How To Customizing Your Final Cut Pro Interface

In Final Cut Pro, you can easily customize the user interface in many ways to suit your needs and editing style. Final cut Pro allows you to change window layouts, position the dock, as well as resize windows to make your editing task easier and faster. Customizing your Final Cut Pro user interface is extremely easy, and this simple how-to guide will show you everything you need to know.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Final Cut Pro installed

Step 1: Resize Windows

Any window in Final Cut Pro - the browser, viewer, canvas, timeline or tool bench - can be moved or resized to suit your needs and editing style. You can even move and resize windows across multiple monitors to spread out your work and give you more video real estate. To resize a window, simply drag the border of the window in the desired direction and resize it to the size of your choice. When you do this, other windows on either side of the border are also resized accordingly.

Step 2: Use Tabs and Tabbed Windows

In Final Cut Pro, the viewer and browser windows have tabs that allow you to quickly access different command functions. The browser window also list paths for open projects. Tabs are used in the canvas and timelines are used to represent open sequences. To make a tab active, you simply need to click on the tab. If you want to close a tab, you can close the active tab by pressing the Control and 'W' keys on your keyboard at the same time. If you want to close all the tabs except the active tab, go to 'File' and then 'Close Other Tabs', or control click the active tab and choose 'Close Other Tabs' from the shortcut menu.

If you need to reposition the tab at the top of any window, drag the tab to a new position left or right. You can assign colors to a tab that represent a bin or sequenced by control clicking on a bin or sequence and then choosing the label option from the shortcut menu. If you need to open a tab in its own window, you can do so by dragging the tab out of its parent window. You can then put the tab back in its original window by dragging the tab to the title bar of its parent window.

Step 3: Moving Windows

To move a window, simply drag-and-drop the window in the location of your choice, other windows that border that window will be moved as needed.

Step 4: Use Different Window Layouts

In Final Cut Pro, there are several predefined window layouts that you can use. These layouts determine the size and location of the four main windows that are used in Final Cut Pro (the browser, canvas, viewer and timeline). Window layouts also have predetermined locations for the tool palette and audio meters as well. Additional layouts also include a window for the tool bench. You can choose a predefined window layout by going to 'Window | Arrange', and then choosing an option from the submenu.

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