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SECRET LIBRARY TIPS
To open Final Cut with a specific library selected, right-click
the Final Cut icon in the dock and select the library you
want opened as FCP opens.
NOTE: All other libraries that were open the last time you
quit Final Cut will also open when you use this tip.
To open Final Cut with ONLY one library open, regardless of
how many libraries were open when you last quit Final Cut,
press and hold the Option key as FCP opens. Then, select
the library you want to open from the list. (Fig. 1)
To open FCP with an empty library and event (and all other
libraries closed), press and hold the Option key when
starting FCP from the dock and click the New button in the
bottom left corner. (Fig. 2)
NOTE: Starting with the 10.1.3 update, we can now close
all open libraries inside Final Cut Pro X.
Remember, libraries can be named anything and stored
anywhere; and there is no limit to the number of libraries
you can create. (Fig. 3)
NOTE: Because libraries contain media and render files,
be sure to store these to a high-speed storage device. I
don’t recommend storing media to the boot drive or slower
devices like thumb drives.
To open a specific library, double-click the library icon in the
If you double-click a library, it will be added to the
existing libraries inside Final Cut.
• If you OPTION-double-click a library, Final Cut will
display the “Pick a Library” list. Click the Cancel button
and FCP will open with only that library.
• If FCP is already open, double-clicking a library file in
the Finder adds the library to the open libraries already
displayed in Final Cut Pro X.
SUMMARY I’ve worked with every version of Final Cut Pro since version
1. I find the media management in FCP X 10.1.3 to be the
most flexible, robust, and extensive of any version that
Apple has ever shipped. Managed media is also the safest,
because media files are hidden from view, making it harder
to erase accidentally.
Everything we could do with media in Final Cut Pro 7,
we can do with media in Final Cut Pro X. And, if you first
learned media management with FCP X 10.0.x, this latest
version removes the obstacles that earlier version created.
There’s lots more about media for us to talk about, from
backups to collaboration, that I look forward to sharing with
you in future issues.
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