Final Cut Pro: Understanding the Tools Window

On more modern versions of Final Cut Pro, you will find yourself looking at a Cinema Tools window. This window allows you to follow the connections between the key numbers on the screen and the timecodes created when the film was made. If you are interested in using the Tools window in your Final Cut Pro, then you should know a few things about it before you begin. Understanding how to use the Tools window properly before you place an important film into your work window will allow you the best opportunity to get a good video of which you can be proud.

Materials Needed

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Cinema Tools Window
  • Video
  • Computer

Step 1: Upload Your File

Before you can begin working on your file in Final Cut Pro, you will need to upload it to your computer. When you are saving the file to your computer, make sure that you place it in an easily accessed part of your Desktop, and give it an easily recognizable name. This will help you later when it comes to saving the piece you make.

Step 2: Open Final Cut Pro

Next, you need to open up the Final Cut Pro software. Cinema Tools should be available as a link on this software, and you can open that. Import your film file into the Cinema Tools window by selecting File and then Import. Get the basic file open, so that you can see your unedited work.

Step 3: Import an Audio Clip

Cinema Tools allows you to add an audio clip to your film. Do this by double-clicking onto the audio file that you wish to use, and then opening it into the Tools viewer window. Turn the sound of the audio around until you get the correct angle, and then enlarge the video screen until you have the clip that you want. Mark the clip using your playhead in the timeline. Holding down the Shift key, take the audio file over to the start of the play head. Release the shift key when you are in the correct location. Final Cut Pro will move the sound file from the start of the playhead to the next nearest frame, and will then place the audio file there.

Step 4: Check Your Film

While you are still in Cinema Tools, check that you have not damaged the film by altering the audio system, or affected any of the audio files themselves. Do this by opening up the Cinema Tools List view, which will then allow you to move the playhead backwards and forwards along the film. In order to check the film, click on the identify button; this will show you the precise timecode, plus the keycode. If these do not match, then you will need to go into the clip, and assess what is wrong in order to prevent the problem from affecting how the film is viewed.

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