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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:

  1. Add custom shortcut buttons to the button bar located at the top of the Viewer, Canvas, Browser, Timeline, and Tool Bench windows.
  2. Rearrange the button order.
  3. Add spacers to organize your buttons into groups.
  4. Change the color of a button.
  5. Copy or move a button from one window to another.
  6. 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

  1. Control-click the button bar area at the top of the window; then choose Show Button List from the shortcut menu ( Figure 3.57 ).

    Figure 3.57 Control-click; then choose Show Button List from the button bar's shortcut menu.

    The Button List window appears, displaying a complete list of commands.
  2. 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 ).

      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.
  3. Drag the command from the list to the button bar location where you want the button to appear ( Figure 3.59 ).

    Figure 3.59 Drag the command from the list to the button bar.

    The button appears in the location you've selected ( Figure 3.60 ).

    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.

  4. Close the Button List window.

To delete a button

Do one of the following:

  1. Control-click the shortcut button, and then choose Remove > Button from the shortcut menu.
  2. Drag the button off the bar and release the mouse button. The button disappears in a puff of animated smoke ( Figure 3.61 ).

    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 ….

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