny text. Control-click in the gray area of the Name column of the Browser and change the text size from Small to Medium (my favorite) or Large.

The text changes size in both the Browser and Timeline. Sadly, this only affects Browser text and Timeline filenames. But even this goes a long way to reducing eyestrain.

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