Possible bug in FCPX – mapping Zoom In/Out to Up/Down arrow results in unexpected zooming

Just discovered what I’m assuming is a bug.  If you’re reading this and use FCPX, I’d appreciate it if you would test it and leave a comment with your results.

By default, Zoom In and Zoom Out are mapped to Cmd+ and Cmd- and when activated they zoom in and out around the playhead.

Remapping Zoom In and Zoom Out to the Up and Down arrows results in random zooming. It no longer zooms around the playhead. See the video below for a demonstration.

5K iMac, 27-inch, Late 2014
4GHz Intel Core i7
AMD M295X 4GB graphics card
OS 10.10.5 Yosemite
FCPX 10.2.2


Demo Reel 2015 – Sports Emphasis

2015 Demo Reel, with an emphasis on sports related work. Full spot names are listed below and are linked to the full spots.

To view more of my work please visit my Vimeo page.


1. Jaguars “All In” TV
2. Armada Hype Video
3. Jaguars “I am Section” TV
4. Armada Brand Launch Video
5. Fanatics.com Frenemies” TV
6. Armada “Community” TV
7. NASL Play of the Week graphic open/lower third
8. Colt Rifles brand video

Batch change images to 72dpi for Avid Pan and Zoom effect.

If you’re using the Avid Pan and Zoom effect and getting strange results, it may be because your image is set to something other than 72dpi (likely 150 or 300).  If you have a lot of images to change you can batch change them all using Photoshop.  

Below is a quick tutorial showing how to set up an action and process them all using Photoshop CC 2014.  The process is similar in earlier versions of Photoshop, if you’re not on the latest software.

Avid – Batch Importing

Here’s a tutorial on Batch Importing in Avid. I tried to cover a little of everything – importing then batch importing to upres, batch importing and linking to a difference file (ex. logo revisions), the caveats of batch importing (file durations must be the same, working with alpha channels, files with audio), and how to relink to files that have been moved from their original location. If you have questions about batch importing or would like to see a tutorial on another Avid feature, post your request in the comments and I’ll try to get another tutorial made.

NAB NEWS: Apple promoting FCPX online, Autodesk has a big announcement, and Avid offers Symphony Upgrade/Crossgrade for $999

NAB is right around the corner and it looks like it’s going to be an exciting year.

While Apple doesn’t have a booth at NAB anymore, they just released an update to FCPX (10.0.4) and added an “In Action” marketing page to their site.  Apple FCPX In Action

Autodesk is promoting something big – Autodesk Smoke is changing. Everything.

Abode is expected to demo/release CS6.  I’d expect to see big advances in Premiere Pro.  Todd Kopriva et al will be posting here: Adobe NAB Updates.  Hopefully there will be a demo/information about SpeedGrade.

Also, Avid announced an Upgrade/Crossgrade offer to Avid Symphony.  If you own Avid XpressDV, XpressPro, Media Composer or FCP (not FCPX) you can upgrade/crossgrade for $999 until June 15, 2012 (it includes Boris Continuum Complete v8).  Learn about Symphony here: Avid Symphony Product Page    Buy it here:  Buy Avid Symphony  I’m pushing very hard to convert at least 2 of our FCP licenses to Symphony licenses.

Looks like it’s going to be a great NAB for editing/finishing systems.  What are you most interested in?


Welcome to my blog.  I’m Michael, and I’m an editor for an ad agency in Florida.  I’ve been a copywriter, news promo editor, one-man band, and now work for with a team of editors and motion graphic artists on commercials, web videos, corporate videos, and anything else that crosses my desk.  I learned to edit on an Avid Media Composer Adrenaline, spent a few years on an Avid Xpress Meridien, a little Media100, some Edius, back to Avid Xpress Pro, upgraded that to Media Composer, took a job that was all FCP, and am now in the process of getting super efficient in Premiere Pro.

I love learning software, and I really love blurring the line between the software, the computer, and me.   The purpose of this blog is to explore editing workflows and efficiencies on whatever software I can get my hands on.  If I find a tip or trick that makes editing faster or easier, I’ll post it here.  If I have an idea to improve the editing process, or NLE designs I’d like to see, I’ll post it here.  If you have a tip or trick send me an email and I’ll post it here, too.

Premiere Pro – opening files in the Source Monitor, from the Project Panel

Originally posted here: http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/3/922814

Figured this one out the other day – selecting a file in the Project Panel and opening it in the Source Monitor, using only the keyboard.  Pretty basic, right?  Well, not with the default layout in Premiere.  First, let’s see what happens without mapping the keyboard.

Open a Premiere project and activate the Project Panel (Shift+1 is the default shortcut).  Use the Up/Down arrows to cycle the clips – select one and hit Return.  You’d expect it to load into the Source Monitor, right?  Nope.  It activates the name so you can rename the clip.

Return Key activates clip name for renaming. Useful, but not what we want.

Hit Return again.  It shifts down a line and activates the name so you can rename the next clip.  Super useful, but not what we’re going for.  Hit Enter (on the keypad, far right side of your keyboard). This locks the name into place but still doesn’t load the clip into the Source Monitor.  That’s because Open In Source Monitor is a specific command that isn’t mapped to the Premiere Pro keyboard by default.  Why, I have no idea, but it’s not.  Let’s map it.

Open the keyboard shortcuts, select the Panels category and start a search for “open in”.  Second option is what we want – “Project Panel – Open in Source Monitor”.  I mapped mine to Opt+Return.

Map "Project Panel - Open in Source Monitor" to your keyboard so you can load clips to your source monitor with just the keyboard.

Now you can hit OK (don’t forget to save your keyboard shortcuts – I save mine as my last name so I can take them to other systems and quickly load my custom setup – more on that in another post).  Go back to your Project Panel, select a clip, and hit the keyboard shortcut you just assigned.  The clip opens in the Source Monitor!  You can even select multiple clips and it will load them all into the source monitor.  And that brings me to my next shortcut – cycling clips in the source monitor.

You’ve loaded a handful of clips in your source monitor and you want to cycle through them quickly.  You can go to the upper left hand corner and use the drop down box to select the clip:

Pulldown box listing the clips loaded in the source monitor. Nice, but not very efficient. There's a faster way (keyboard shortcuts!)

I prefer to the use the keyboard, so let’s head back to the keyboard shortcuts and map it to the keyboard.  Select the Panel category and search for Source.  At the very bottom is what we want – Source Clip: Next, and Source Clip:Previous.  I mapped mine to Opt+Right and Opt+Left (Right and Left arrow).

Cycle to the next or previous clip loaded into the source monitor.

Hit ok, select the source monitor, and start cycling through your clips!  I love this because I can select my clips in the Project Panel, load them into my source monitor, cycle through them using the keyboard and edit them into my timeline without touching a mouse at all!  Avid needs to incorporate this immediately.

Premiere Pro – Increase/Decrease Video/Audio tracks via the keyboard

I originally posted this tip here:  http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/3/922931

In Avid, I’d often save timeline views with audio tracks massively expanded for rough audio mixing, or the audio small and the video larger for cutting and applying effects.  If I wanted to adjust the track size even more I could just hit Ctrl+L to enlarge any activated tracks, and Ctrl+K to make them smaller (PC – I imagine the Mac is Cmd+L and Cmd+K).  You can do it with a mouse, too, but I prefer to do as much as possible with the keyboard.  I find it faster, gives me more finite control, and saves my wrist in the long run.

Now that I’m spending most of my time in Premiere I was looking for a way to do the same thing, and it turns out you can, but it operates a little differently than Avid.

First, you’ll need to map this to your keyboard because it’s not mapped by default.  Open your Keyboard Shortcuts, select the Panels category, and search for Video.  Scroll down and at the bottom you’ll see Decrease Video Tracks Height and Increase Video Tracks Height.  I mapped mine to Opt+Cmd+K and CMD+OPT+L.  Why not just map it to Cmd+K and Cmd+L like Avid?  More on that in a minute.

Keyboard shortcuts for increasing and decreasing your video track height.

In Avid, the Increase/Decrease command honors any selected tracks (I believe it’s called Enlarge Tracks/Decrease Tracks).  In Premiere there is a separate command for Audio – which is why I mapped video to Opt+Cmd+K and L.  I already had something mapped to Cmd+K that I didn’t want to change, so I mapped my audio is mapped to Opt+K and Opt+L.  See below:

Keyboard shortcuts to increase/decrease audio track height.

So, map the Audio too.  Once you’ve mapped your keyboard, head back to your timeline.  There’s a little gotcha I discovered to making this work right.  I was expecting to just select my tracks, hit my keyboard commands, and voila – they would get bigger/smaller.  Well, Premiere operates differently.  Track selections are ignored – you can only increase/decrease a track if you’ve twirled down the Collapse/Expand Track arrow.

This must be twirled open for the Increase/Decrease Track Height keyboard commands to work. Or to resize the track with the mouse.

Twirl down the track(s) you want to increase/decrease the size of, hit the keyboard commands you’ve mapped and watch them grow/shrink.

Only the tracks I twirled down resized. This is the "track selection" Adobe honors in resizing tracks via the keyboard or mouse.

I still prefer the track selection method Avid uses since it requires half as many keyboard shortcuts to remember, but I’m glad to see that I can still do what I want in Premiere without too much of a fuss.  Now if I can just figure out how to twirl down activated tracks using the keyboard, I’ll be a super happy camper.

Happy editing.