Add keywords to clips

You can apply keywords to your clips to help you quickly locate the clips you need to compose your movie. After you apply a keyword to a clip or clip range, the clip or range is marked with a blue line in the Browser. (Clips that have analysis keywords, which are automatically applied after certain types of analysis, are marked with a purple line. For more information, see Analyzing media overview.)

Additionally, when a keyword is applied to a clip or clip range, a Keyword Collection appears in the Libraries list. A Keyword Collection contains pointers (aliases) to clips tagged with a specific keyword. For example, if you apply the keyword “Nicholas” to all clips containing Nicholas, you can then select the Nicholas Keyword Collection in the Libraries list to view all clips containing the “Nicholas” keyword in the Browser.

Browser displaying clips in Keyword Collection selected in Libraries list

You can apply one or more keywords to a range within a clip, a whole clip, or a group of clips in an event.

Note: If you used project folders in the Project Library in previous versions of Final Cut Pro and you updated those projects to Final Cut Pro 10.1, the projects have keywords reflecting the names of the project folders.

Apply keywords using the Keyword Editor

  1. In the Browser, select a range or one or more clips to which you want to add keywords.

  2. To open the Keyword Editor, click the Keywords button in the toolbar.

    Keywords button in toolbar
  3. At the top of the Keyword Editor, type the keyword or keyword phrase you want to apply to the selection, and press Return.

    Keyword phrase being entered in Keyword Editor
  4. Repeat step 3 for each keyword or keyword phrase you want added to the selection.

    A blue line appears at the top of the selection in the Browser, indicating that keywords have been applied to it.

    Blue line appearing at top of ranges in Browser that have keywords applied
  5. When you’re finished adding keywords, close the Keyword Editor.

Assign keywords using keyboard shortcuts

To add keyword phrases to your clips using keyboard shortcuts, you must first assign keywords and keyword phrases to the keyboard shortcuts.

  1. If the Keyword Editor isn’t open, click the Keywords button in the toolbar.

    Keywords button in toolbar
  2. In the Keyword Editor, click the disclosure triangle to the left of Keyword Shortcuts.

  3. Type a keyword or phrase in each shortcut field, and press Return.

    To reassign a keyboard shortcut, select the shortcut text in the field and type the new keyword.

    Keyword Editor showing keyword shortcut fields
  4. To use a keyboard shortcut, select a range or one or more clips to which you want to add keywords, and press Control and the corresponding number key (1 through 9).

View keywords applied to clips

  • To quickly identify clips that have keywords: Select an event in the Libraries list.

    Clips that have one or more keywords appear in the Browser marked with a blue line at the top.

  • To view all keywords applied to a clip: Choose View > Show Skimmer Info (or press Control-Y), and skim the clip in the Browser.

    Skimmer Info window

    You can also view a clip’s keywords by selecting the clip in the Browser and clicking the Keywords button in the toolbar. The keywords applied to the clip are shown in the Keyword Editor.

    Keyword Editor displaying keywords applied to selected clip
  • To view all the clips that have a specific keyword: Select a Keyword Collection in the Libraries list.

    The clips with that keyword appear in the Browser.

Remove all keywords from a selection

  1. In the Browser, select a range or one or more clips from which you want to remove keywords.

    A blue line at the top of the clips indicates the portions of the clips that have keywords applied.

  2. Choose Mark > Remove All Keywords (or press Control-0).

Remove a subset of keywords from a selection

  1. In the Browser, select a range or one or more clips from which you want to remove specific keywords.

    A blue line at the top of the clips indicates the portions of the clips that have keywords applied. Each keyword assigned to a clip is also shown in list view.

  2. Click the Keywords button in the toolbar to open the Keyword Editor, select the keyword or keywords you want to remove, and press Delete.

    Keyword Editor showing keyword selected for deletion

Tip: To create a Keyword Collection for an entire library, create a library Smart Collection using one or more keywords as the search criteria.