Final Cut Pro X CAN Remember the In and Outs of Clips

Final Cut Pro X CAN Remember the In and Outs of Clips

One of my big beefs when Final Cut Pro X came out in June was that it wouldn’t remember the in and outs in a clip. You could set them, drag to the storyline, and you would be fine. But what if you wanted to set the in and the out and leave it until later to drag down to the storyline?

FCPX immediately forgets the in and the out that you set on a clip as soon as you click anywhere else other than dragging the clip to the storyline.

Being a creature of habit of Final Cut Studio I cried FOUL! My treasured way of doing things is gone. How could Apple do this to me? What am I, chopped liver? Never mind the fact that FCP7 would only remember one in and an out for a clip, I conveniently ignored that.

Well it turns out it only took me six months to figure out how to set the in and the out in a clip that would be remembered. Duh… just use the M key and mark all your clips. In fact, you can even mark multiple cuts within the same clip. When you get ready to drag to the storyline, just turn snapping on and you can easily grab the range you marked previously.

Pretty cool, huh?

Listen to Larry Jordan and Michael Horton discussing this– an excerpt from the Digital Production Buzz podcast on 11/8/2011:


For the complete show and much more please visit the Digital Production Buzz, Talk Radio for Digital Production, Post Production, & Distribution Worldwide

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  1. December 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Why didn’t I think of that?

  2. December 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Chris: This is a GREAT tip – I shared it tonight on my podcast – – and Mike Horton wants to use it in his next newsletter.

  3. Brian
    December 10, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Thanks for the tip. You can also use your I/O keys as normal but followed by F key to make it a favourite and voilà, view only favourite clips and they are all there.

  4. December 10, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Agree with Brian. Marker are cool but unnecessary step. F for favorites is way faster because they are simply saved selections.

  5. anonymous
    December 10, 2011 at 2:51 am

    What another tapping shift F after u selected your clip. On the timeline?

  6. Steve
    December 10, 2011 at 2:57 am

    That is a nice WORKAROUND as markers are easier than favoriting to remember an in and out point. But these are all WORKAROUNDS for something that shouldn’t have to have a workaround. That just adds a lot of extra work over years of using the application in the future if this isn’t fixed.

  7. Shooter Steve
    December 10, 2011 at 4:27 am

    No, this isn’t cool as this is yet another WORKAROUND for what is a silly oversight from FCPX. Call it what it is. A workaround and an extra step.

  8. anonyamous
    December 10, 2011 at 6:13 am

    How is the shift+f command a workaround? its the command to reveal the in and out points of your selected clip, the command in fcs “classic” is just click the clip, its only a different command. Or is it a workaround because it’s not working the way you want it to?

  9. Peter
    December 10, 2011 at 6:38 am

    The F key is so much easier because then you change the selection to show just the favourite sections you selected and hide the “rubbish”

  10. Tim
    February 19, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for the tip. The F key idea is great. Now, as I am logging clips I can select the favorite as I log and then just drop it in as I edit. It’s fast and easy and works really well. It takes a step out of the process for me.

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