Top 40 Keyboard Shortcuts for Final Cut Pro X

I confess, I'm a keyboard shortcut junkie. Anything I can do to help me edit faster is a good thing; and nothing says "speed" like keyboard shortcuts. There are well over 600 menu options in FCP X, with hundreds of keyboard shortcuts. But, which ones are the best?

In this article, I share my Top 40 keyboard shortcuts. I use these beauties every day to help me get my projects done faster. Now, you can use them, too. Event better, I've categorized them to make these easier to find.

(And, for those who take the time to count, you’ll discover this list actually includes 53 keyboard shortcuts. But using “Top 40” in the title seemed so much sexier than “Top 53.”)



Option + N
Create a new Event
Cmd + N
Create a new Project
Shift + Cmd + D
Create a Project Snapshot
Cmd + [plus]
Zoom into Timeline or image
Cmd + [ minus ]
Zoom out of Timeline or image
Shift + Z
Size the Timeline or image to fit in the window
Control + Cmd + 1
Toggle Library and Browser display on or off
Control + Cmd + 3
Toggle Event Viewer open / closed

J - K - L
Reverse - Stop - Play the playhead (Tap multiple times to change speed)
Toggle skimming on or off
Toggle snapping on or off
Toggle clip visibility on or off
Control + Y
Toggle skimmer info display on/off in Browser

Cmd + 4
Toggle Inspector open/closed
Cmd + 5
Toggle Effects Browser open/closed
Cmd + 6
Toggle Color Board open/closed
Cmd + 7
Toggle video scope display on/off


Set the In at the position of the skimmer/playhead
Shift + I
Jump the playhead to the In
Option + I
Delete the In
Set the Out at the position of the skimmer/playhead
Shift + O
Jump the playhead to the Out
Option + O
Delete the Out
Option + X
Delete both the In and the Out
Add a marker
Option + M
Add a marker and open the edit marker dialog

Perform an Append edit
Perform an Insert edit
Perform an Overwrite edit
Perform a Connected edit

Shift + G
Create a connected storyline
Shift + 1
Edit audio and video to the Timeline
Shift + 2
Edit video-only to the Timeline
Shift + 3
Edit audio-only to the Timeline

Option + W
Insert a gap at the position of the skimmer/playhead
Control + S
Expand/collapse audio from synced video
Option + Control + S
Expand/collapse audio components (multitrack audio)

Shift + Cmd + F
Play project full screen (ESC to return)
Shift + ?
Play a few seconds before and after the skimmer/playhead position


Select the Arrow (selection) tool
Select the Trim tool
Select the Position tool
Select the Blade tool
Select the Range tool

Shift + X
Jump the selected edit point to the position of the skimmer/playhead
[ comma ] / [ period ]
Move selected clip or edit point one frame left/right
Shift + [ comma ] / Shift + [ period ]
Move selected clip or edit point ten frames left/right

Other cool shortcuts

Cmd + T
Add cross-dissolve
Control + T
Add default full-screen title
Shift + Control + T
Add default lower-third title
Cmd + E
Export master file of project

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