Final Cut Pro tip: Moving multiple keyframes

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case a multi-megabyte video is worth a couple of hundred words:

You can use the motion bar and the filter bar in Clip Keyframes to move all the keyframes in a clip at the same time. You can also move all the audio level keyframes in a clip at the same time using the slip tool on the graph in the viewer.

That doesn’t quite make sense, so take a look at the video in HD mode, which means following the link to the HD video on the Vimeo site. Click the Vimeo logo in the controller bar to go to the page on the site with the HD version. Click the four-arrow icon on the right of the controller bar to scale the video up to 720p.

As a shortcut, you can choose which elements appear in Clip Keyframes mode by control- (or right-) clicking the Toggle Clip Keyframes button in the bottom-left of the Timeline window.

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14 comments
  1. Lu Nelson said:

    Hey Alex,

    great little tutorial — I just found your blog — I love this kind of tip because it’s never in the manual. Did you stumble across it just by using?

    Best regards,

    LMN

  2. Alex said:

    I guessed that it was possible to do these things. I know that the selection tool only moves one keyframe at a time when used in keyframe graphs, so I tried using the selection tool in different places to see what happened. I also tried different tools on keyframe graphs. This is what I came up with.

  3. olm said:

    héllo, thanks for your tips! But when i am in the selection tool, i do everything you do on the keyframes (placing cursor between two keyframes…) but when i drag along the bar, nothings append !!!!! Do you use a key while dragging???? ctrl, cmd or esle????

    please help, this tip is the more interresting i’ve ever find for FCP !!!

  4. Alex said:

    You don’t need to use a modifier key. If you right-click the Vimeo movie and play the movie in Vimeo, you’ll see me drag the keyframes in the filters bar, the motion bar and the audio tab. I didn’t use any modifier keys.

  5. Victor S. said:

    I can’t seem to get this to work with volume keyframes, any suggestions?

  6. Vagn said:

    I had the same issue. The keyframes did not move.
    I had the correct curser but nothing happened. I do not have Studio 2.

  7. Chris Edwards said:

    Brilliant. It had been driving me mad. Many thanks.

  8. Michel said:

    Great!!! I was looking for that for a long time!!!

    BUT… what happen if I have to move just a selection of keyframes and not all the keykrames in the clip?

    I don’t know how to do that, overall with audio keyframes!!

  9. How do you raise or lower the volume of all audio keyframes at once?

    • Alex said:

      From FCP help: To adjust the audio level by using the Modify menu
      Select one or more clips in the Timeline, or place the Canvas or Timeline playhead over the clip whose audio level you want to modify.

      Choose Modify > Audio, then choose one of the Gain items from the submenu to indicate how much you want to modify the level.

      The audio level of your clip is increased or decreased from its current value by the increment you choose. If you selected multiple clips, all clips are modified relative to their current values.

      To adjust the audio level by using keyboard shortcuts
      Select one or more clips in the Timeline, or place the Canvas or Timeline playhead over the clip whose audio level you want to modify.

      Do one of the following:

      To raise the level by 1 dB: Press Control–Equal Sign (=).
      To raise the level by 3 dB: Press Control–Right Bracket (]).
      To lower the level by 3 dB: Press Control–Left Bracket ([).
      To lower the level by 1 dB: Press Control-Hyphen (-).
      The audio level of your clip is increased or decreased from its current value by the increment of the keyboard shortcut you used. If you selected multiple clips, all clips are modified relative to their current values.

  10. Johan, Stockholm said:

    Thanks a lot. Learned something very useful here! First hit when googling “fcp moving multiple keyframes”….

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