Final Cut Pro interface overview

The Final Cut Pro window has three main areas:

Final Cut Pro window showing Browser, Viewer, and Timeline

Organize media in the Libraries list and the Browser

Your imported media is available in events in your library. (An event is like a folder that contains clips and projects.)

When you select an event in a library, its clips and projects appear in the Browser on the right.

Libraries list and Browser

You can reorganize your media however you like at any time, and you can use the Libraries list and the Browser to manage, rate, sort, and add keywords to your imported media. For more information, see Organizing libraries overview.

Play back clips and projects in the Viewer

The Viewer is where you play back your video, including clips and projects with up to 1920 x 1080, 2K, 4K, and even 5K resolution. You can play back events, projects, or individual clips in full-screen view or on a second display. With the Event Viewer, a separate video display that can be shown next to the main Viewer, you can display two clips at the same time: one from the Browser and one from the Timeline. For information about ways to play media, see Play back media.

Event Viewer and Viewer shown side by side

You can also use onscreen controls, superimposed over the video in the Viewer, to adjust settings for a wide array of effects and transitions.

Edit your project in the Magnetic Timeline

The bottom portion of the Final Cut Pro window contains the Timeline, where you create your movie by adding and arranging clips and making all your edits. The Timeline in Final Cut Pro “magnetically” adjusts clips to fit around clips that you drag into place. If you drag clips out of place, the surrounding clips close up to fill the space.

A Final Cut Pro project holds all of the information for your final movie, including your editing decisions and links to all the source clips and events. For more information about editing your project, see Adding clips overview and Arrange clips in the Timeline.

Timeline showing toolbar, connected clips, primary storyline, and audio clips