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Saving Layouts

If you have customized your Avid Toolset layout, you may want to configure your own Final Cut Pro window layout as you become comfortable working within the program. You can do this by changing the size and position of the Browser, Viewer, Canvas, and Timeline windows, and then saving the layout. You can even change and save the Timeline tracks layout. All layouts are saved in the Final Cut Pro User Data folder.

To Set a Custom Window Layout

You can save two custom window layouts that are accessible by choosing Window > Arrange > Custom Layout or by using keyboard shortcuts. Additional layouts can be saved and stored but must be recalled from their saved location to use.

  1. Arrange the windows as you would like them.
  2. Hold down the Option key and choose Window > Arrange.
  3. While still holding down the Option key, choose Set Custom Layout 1 or Set Custom Layout 2.

You can also name and save a custom layout by using the Save Window Layout function in the Window > Arrange submenu. This enables you to use your saved layout on another computer. The automatic destination for saved layouts is the Window Layouts folder in the Final Cut Pro User Data folder: Macintosh > User > User Name > Library > Preferences > FCP User Data > Window Layouts.

To Save the Timeline Track Layout

In FCP, you can also save a custom track layout for the Timeline tracks, as you can in many Avid systems.

  1. Click the arrow next to the Track Height columns in the Timeline.
  2. From the pop-up menu, choose Save Track Layout.

    In the file browser, the automatic destination for the saved layout is the Track Layout folder in the Final Cut Pro User Data folder.

  3. To restore a saved track layout, click the Track Height pop-up menu, choose Restore Track Layout, and then choose the desired layout.
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