Create auditions to try out clips

You can create auditions in the Browser and then add them to the Timeline, or you can create auditions directly in the Timeline. When you create auditions in the Timeline, you can either group related clips or group multiple versions of the same clip (for example, to try out multiple effect treatments or lower-third titles).

Audition icon on clip in Browser
Audition icon on clip in Timeline

Create auditions in the Browser

  • Select the clips you want to include in the audition, and choose Clip > Audition > Create (or press Command-Y).

Create auditions in the Timeline

  • To create an audition with related clips: Drag a clip or a group of clips from the Browser onto a clip in the Timeline, and choose an audition option from the shortcut menu.

    Choosing Add to Audition creates an audition with the current Timeline clip as the pick. Choosing Replace and Add to Audition makes the clip you’re dragging the pick.

    Important: If a transition is applied to the current clip in the Timeline and the pick for the new audition lacks sufficient media for the transition, the transition is either shortened or removed.

  • To create an audition with a duplicate version of a clip, including applied effects: Select a clip in the Timeline, and choose Clip > Audition > Duplicate as Audition.

    An audition is created containing the selected clip and a duplicate version that includes any effects applied to the original.

  • To create an audition with a duplicate of the original version of a clip, without applied effects: Select a clip in the Timeline, and choose Clip > Audition > Duplicate from Original (or press Shift-Command-Y).

    An audition is created containing the selected clip and a duplicate version without any applied effects.

  • To create an audition with a duplicate of the original version of a clip, with effects and attributes from another clip: Select a clip in the Timeline that has the attributes you want to copy, and choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C). Then select the clip you want to make into an audition and choose Clip > Audition > Duplicate and Paste Effects (or press Option-Command-Y).

    An audition is created containing the selected clip and a duplicate version with effects and attributes copied from the first clip.

Open an audition

After you create an audition, it’s easy to open it and review its contents.

Do one of the following:

  • Choose Clip > Audition > Open (or press Y).

  • Click the Audition icon.

    Audition icon on clip in Timeline

The Audition window appears, and you can preview your clips to choose a pick.

Break apart an audition

You can break apart an audition to convert its contents to individual clips in the Timeline.

  • Select an audition in the Timeline, and choose Clip > Break Apart Clip Items (or press Shift-Command-G).

    Final Cut Pro replaces the audition selected in the Timeline with the individual items that made up the audition.

You can also break apart compound clips, storylines, and standard clips. For more information, see Create and break apart compound clips and Add storylines.