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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #15

Join Through Edits By Stephen Schleicher
These Final Cut Pro Quick Tips are supposed to be short, and this week we may just have our shortest and possibly most helpful one yet.

As you work through your project in Final Cut Pro, you may occasionally get so excited that you make a mistake or two and need to undo it. The first thought that pops into your head might be to use the Apple+Z key combo to undo the mistake. But what happens if you made the mistake 50 steps ago? You wouldnt want to undo all of the other great edits that you have finished now would you?

In the case of the Pen Tool, if you need to undo a keyframe you can simply press the P key twice in succession (PP) to bring up the Pen Delete Tool. You can then delete any unwanted keyframes in your Timeline.

The Pen Tool allows you to add keyframes directly in the Timeline.

Press the P key twice (PP) to bring up the Pen Delete Tool, which will allow you to remove keyframes from the Timeline/

But what about when you get a little too hasty with the Blade Tool (B)? The Blade Tool will slice through all linked layers and create a Through Edit. If you want to undo that move, your first thought might be to simply selected a clip on one side of the edit, delete it from the Timeline and extend the original clip (using the Roll Tool) to the next appropriate edit point.

A hastily made edit with the Blade Tool, that is now unwanted and needs to be removed

While that will work, it is about three steps too many. Instead place your cursor over the offending slice, Control+Click on the edit point, and select "Join Through Edit" from the pop up menu. By the way, if you buy a two button mouse, you can simply Right Click on the slice to accomplish the same thing.

Right+Click on the offending blade point and select Join Through Edit to fix the problem.

Short, simple and to the point. Now get out there and finish your editing masterpiece.

Here is a current list of the Final Cut Pro Quick Tips to date:
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #1: Texture Treatments to Enhance Video Productions
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #2: Using Markers to Quickly Edit a Music Video
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #3: Import Your Music the Right Way
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #4: Nesting Helps Manage Longer Projects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #5: Keying Explained
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #6: Configuring Your Scratch Disk
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #7: My Favorite Effects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #8: De-Interlacing
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #9: Color Correction workflow tips
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #10: Locating files in the Timeline
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #11: Backing up at project end
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #12: Exporting to After Effects
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #13: When is title safe, not title safe?
Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #14: Storyboard your edits and then edit in an instant

When not working deep in the labs of the DMN Central Division testing the latest and greatest software/hardware products Stephen Schleicher can be found at the local university teaching a few courses on video and web production. He can be reached at
schleicher@mindspring.com. You can also visit him on the web at www.mindspring.com/~schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher is a well known writer, visual effects artist and media guru! You can see more of Stephen at
www.majorspoilers.com and www.stephenschleicher.com
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