Select a range

Instead of selecting whole clips, you can select a range within any clip in the Timeline or the Browser. In the Timeline, you can also select a range that spans multiple clips. You can trim range selections, mark them with ratings and keywords, and modify them in other ways. You can adjust the range selection start and end points by dragging either side of the selection. You can also create multiple range selections in one or more clips in the Browser.

Selected range in Timeline, with range handles on each side

Note: This illustration shows a Timeline range selection. Browser range selections have straight range handles.

Select a range

Do one of the following:

  • In the Browser, drag across any clip (filmstrip).

    A yellow border appears around the range you selected.

    If the filmstrip wraps onto two lines, you can select a range extending over the break simply by continuing to drag across the break. When you reach the edge, the pointer jumps to the next line.

    Tip: In the Browser, Option-drag across any clip (filmstrip) with existing ranges to replace those ranges with a new range.

  • In the Timeline, choose Range Selection from the Tools pop-up menu in the toolbar (or press R).

    Range Selection tool in Tools pop-up menu

    The pointer changes to the Range Selection tool .

    Drag the Range Selection tool across one or more clips in the Timeline to select a range. To adjust the range selection start and end points, drag the range handles on either side of the range.

    Tip: To temporarily turn on the Range Selection tool, hold down the R key. When you release the R key, the tool reverts to the previously active tool.

    Selected range in Timeline, with range handles on each side
  • Use the I and O keys to set the range selection start and end points. For more information, see the instructions below.

  • In the Browser or the Timeline, move the skimmer (or the playhead) over a clip and press X.

    Final Cut Pro sets the range selection start and end points at the clip start and end points.

    Tip: To use this X key method with connected clips or clips in a connected storyline, position the pointer on the clip and press X.

  • Command-click a colored marker line at the top of a clip.

    These marker lines can indicate any of the following: Favorite (green), Rejected (red), manually applied keywords (blue), or analysis keywords (purple).

Set a range start point or end point

  • To set the start point: Position the skimmer (or the playhead, if skimming is turned off) where you want the selection to start, and choose Mark > Set Range Start (or press I).

    To remove the range start point, press Option-I.

  • To set the end point: Position the skimmer (or the playhead, if skimming is turned off) where you want the range to end, and choose Mark > Set Range End (or press O).

    To remove the range end point, press Option-O.

  • To set the range start point or end point while a clip or your project is playing back: Press the Space bar to start playback, and then press the I or O key when you want to set the start or end point.

Tip: In the Browser, you can press Shift-Command-I and Shift-Command-O to set multiple ranges during playback.

If you’re using the Blade, Trim, and Range Selection tools in the Timeline or in the Precision Editor, you can use the I and O keys to set selection start and end points in a connected clip or storyline, as well as in clips underneath connected clips and storylines. Move the pointer directly over a clip and press I to set a selection start point or O to set a selection end point.

Extend or shorten the range selection

  • To adjust where the range starts or ends: Drag the left or right edge of the yellow selection border.

  • To reset the start point or end point for a range within the same event clip or project: Move the skimmer and press I or O.

    Tip: You can also press the I or O key while a clip is playing back.

  • To extend or shorten a range within an event clip: Move the skimmer to any frame that you want the range to begin or end with, and then hold down the Shift key and click (or drag).

  • To extend or shorten a range using timecode: Choose Modify > Change Duration (or press Control-D), and enter a new duration. (This method works with single range selections only.)

The range selection is lengthened or shortened accordingly.

If you require the skimmer and it is not present, you can turn on skimming at any time.

Set multiple ranges in event clips during playback

You can set multiple ranges in clips in the Browser during playback.

  1. Play back an event clip.

  2. While the clip is playing, do any of the following:

    • To add a range start point: Press Shift-Command-I.

    • To add a range end point: Press Shift-Command-O.

Note: To set multiple ranges in the same clip, repeat these keyboard shortcuts while continuing playback.

Set the range selection to match the boundaries of the clip

Final Cut Pro sets a range selection from the start point to the end point of the clip. Any preexisting ranges are removed.

Clear ranges

You can remove one or more ranges from the Browser or the Timeline.

Note: This operation does not affect the clip media in either the Browser or the Timeline.

  • To remove an individual range in an event: Option-click the range.

  • To remove a range in the Timeline: Click outside of the range or select a different range.

  • To clear one or more ranges in the Browser or the Timeline: Select the range or ranges and choose Mark > Clear Selected Ranges (or press Option-X).

    Note: Selected ranges have a thick yellow border. Unselected ranges (available only in the Browser) have a thin orange border.

  • To remove all ranges in an event: Choose Edit > Select All (or press Command-A) to select all ranges in the current event, and choose Mark > Clear Selected Ranges (or press Option-X).