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Changing Command Buttons

Like Avid, Final Cut Pro lets you map commands directly into special areas of the interface. For example, Avid maps commands under the Source and Record monitors and above the Timeline from a catchall Command palette. FCP maps commands into any one of the four primary interface windows in an area called a button bar.

Each FCP window has a button bar in the upper-right corner of the window. With no buttons in this area, you see two bookends that contain the buttons. The default FCP interface comes with the Snapping and Linked Selection buttons already placed in the Timeline button bar. You can color code and arrange command buttons. Button bars, like layouts, can also be saved.

To Add a Command Button to the Button Bar

  1. Choose Tools > Button List, or press Option-J.

    This is the stand-alone version of the same button list that appeared when you customized the keyboard in the previous exercise.

  2. Locate the command you want to use from the list, or enter it in the search field at the top of the list. If, after entering a function, you want to return to the default menu list, click the X to the right of the entry area.
  3. Drag the command into any one of the FCP window button bars and drop it in between the two button bookends or between any existing buttons.

To Customize and Save the Button Bar

Do one or more of the following:

  • To change the color of a button, Ctrl-click one of the buttons in a button bar and, from the contextual menu, choose Color and the desired color.
  • To create space between buttons, Ctrl-click a button and choose Add Spacer from the contextual menu. Spacers are added to the right of the selected button.
  • To save all the button bars in the current interface layout, Ctrl-click any button and choose Save Main Button Bars from the contextual menu.
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