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One of the features of FCP X that goes largely unmentioned (and is mostly undocumented) is the ability to edit during playback. In this tutorial I'll teach you the fundamentals of editing without stopping playback.



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Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by T. Payton
FYI. I was creating a followup to this tutorial but then 10.0.3 broke a few things for relating to editing during playback. Bummer.

10.0.3 actually added a few nice additions of real time editing (namely repositioning the playhead properly after deleting clips), but they won't be useful until Apple posts a fix--hopefully in the next version.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
@T. Payton
by T. Payton
FYI. Looks like 10.0.5 fixed the one thing that 10.0.3 broke--that is updating waveforms and filmstrips during blade and trim operations during playback.

I've been living without editing during playback for the past few months, but I'll get back on it and get out a followup tutorial.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
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Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by Michael Cox
Really useful, if you have a relatively fast processor: with my hapless 2009 13-inch macbook pro and 256MB graphics ram on a GForce 9400, I can run FCPX, work with it, but it definitely isn't happy doing more than one thing at a time; background rendering just makes it crawl, or quit if it gets too many commands. That's the only caveat--hey, anyone got a nice fast Mac they want to give away? Nicely done tutorial.
@Michael Cox
by T. Payton
Actually, I made an early version of the tutorial on a 2007 MacBook Pro with 128MB of VRAM, 4MB Ram on 10.6.8. I typically generate proxies and it works just fine. In fact I put together a rather extensive motion graphics video just last night on it. It was even running ProRes 4:4:4 1080 without any trouble. BTW, for the final tutorial I used a 2006 MacPro with a Radeon 4770 to record the tutorial.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by john spirou
is there any way to adjust the out of a clip in trim mode, while playing ?
Like Avid does (with J K L keys) ?
@john spirou
by Andy DeVries
"is there any way to adjust the out of a clip in trim mode, while playing ?
Like Avid does (with J K L keys) ?"

One way I've found to mimic this (my favorite trim feature in avid) is to enter the precision editor, play foward/backward with J/L keys, then use Shift-X to perform an extend edit. This will snap your edit wherever you are, and yes playback will continue.

You could also then use Shift-/ to review your new edit. Pretty darn close to Avid's trim, I think!
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by Thomas Berglund
Awesome tips! Thank you so much. Looking forward to your next tutorial. Keep it up! :)
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by Steve Connor
Just noticed scale and position on clips works while playing as well!

Steve Connor
"FCPX Agitator"
Adrenalin Television
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by T. Payton
Oh yes. No parameter adjustments (color correction, audio, trqnsform) in the inspector will move the playhead. The browser will however stop playback.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by Gerry Fraiberg
Amazing. Thanks for this.

Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by Martin Baker
Great job T. As you said, there's been amazingly little discussion about the real time interactivity of FCPX.

"This is bordering on enjoyable."

Martin
Digital Heaven, London UK
Unique plug-ins and tools for Apple Pro Apps
FinalCutters - For Everything Final Cut Pro
Re: Tutorial: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by Mark Dobson
Hi Timothy,

Thank's for that.

The pointer + C & V & X selection tip is great. That will save me a lot of clicks a day.

Can't see myself doing a lot of visual editing like this as if your looking at one thing your not looking the other.

However adjusting audio on the go works well.

What really come across from this presentation is both the is the power of the playback engine and keyboard shortcuts.

Great stuff!
Re: Tutorial: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by T. Payton
[Mark Dobson] "Can't see myself doing a lot of visual editing like this as if your looking at one thing your not looking the other."

You would actually be surprised, at least I was, at how much time I was just "waiting" for playback during editing. I'm in the middle of making another tutorial showing some real life examples of using these editing during playback tools. Hopefully they will give you some ideas on how to put these to practical use.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by Jari Innanen
Excellent! Thanks T.

Apple Certified Associate, FCP X
Re: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by Steve Connor
Thanks for posting that

Steve Connor
"FCPX Agitator"
Adrenalin Television
Re: Tutorial: Advanced Tips for FCP X: Editing During Playback
by Lance Bachelder
Another great tutorial T!

Lance Bachelder
Writer, Editor, Director
Irvine, California



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