Find clips and projects in events

In Final Cut Pro, you can search for media in two ways:

  • Quickly filter clips by marking: Use the Filter pop-up menu in the Browser to quickly locate individual clips by rating, or the absence of ratings and keywords.

  • Search using a combination of criteria in the Filter window: Use the Filter window to perform complex searches for clips and projects, also known as weighted searches. You can search by a wide variety of criteria, including clip or project name, rating, media type, used media, excessive shake, keywords, the presence of people, format information, date, roles, and item type (audition, synchronized clip, compound clip, multicam clip, layered graphic, or project).

Filter clips quickly by rating

Use the Filter pop-up menu in the Browser to quickly find clips by rating.

  1. In the Libraries list, select one or more events you want to search.

  2. Choose an option from the Filter pop-up menu at the top of the Browser.

    Filter pop-up menu
    Options in Filter pop-up menu
    • All Clips: Shows all clips in the event.

    • Hide Rejected: Shows all clips or range selections except those you’ve rated Reject.

    • No Ratings or Keywords: Shows only the clips or range selections without ratings or keywords.

    • Favorites: Shows only the clips or range selections you’ve rated Favorite.

    • Rejected: Shows only the clips or range selections you’ve rated Reject.

    • Unused: Shows only the clips or range selections that are not used in a project, a compound clip, a multicam clip, or a synchronized clip.

Search for clips and projects by a combination of criteria

The Filter window allows you to combine multiple search criteria. For example, you can search for video clips or projects that contain the text “exterior” or “wide shot” in their metadata.

  1. In the Libraries list, select the event or folder you want to search.

  2. Click the Filter button at the top of the Browser.

  3. In the Filter window, choose search criteria, or rules, from the Add Rule pop-up menu.

    Add Rule pop-up menu in Filter window
    • Text: Find clips or projects by their name or any notes applied to them in list view. You can add multiple Text rules to search using more than one word or phrase, as well as exclude specific words and phrases from the search.

    • Ratings: Find clips based on the rating (Favorite or Reject) assigned to them.

    • Media Type: Find clips whose source media files are of a specific type, such as video, audio, or still images.

    • Type: Find items matching one of the following types: audition, synchronized clip, compound clip, multicam clip, layered graphic, or project.

    • Used Media: Find clips based on whether or not they are used in a project, a compound clip, a multicam clip, or a synchronized clip.

    • Stabilization: Find video clips that Final Cut Pro has identified as having excessive shake.

    • Keywords: Find clips by any of the keywords that you’ve assigned to them. You can select one or more keywords to search for.

    • People: Find clips that Final Cut Pro has identified as having people in them. Options include One Person, Two Persons, Group, Close Up Shot, Medium Shot, and Wide Shot.

    • Format Info: Find clips or projects using format information, such as video frame rate or scene number.

    • Date: Find clips or projects by either the date the item was created or the date the media was imported into Final Cut Pro.

    • Roles: Find clips by their assigned roles.

    To remove a rule, click the Remove button to the right of the rule. To exclude a rule from your search without removing it, deselect the checkbox to the left of the rule.

  4. Further refine your search by choosing items from the pop-up menus for the rules you’ve added.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • To specify that an item must match at least one of the criteria or keywords: Choose Any from the pop-up menu in the upper-left corner of the Filter window.

    • To specify that an item must match all the criteria and keywords: Choose All from the pop-up menu in the upper-left corner.

The items that match the search criteria are displayed in the Browser, and icons indicating the search status appear to the right of the Filter button at the top of the Browser.

Search status icons in Browser

If you wish, you can save your search results as a Smart Collection, which gathers items automatically based on the search criteria.

To clear a weighted search, click the Reset button to the right of the search status icons in the upper-right corner of the Browser.

Reset button in Browser

Search for clips or projects by name and notes

You can use the search field to quickly find clips or projects by name and any notes applied in list view without having to open the Filter window.

  1. In the Libraries list, select one or more events you want to search.

  2. In the search field, enter the clip’s or project’s name or notes applied to the clip or project you’re looking for.

    Text being entered in Browser search field

Find clips using both searching and filtering

Performing a weighted search and then filtering the results in the Browser by rating is a powerful way to quickly find clips. This is also the best method of finding specific clips that you haven’t rated and comparing them against the clips you have rated.

  1. In the Libraries list, select the event or folder you want to search.

  2. Search for clips using a combination of search criteria, as described in “Search for clips and projects by a combination of criteria,” above.

    However, do not apply a ratings filter using the Filter window.

  3. Use the Filter pop-up menu, as described in the “Filter clips quickly by rating” steps above, to quickly filter the clips by rating.

  4. Repeat step 3 until you find the clips you’re looking for.