Create custom roles and subroles

You can create custom roles and subroles in addition to the five default roles (Video, Titles, Dialogue, Music, and Effects).

Important: Create custom roles and subroles with care. Custom roles (and the names of custom roles) cannot be edited or removed from the roles list. However, you can change the role assignments of clips at any time.

Create custom roles

  1. To open the Role Editor, do one of the following:

    • Choose Modify > Edit Roles.

    • In the Browser in list view or the Clips pane of the Timeline Index, click a role in the Roles column and choose Edit Roles from the shortcut menu.

      Edit Roles option being chosen from Roles pop-up menu
    • With a clip selected in the Browser or the Timeline, open the Info inspector and choose Edit Roles from the Roles pop-up menu.

  2. Choose the role type from the Add Role pop-up menu in the lower-left corner of the Role Editor window.

    Add Role pop-up menu with options for choosing new audio or video role

    The new role appears at the bottom of the Role column.

    Newly created audio role shown in Role Editor window
  3. Type a name for the new role.

Once you have created a new role, it appears in the roles list so that you can assign it to any clip.

Newly created role being chosen from Roles pop-up menu in Info inspector

Create subroles

Subroles allow you to organize roles within a role; for example, you could create a Foley Effect subrole within the Effects role, or a Spanish Subtitles subrole within the Titles role.

  1. To open the Role Editor, do one of the following:

    • Choose Modify > Edit Roles.

    • In the Browser in list view or the Clips pane of the Timeline Index, click a role in the Roles column and choose Edit Roles from the shortcut menu.

      Edit Roles option being chosen from Roles pop-up menu
    • With a clip selected in the Browser or the Timeline, open the Info inspector and choose Edit Roles from the Roles pop-up menu.

  2. Select a role in the Role column, and click the Add Subrole button (with a plus sign) below the Subrole column.

    Newly created subrole shown in Role Editor window
  3. Type a name for the subrole.

    The new subrole remains in the Subrole list and appears below its parent role in roles lists elsewhere in Final Cut Pro. When you assign subroles to clips in the Timeline, the subroles also appear in the Timeline Index.

    Subroles shown in Timeline Index