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Lesson Review

  1. What methods can you use to create a new project?
  2. What four different methods allow you to edit clips into your project?
  3. What is an append edit?
  4. How can you zoom in or out of an area of the Timeline?
  5. How do you change the display size of the clips in the Timeline?
  6. How can you view a list of all clips in the project in the Timeline?
  7. How can you quickly adjust a clip’s volume in the Timeline?
  8. How can you mute specific audio tracks for a clip in the Timeline?
  9. Why would you want to select the Duplicate Project and Referenced Events option when duplicating a project?
  10. How can you toggle snapping on or off?
  11. When you drag clips to rearrange their positions in the Timeline, what visual indicator shows where the clip will be positioned when you release the mouse button?
  12. How would you connect music or B-roll to the primary storyline in your Timeline?


  1. Click the New Project button (plus sign); Control-click a folder or drive, and from the shortcut menu, choose New Project; or select the target location, and choose File > New Project, or press Command-N.
  2. To create an edit, click an edit button in the toolbar; choose an editing command from the Edit menu, such as Append; press a keyboard shortcut; drag a clip from the Event Browser, from a media browser such as the Photos Browser, or from the Finder.
  3. An append edit adds one or more clips to the end of a project or storyline.
  4. Press Command-= (equals) to zoom in, and press Command-– (minus) to zoom out. You can also zoom in and out by dragging the Zoom control in the lower right of the Timeline.
  5. Click the Clip Appearance button in the lower-right corner of the Timeline. In the Clip Appearance window, drag the Clip Height slider to the left to decrease the clip height, or to the right to increase the clip height.
  6. In the lower-left corner of the Timeline, click the Timeline Index button, or press Command-Shift-2. The Timeline Index pane appears to the left of the Timeline and displays clips and tags (such as keywords) used in the current project in their order of appearance.
  7. Position your pointer over the volume line in the Timeline. When the pointer turns into a vertical resize pointer, drag down to lower the volume or drag up to raise it. To facilitate your adjustments, turn on audio waveforms in the Clip Appearance window. Audio that approaches peak levels appears yellow in the waveform; audio that exceeds peak levels appears red.
  8. Select the clip in the Timeline, click the Inspector button in the toolbar, and then click the Audio tab and deselect the appropriate tracks.
  9. You would select this option when you want to copy the project and all of the source clips in the associated Events to another hard disk.
  10. Click the Snapping button in the Timeline, press N, or choose View > Snapping.
  11. A blue insertion line indicates where clips will be placed.
  12. Position the playhead in the Timeline where you want to connect one or more clips. Select the clips in the Event Browser. In the toolbar, click the Connect button, or press Q. A blue insertion line in the Timeline indicates the connection point.

Keyboard Shortcuts


Turn snapping off and on


Create a new project


Open a shortcut menu


Open the Filter window

, (comma)

Move selection to the left 1 frame

. (period)

Move selection to the right 1 frame

Shift-, (comma)

Move selection to the left 10 frames

Shift-. (period)

Move selection to the right 10 frames

Command-0 (zero)

Open the Project Library


Go to the Event Browser


Go to the Timeline


Open the Timeline Index

Command-– (minus)

Zoom out of the Timeline, Event Browser, or Viewer

Command-= (equals)

Zoom in to the Timeline, Event Browser, or Viewer


Move the playhead and skimmer to the beginning of the range selection


Move the playhead and skimmer to the end of the range selection


Zoom the contents to fit the size of the Event Browser, the Viewer, or the Timeline


Toggle audio skimming

Up Arrow

Go to the previous item (in the Event Browser) or the previous edit point (in the Timeline)

Down Arrow

Go to the next item (in the Event Browser) or the next edit point (in the Timeline)


Toggle video and audio skimming


Connect to primary storyline




Append to storyline


Rate selection as Favorite


Play selection


Play reverse




Play forward


Set selection start point


Set selection end point


Play / Pause

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