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What You've Learned

  • To launch Final Cut Express, you can double-click the application in the Applications folder, click once on the icon in the Dock, or double-click a Final Cut Express project file.
  • To open an existing project from within Final Cut Express, choose File > Open or press Cmd-O and select the file from the Choose a File window.
  • It is important to have the appropriate window selected or active in the Final Cut Express interface in order for certain options to be available in the menus.
  • Keyboard shortcuts are often created around the single letter that begins the function, such as I for In point, or L for linking.
  • When you Ctrl-click certain areas of the interface, a contextual menu appears with options to select.
  • Each project has icons that represent the project elements, such as clips, sequences, bins, and so on.
  • You can create a bin in three ways: choosing File > New Bin, pressing Cmd-B, or Ctrl-clicking in the gray area of the Browser.
  • Project elements can be organized by dragging and dropping them into individual folders called bins.
  • Choosing Window > Arrange > Standard selects the default interface layout.
  • To adjust a window size, drag on the window edge with the resize tool.
  • You can view your Browser contents either as a list of project elements or by icons.
  • To hide Final Cut Express, press Cmd-H. To restore it, click the application icon in the Dock. To quit Final Cut Express, press Cmd-Q.

Keyboard Shortcuts


Creates a new bin


Brings up different contextual menus throughout Final Cut Express


Hides the Final Cut Express interface


Quits Final Cut Express

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