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Creating Custom Shortcut Buttons

Use FCE's button bar ( Figure 3.19 ) to personalize your workspace by adding custom shortcut buttons to the button bars located at the top of the Viewer, Canvas, Browser, Timeline, and Voice Over tool windows. There's a button available for virtually every FCE command.


Figure 3.19 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.

FCE lets you save multiple button bar toolsets, so you can easily switch to a button bar that complements your current editing task. You can:

  • 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.

    For all the details on managing custom buttons, see Chapter 5 of Apple's Final Cut Express Help PDF.

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 3.20 ).

    Figure 3.20 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 are displayed automatically ( Figure 3.21 ).

      Figure 3.21 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 3.22 ).

    Figure 3.22 Drag the command from the list to the button bar.

    The button appears in the location you've selected ( Figure 3.23 ).

    Figure 3.23 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 3.24 ).

    Figure 3.24 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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