Use the Timeline Index to view, navigate, and search your project

The Timeline Index provides a text-based view of the clips and tags (various kinds of markers and keywords) used in your project in the Timeline. You can easily filter the Timeline Index to show only the items you want to see.

Clips in Timeline Index

You can also use the Timeline Index to navigate in the Timeline. The Timeline Index playhead appears in the list of items. When you play a project, the playhead moves down the list of items in the Timeline Index. When you select an item in the Timeline Index, the playhead automatically moves to the beginning of the item.

Show or hide the Timeline Index

  • Click the Timeline Index button in the lower-left corner of the Final Cut Pro main window (or press Shift-Command-2).

    Timeline Index button

    The Timeline Index appears in the lower-left corner of the Final Cut Pro window.

    Timeline Index playhead and Timeline playhead

View a list of items in the Timeline Index

  1. If the Timeline Index is not already open, click the Timeline Index button in the lower-left corner of the Final Cut Pro main window (or press Shift-Command-2).

    Timeline Index button
  2. Do any of the following:

    • To view a list of the clips used in the Timeline, ordered chronologically: Click the Clips button at the top.

      Clips button at top of Timeline Index, with Clips pane shown

      You can do any of the following:

      You can specify which columns are displayed by Control-clicking a column heading and choosing an option from the shortcut menu.

      Shortcut menu for customizing display of columns in Timeline Index

      You can specify which items are displayed by clicking the All, Video, Audio, or Titles button at the bottom of the Timeline Index.

      Buttons at bottom of Clips pane of Timeline Index for specifying which items to display
    • To view a list of all the tags on the clips in the Timeline, ordered chronologically: Click the Tags button at the top.

      Tags button at top of Timeline Index, with Tags pane shown

      All of the tags are shown by default. You can specify which items are displayed by clicking a button at the bottom of the Timeline Index. You can show markers, keywords, analysis keywords, incomplete to-do items, completed to-do items, and chapter markers.

      Buttons at bottom of Tags pane of Timeline Index for specifying which items to display

      Note: To-do items are types of markers.

    • To view a list of clips in the Timeline, organized by role: Click the Roles button at the top.

      Roles button at top of Timeline Index, with Roles pane shown and checkboxes for Video and Titles roles selected

      Select a role name in the list to highlight all clips in the Timeline with that role assigned. Select or deselect the checkboxes next to the roles you want to turn on or off in the Timeline. When a checkbox is deselected, you can’t see or hear clips with that assigned role when you play back your project. For more information, see View clips by role in the Timeline.

Change a To Do marker

In the Timeline Index, you can quickly change a To Do marker’s state from incomplete to completed.

  1. If the Timeline Index is not already open, click the Timeline Index button in the lower-left corner of the Final Cut Pro main window (or press Shift-Command-2).

    Timeline Index button
  2. Click the checkbox for the To Do marker.

    • If the marker was red (an incomplete to-do item), it turns green (completed).

    • If the marker was green (a completed to-do item), it turns red (incomplete).

Search for items in the Timeline Index

  1. If the Timeline Index is not already open, click the Timeline Index button in the lower-left corner of the Final Cut Pro main window (or press Shift-Command-2).

    Timeline Index button
  2. Click Clips to search for clips, or click Tags to search for tags.

  3. Enter a term in the search field at the top of the Timeline Index.

    You can search for clips, keywords, and markers (including to-do items).

Tip: With the Timeline active, choose Edit > Find (or press Command-F). The Timeline Index opens with the search field active and ready for your search term.