Select one or more clips

Clips represent your video, audio, and graphics files and allow you to work with your media in Final Cut Pro without changing the files themselves. To add clips to your project, rearrange them, or trim them, you first need to select them. You can select a single clip or multiple clips at a time.

Selected clip

Selecting multiple clips allows you to move them as a group within your project, or from one event to another. It’s also useful if you’ve made adjustments to a clip and you want to paste the same adjustments onto several other clips.

Select an entire clip

Do one of the following:

  • Click the clip once.

  • Move the skimmer (or the playhead) over a clip and press X.

    Note: This results in a range selection that matches the boundaries of the clip.

  • In the Browser, press Up Arrow or Down Arrow to move the selection to a neighboring clip.

  • In the Browser, Option-drag from the start point to the end point of the clip.

  • In the Timeline, move the skimmer (or the playhead if skimming is turned off) over the clip you want to select and press C. This method selects the clip in the primary storyline.

    Connected clips and storylines are attached to clips in the primary storyline, and they appear above and below the primary storyline. To select a connected clip or storyline with this keyboard shortcut method, position the pointer on the connected clip and press C. For more information, see Connect clips to add cutaway shots, titles, and synchronized sound effects and Add storylines.

A yellow border appears around the clip, indicating that it is selected.

Selected clip

Note: A Timeline clip selection (shown above) is different from a Timeline range selection, which has visibly distinct range handles for adjusting the selection start point and end point. All selections in the Browser are actually range selections (with adjustable start and end points).

Select multiple clips in the Browser or the Timeline

  • To select a number of individual clips: Hold down the Command key as you click the clips you want to select.

    Note: Command-clicking a Browser clip with preexisting ranges selects the ranges rather than the whole clip.

  • To select all clips and ranges in the Browser or the Timeline: Click the Browser or Timeline to make it active, and choose Edit > Select All (or press Command-A).

  • To select multiple clips by dragging: Drag a selection rectangle over the Timeline or event clips you want to select.

    Selection rectangle being dragged over clips to select them

Deselect clips in the Browser or the Timeline

  • To deselect a single selected clip: Command-click the clip or click outside it (or select a different clip).

  • To deselect multiple selected clips: Hold down the Command key and click the clips you don’t want selected.

  • To deselect all clips and ranges: Choose Edit > Select > None (or press Shift-Command-A).

  • To deselect all clips and clear all selected ranges in the Browser: Press Option-X.