Final Cut’s Button List

One of Final Cut’s hidden gems is the Button List, which is found under the Tools menu or by using the keyboard shortcut Option+J. The Button List allows users to create a shortcut button for any of Final Cut’s numerous commands.

To find a specific function, either click the disclosure triangle adjacent to the appropriate grouping or enter a keyword in the Button List’s search field.

Next, simply drag your selected function to the top right corner of your Browser, Viewer, Canvas, or Timeline window. (If you currently have no buttons on your bar, you’ll see what looks like a coffee bean.) Your shortcut button will now appear. You can easily rearrange buttons via dragging and dropping. To remove a button, simply drag it from the bar. Finally, by right-clicking on a button, you can add a spacer as well as color-code your shortcuts.

My favorites include “Export QuickTime Movie…,” “Linked Selection,” and “Snap.” Though “Snap’s” keystroke is simply “N,” the button is helpful for quickly determining whether you are in snap mode.

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