- Change the Size of Text in the Browser and Timeline
- Zooming the Timeline
- Zooming Faster
- The Two Fastest Ways to Zoom
- Vertical Movement
- Image Quality in the Viewer vs. the Canvas
- Monitor Your Video Full Screen
- Remove Scroll Bars for Better Playback
- Back to Square One
- iChat Theater
- Green Is Not Just for Stoplights
- Visibility Lights and the Arrow Keys
- More Visibility Shortcuts
- The Secrets of the Right-Pointing Arrow
- Displaying Audio or Video Clip Names
- Display a Filmstrip of Images in the Timeline
- Displaying Source or Auxiliary Timecode
- Display Field Interlacing
- Duplicating Browser Clips
- Sorting Browser Columns
- Sorting Out Multiple Issues
- A Faster Way to Move Columns
- Customize Browser Columns
- Searching Browser Columns
- Searching Effects
- Viewing Thumbnails in the Browser
- Display Images Instead of Names in the Browser
- Fancy Light Table Tricks
- More Browser Fun
- Browser Keyboard Shortcuts
- Hidden Tricks with Tabs
- Jumping Between Tabs
- Riddle Me a Riddle
- Selecting Multiple Clips
- Selecting an Edit Point
- Using Range Selection
- Get Moving with Timecode
- Locking Tracks
- Toggling Display Modes
- Scrolling the Timeline
- Scrubbing the Playhead
- Find the Missing Playhead
- Scrubbing Timeline Thumbnails
- Discover Project Properties
- Markers Got Spiffed Up
- Markers Can Be Moved!
- A Better Way to Move Between Markers
- Reading Clip Markers
- Using Markers to Log Footage
- Deleting Multiple Clip Markers
- Markers Have Default Colors
- Using Markers in Multiclips
- Option Means Opposite
- Other Option Key Tricks
- The Fastest Way to Find a Keyboard Shortcut
- I Feel the Need—for Speed!
- Create a Custom Keyboard Shortcut
- “A”—An Amazing Authority
- Wonderful, Wacky, W
- How to Remove a Button
- Creating a Custom Button
- Reset/Remove All Buttons in a Button Bar
- Additional Thoughts
Option Means Opposite
It’s Option key magic—all contained in one simple rule.
Final Cut Pro trainer Andrew Balis once described the Option key as the “opposite” key. Holding the Option key while doing something often (though not always) does just the opposite.
For example, Option-clicking an Audio Mute, Audio Solo, Visibility, or Auto-Select button turns on, or off, all the buttons, except the one you click.
Option-clicking with the Pen tool deletes a keyframe.
Option-clicking a linked clip selects just one side of the clip, either the audio or the video.
Option-clicking an edit point selects just the video or just the audio side of the edit.
Thinking of the Option key as an opposite key can open up a whole new way of speeding up your work.