- Aug 15, 2005
- About Easy Setups, Presets, Settings, and Preferences
- Using Easy Setups
- Using Audio/Video Presets
- Specifying Sequence Settings
- Specifying Capture Settings
- Specifying Device Control Settings
- Using Video and Audio Playback Settings
- Specifying Audio/Video Output Settings
- Specifying User Preferences and System Settings
- Setting Editing Preferences
- Setting Label Preferences
- Customizing the Timeline Display
- Specifying Render Control Settings
- Specifying Audio Output Settings
- Setting Scratch Disk Preferences
- Specifying Memory & Cache Settings
- Specifying Playback Control Settings
- Setting External Editors Preferences
- Specifying Effects-Handling Preferences
- Customizing Final Cut Pro
- Creating Custom Screen Layouts
- Creating Custom Keyboard Layouts
- Creating Custom Shortcut Buttons
Creating Custom Shortcut Buttons
If you like the idea of custom controls but don't want to mess around with custom keyboard layouts, consider a more decorative alternative: Final Cut Pro's new button bar ( Figure 3.56 ). You can:
- Add custom shortcut buttons to the button bar located at the top of the Viewer, Canvas, Browser, Timeline, and Tool Bench windows.
- Rearrange the button order.
- Add spacers to organize your buttons into groups.
- Change the color of a button.
- Copy or move a button from one window to another.
- Save custom button bars.
Figure 3.56 You can arrange shortcut buttons in the button bar found at the top of major program windows. You can group and color-code buttons, and save and load custom button bar sets.
For all the details on managing custom buttons, see Volume I, Chapter 7, of Apple's Final Cut Pro 4 User's Manual.
To create a custom shortcut button
- Control-click the button bar area at the top of the window; then choose Show Button List from the shortcut menu (
Figure 3.57 Control-click; then choose Show Button List from the button bar's shortcut menu.
- To find the command you want to make into a shortcut button, do one of the following:
- Click the expansion triangle next to the name of the command's group to reveal the command in the list.
- Enter the command's name or a keyword in the Search field. Commands matching the search term display automatically (
Figure 3.58 Searching the button list for commands containing the word gain returns four Gain commands.
- Click the Search field to view the command list alphabetically.
- Drag the command from the list to the button bar location where you want the button to appear (
Figure 3.59 Drag the command from the list to the button bar.
Figure 3.60 The button appears in the new location. You can use the color-coding options in the button bar shortcut menu to tint the buttons.
- Close the Button List window.
To delete a button
Do one of the following:
- Control-click the shortcut button, and then choose Remove > Button from the shortcut menu.
- Drag the button off the bar and release the mouse button.
The button disappears in a puff of animated smoke (
Figure 3.61 Drag the shortcut button off the button bar and watch it disappear in a puff of smoke—kinda like Road Runner. Speaking of cartoon animals ….