Quicktip: Identify FCP filter in the timeline

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One question I hear often is asking if there is a way to tell what filters are applied to a clip by looking at the clip in the Final Cut Pro timeline. The answer is yes. You must first turn on the Toggle Clip Keyframes button in the lower right corner of the timeline, or use the keyboard shortcut Option + T: toggle_clip-_keyframes.jpg

Next, right click (or control + click if using a one button mouse) on the tiny little horizontal green bar that pops up under the clip in the timeline. There you will see a list of all the filters applied to the clip:

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If you know you have filters applied to a clip but they don’t show up when the performing the above steps the option might be turned off. Right click (or control + click if using a one button mouse) on the Toggle Clip Keyframes button in the timeline and you will see options for what can be displayed in the timeline:

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Check marks indicate what is currently displayed. The timeline indicators and options are powerful tools that are often overlooked.

5 comments to “Quicktip: Identify FCP filter in the timeline”

  1. Comment by Rob:

    Great tip! Thanks.

    Typos:
    “There you will see a list of all the clips applied to the clip:”
    should be
    “There you will see a list of all the filters applied to the clip:”

    “… but they don’t show up the performing the above steps,”
    should be
    “… but they don’t show up when performing the above steps,”

    If it was a wiki I’d fix ‘em myself.

  2. Comment by editblog:

    Hey thanks for pointing those out. I was so excited when I figured this out I forgot to proof read!

  3. Comment by Paul Gorsuch:

    Hi Scott,
    Digitising JVC 201 HD into FCP 6. Instead of the larger Log and Capture box I would previously get cutting SD for instance, I now get a small Capture Now box.
    Is this standard or perhaps am I doing something wrong.
    The problem with the small L and C box is that in the browser I get no TC info. Call me a dumb ex-film editor but these things are annoying.
    Thanks for your thoughts

    Regards
    Paul

  4. Comment by editblog:

    Paul,
    I think the issue is when you capture from an HDV source you get a slightly different log and capture box. I thought that it had TC but can’t say 100%.

  5. Comment by Rosanne:

    another tiny correction,
    One question I hear often is asking if there is a way to tell what filters are applied to a clip by looking at the clip in the Final Cut Pro timeline. The answer is yes. You must first turn on the Toggle Clip Keyframes button in the lower right corner of the timeline, or use the keyboard shortcut Option + T:
    Should read : Toggle Clip Keyframes button in the lower left corner of the timeline, or use the keyboard shortcut Option + T: