Rename clips, events, and projects

You can rename clips in the Browser, the Timeline Index, or the Info inspector at any time. You can rename projects in the Browser and in project settings.

Renaming a clip affects only that instance of the clip. For example, if you add a clip from the Browser to the Timeline, copy clips between events, or copy clips within the Timeline, each of these clip instances (copies) is independent of the others and can have its own name.

As your project evolves, you may want to rename an event so that it more accurately reflects the clips it contains. You can rename events in the Libraries list.

Important: Renaming a clip in Final Cut Pro does not rename the clip’s source media file on disk.

Rename a clip or a project in the Browser

  • To rename a clip or project in filmstrip view: Click the clip’s or project’s name, and type a new name.

  • To rename a clip or project in list view: Click the clip’s or project’s name, press Return, and type a new name.

You can also rename a project in project settings. For more information, see Modify a project’s settings.

Rename an event

  1. In the Libraries list, select the event whose name you want to change.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the event’s name and type a new name.

    • Press Return and type a new name.

Rename a clip in the Timeline Index

  1. To open 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
  2. Click the Clips button at the top of the Timeline Index.

    Timeline Index with Clips button at top
  3. Click the Name field for a clip, and type a new name.

Rename a clip in the Info inspector

  1. Select a clip in the Browser or the Timeline.

  2. To open the Info inspector, click the Inspector button in the toolbar (shown below), and click the Info button at the top of the pane that appears.

    Inspector button in toolbar
  3. In the Name section of the Info inspector, click the Name field and type a new name.