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Follow @FinalCutProHelp on Twitter and Instagram for daily shortcuts!

Each day a new post containing a Final Cut Pro, Motion, or Compressor shortcut and description will be shared. You may find some of these shortcuts familiar, and others may be new. The goal is to both introduce and remind you to use these shortcuts. Speed the editing process up as you discover the best shortcuts for your workflow.



Install this macOS Security Update Now!

If you have macOS High Sierra, install the available security update from the Updates tab in the App Store. This update fixes a vulnerability described on the page linked below:

Security Update 2017-001

About the security content of Security Update 2017-001

Available for: macOS High Sierra 10.13.1

Not impacted: macOS Sierra 10.12.6 and earlier

Impact: An attacker may be able to bypass administrator authentication without supplying the administrator’s password


Some users have reported an issue with file sharing after installing the Security Update linked above. If you’re one of them, don’t worry, Apple has posted a fix in this article:

Repair file sharing after Security Update 2017-001 for macOS High Sierra 10.13.1

Motion: Working with Titles

Improve your videos by adding custom titles created with Motion. Watch the new video tutorial linked below to learn how to customize titles built into Final Cut Pro 10 and create one from scratch using Motion. Motion is an application developed by Apple and is available from the Mac App Store for $49.

This video starts by explaining how to customize titles built into Final Cut Pro using Motion. The second part takes you through the steps to create a new Final Cut Title from scratch using Motion.

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iPhone: Do Not Disturb While Driving

It’s almost impossible to go for a drive without seeing another driver distracted by their phones. With the introduction of iOS 11, a new feature called Do Not Disturb While Driving attempts to help drivers focus on the road and not their iPhones.

When enabled, Do Not Disturb While Driving limits notifications and changes additional settings to help keep you focused on the road. Open Settings-Do Not Disturb and look for Do Not Disturb While Driving near the bottom of the page. Select how you’d like this feature to be enabled either automatically based on movement, when connected to the cars Bluetooth, or turn it on yourself manually. I recommend starting with the automatic setting and adjusting if needed.

Another significant benefit to using this feature is the auto-reply that is sent to people who message you. Customize the response or use the default that lets them know you’re driving. If they reply with the word “urgent,” then the notification is displayed. Keep yourself and others safe by focusing on the road, not your iPhone.


Learn more by reading the support article from Apple: How to use the Do Not Disturb while driving feature

Additional reading: An Awesome Guide to iPhone

Final Cut Pro X: Ticker

Adding a title is a great way to provide information to your viewers. Turn on almost any news or sports show and you’ll see text crawling or scrolling across the bottom with updates. Abbey emailed to ask how to create this type of text using Final Cut Pro 10. There are a few different ways to create this kind of title but here is one way.

1. Create a Project in Final Cut Pro and add media for the text to scroll across.

2. Locate the Ticker title by going to the Titles and Generators Sidebar. Ticker is part of the Build In/Out collection.

3. Drag the Ticker title to your Project to add the title, represented by the purple line, on top of the video.

4. Click the title (purple line) to customize it using the Inspector (Command-4).

An Awesome Guide to iPhone

Excited to announce An Awesome Guide to iPhone is now available!

After months of beta testing, iOS 11 is available along with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. With those new releases and iPhone X (10) pre-orders around the corner, many are upgrading their current iPhones to iOS 11 or going to be purchasing a new iPhone soon.

To assist people new to iPhone or upgrading to iOS 11 on their current iPhone, I wrote An Awesome Guide to iPhone. This guide takes you through the process of purchasing, setting up, and discovering what your iPhone can do. After being introduced to the Home screen, the remaining chapters detail each app that comes pre-installed on the iPhone. We look at how you can use the App Store to unlock the power of Apps. By the end of the guide, you’ll be in control of your iPhone.

An Awesome Guide to iPhone is available for purchase from the following stores. Get your preview today and let me know what you think.

iBooks Store:




Physical copies available from Amazon:

Final Cut Pro X: Background Render

One of the benefits of using Final Cut Pro X is the ability to playback added effects, transitions, filters, and other content in real time. With past versions of Final Cut Pro and other editing applications, you could apply a filter but would need to render it before playback could happen. When something is rendered, temporary video and audio files are created that allow you to playback the content in real time.

Zenna sent the following tweet: “Final cut pro question, do I keep or turn off background rendering? @FinalCutPros #videography #Editor @FinalCutProHelp @CaseyNeistat”

If you have not changed your settings, the default is set that background rendering starts five seconds after you stop working. This is great because it’s set so that if you switch to another app, say Mail to reply to an email, or get up for some coffee, the rendering will start automatically. Then when you return, at least a portion, if not all of your project will be rendered.

To spot areas of your project that need to be rendered, look for the dotted line which indicates a render is required. In the project pictured, three generators have been added to a new project. Background rendering has started and is 10% completed. The first green arrow points to the 10% portion that is now rendered. The red arrow points to the dotted line which is the area that needs to be rendered. At the end of the project, the Metal generator has been added. Metal is just a still image, and Final Cut is able to play that back in real time without needing it to be rendered. The second green arrow points to the area above the Metal generator, no dotted line because no rendering is needed.

Use the Background Tasks window to monitor rendering and other tasks that are happening behind the scenes. Zenna would hear her computer making sounds as if it was about to take off into space. When you’re using Final Cut Pro, the computer is processing all of that video to try and play it back in real time. All of the major components in the computer, including the processor and memory, are working very hard to make this happen. While those parts are working, they generate heat which needs to be cooled. This is when the fans have to spin faster to cool the computer. In most cases, this is what causes the computer to sound like it’s about to take off.

Being able to watch the video as you are editing is powerful because you know the edits you’re making are the ones you want to use. If you make an edit, like adding a transition, that does not look right, the ability to play back the transition immediately allows you to adjust the transition. As you become a more experienced editor, you will start to know what the video is going to look like when you add a particular transition or effect, you don’t need to render it to see the results. This is one reason that editors like to disable background rendering, there is no need for the computer to be working on the rendering automatically. When there is something that the editor wants to see, rendering for just that one transition or effect can happen quickly. Just make a selection and then click Modify-Render Selection (Control-R) or choose Render All (Control-Shift-R) to render the entire project.

With the ability to control what is being rendered, some editors like to turn background rendering off. To turn background rendering off, open Final Cut Pro X Preferences (Command-,) and click the Playback tab. Remove the check next to background render to disable this feature. You can also delay the render from starting by adjusting the start after time up to 999 seconds.

For me, I like to keep background rendering on and I adjust the time down to one second. I do this because of a few factors. First, I have plenary of storage space for the render files that are going to be created. Second, my computer is a Mac Pro with enough processing power and RAM that allows me to multitask without slowing me down while the background rendering is happening. The final factor is for my brain. I don’t have to think about rendering, Final Cut does it for me and that is one less thing I have to think about. This allows me to focus my thinking on the creative process and how I want to edit my video, not when do I have to render. With all of that said, if I’m using a slower or older computer, I may turn background rendering off because the computer just can’t keep up.

Tip: See how your computer is doing during the use of Final Cut Pro. Open Activity Monitor from your Utilities folder. Then check the CPU and Memory usage to see how the computer is doing.

Let me know what you think with a comment below or send me an email

Apple provides the following support article to help us understand what background rendering is: Final Cut Pro X: About background rendering

What Do You Want To Learn?​

Specializing in Apple products and services, is here to help you learn about your technology. Most recently, An Awesome Guide to Final Cut Pro 10.3 was released to help people learn how to use this advanced video editing application. Final Cut is just one of many applications that you may be interested in learning. There is a roadmap in place for what tutorials, guides, and videos get created next. However, we want to create content you will actually use. Help us understand what to create that will help you. Leave a comment to let us know what pieces of software or technologies you would like to learn?

Final Cut Pro X: Transitions

Unless it only has one long clip, your project will contain transitions. After you have two clips added to a project, there is a simple cut between the two. This transitions, or lack of one, is a powerful way to get from the first clip to the second. However, a cross dissolve or other transition may be the better option.

A cross dissolve is Final Cut Pros’ default transition. Fading through one clip into the next is a great way to soften the flow as you change from one shot to the next. In some cases, you may want a more complex transition. The Transition Browser contains a large selection for you to choose from.

Take a look at this quick tutorial to learn how to add a video transition, change the duration of a transition, select a new default transition, and what to do when you see the alert “There is not enough extra media beyond clip edges to create the transition.”

See how this compares to the previous version of Final Cut Pro with this older tutorial:

Final Cut Pro X: Fixing Problems

Many problems can arise when working with an advanced application like Final Cut Pro X.

Last week Sam Matterface, an ITV Sports commentator, tweeted “@FinalCutProHelp that Final Cut Pro is utterly useless.” After a few tweets, he mentioned the issue he was having involved the application closing on him every 5 minutes. This behavior will make any application utterly useless. It’s also not the way the application was designed to work. If you have a problem, don’t just live with it, fix it.

First, are you seeing the “Your startup disk is almost full.” message? A wide variety of issues including not being able to open an app to only being able to import certain clips into Final Cut can be caused by a lack of available space. Check your available free space and learn how to optimize your Mac with this article:

How to free up storage space on your Mac:

Second, this article from Apple, linked below, provides multiple troubleshooting steps to resolve issues in Final Cut Pro. If you have a problem, read the article and follow the steps from top to bottom. Do not skip any steps, even if you tried them previously. If you have additional questions, tweet @FinalCutProHelp or email

Resolve an issue in Final Cut Pro X: