Final Cut Pro: How To Use the Timeline Keyframe Graph Area

In Final Cut Pro, the Timeline keyframe graph area allows you to view and edit parameter settings, such as filters, motion settings, keyframe settings and speed settings. You can also customize the keyframe graph area to meet your needs. To open the Timeline keyframe graph area, all you have to do is click on the Clip Keyframes control in the Timeline.

Using the Filters Bar

When you have opened the Timeline keyframe graph area, you will notice quite a few different bars and areas. You can divide the Timeline keyframe graph area into four parts. The filters bar is located towards the top of the Timeline keyframe graph area and is green. The filters bar will only appear if you have applied at least one video or audio filter to a clip. If you have added a keyframe to a clip, the keyframe will appear as a green diamond on the filters bar. By using the Selection tool, you are able to move and/or edit the keyframe.

Using the Motion Bar

The motion bar is the blue bar that is located directly beneath the filters bar. The blue motion bar will only appear if you have changed any of the motion parameters for a clip. The motion bar is not available for audio tracks. If you have added keyframes to the motion settings of a clip, the keyframes will appear as blue diamonds on the motion bar. As with the filters bar, you can move and/or edit the keyframe by using the Selection tool.

Using the Keyframe Editor

The keyframe editor displays keyframes, keyframe graph lines and motion and/or filter parameters. The keyframe editor is located under both the filters bar and motion bar. The graph lines that are displayed in the keyframe editor are color coded. The blue lines display motion parameters, while the green lines display filter parameters. If applicable to your project, audio level overlays will appear as pink and pan overlays will appear as purple. By using the Pen and Selection tools, you are able to edit any keyframe that appears in the keyframe editor.

Speed Indicator Area

The speed indicator area uses tick marks to display the speed of the clips in your sequence. The speed indicator area is located directly beneath the keyframe editor. As you change the speed of your clips, the speed indicator area in the Timeline keyframe graph area will update in real time.

Customizing the Keyframe Graph Area

If you do not want one of the four parts in the Timeline keyframe graph area to be displayed, you can remove it. To do this, you will need to have the Timeline keyframe graph area open. With that open, Control-click on the Clip Keyframes control. A shortcut menu will then appear. From the shortcut menu, select either Audio or Video. From the Audio or Video submenu, you will be able to hide certain parts of the keyframe graph area. You can individually deselect one of the four parts of the Timeline keyframe graph area, or you can click Select All or Select None.

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