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  • Please Help – Premiere editor has project in FCPX

  • Dave Blaire

    December 21, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    This has probably been asked before but –

    I might have a job where they want to use FCPX. I’ve been using Premiere, FCP 7 and Media Composer for years, and I’d like to use FCPX as much like that software as possible.

    Is there an edit mode where it’s possible to edit to audio and video tracks, as in select the track, do a mark in / mark out and then insert / overwrite edit and have it end up on that track, or are the tracks in FCPX never labeled and you just can’t edit like this (I remember seeing a couple years ago a tutorial along these lines). I really don’t want to get used a new editing technique, just want to use this software like I’m used to. Possible?

    Thanks for any help –


  • Roger Sherman

    December 21, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    FCP 7 is nothing like FCPX. I had a project that I needed to edit myself and my friend who helped design the original FCP convinced me to use it. She would be my guru on X.

    She could barely help me.

  • Patrick Donegan

    December 21, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    One thing to know is that FCP X is a true nonlinear editor.

    And that is what the “magnetic timeline” is all about.

    It would be very smart of you to watch at least an hour of a great tutorial.

    One great one is by Larry Jordan on his website.

    It takes a certain amount of time to “get” the magnetic timeline,

    so please take some time to study.

  • Dave Blaire

    December 21, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Hi – just to clarify – I understand FCPX works differently than FCP 7, Premiere, etc., and I understand the magnetic time line. My question is, is there an editing mode in FCPX that makes it more like using those traditional NLEs.

    Thanks –


  • Dave Blaire

    December 21, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Also – I know there’s a way to have two windows – to bring up a Source window, and that you can use Position to turn off the magneticness of the timeline.

    My question is more about tracks (as in V1 V2 A1 A2, etc), and just a general mode where it’s more like traditional NLEs. The more I can use this just like Premiere would be the best…

    – D

  • John Fishback

    December 21, 2021 at 10:56 pm
  • Jacqueline Bazinet

    December 21, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Dave,

    The short answer to your question is “no”. There are no separate audio tracks from video tracks. You CAN manually separate audio tracks from video tracks, but I don’t recommend it. However, you can relearn and retrain yourself. I began my editing career on Avid, then moved to FCP, then Premiere, back to FCP 7, and then to FCPX. My employer simply said, here’s what we are going with, go learn it on your own. Even though I’ve been using FCPX for many years, I still struggle with the Magnetic Timeline during the re-editing process. Recently, a friend colleague of mine suggested Ripple Training, so I have signed up to learn those little tricks and tips that should keep my swearing down to a minimum! Simply put, just because you don’t know FCPX, doesn’t mean you can’t learn it in a short amount of time. As an NLE editor, you know what you want, you just have to know what keystrokes and the terminology to get there. Good luck!

  • Dave Blaire

    December 22, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Cool – thanks for the insight.

  • Dave Blaire

    December 22, 2021 at 12:43 am


  • Dave Blaire

    December 22, 2021 at 12:45 am

    By the way, if anyone’s interested in learning my particular style of Premiere editing (with 30 or so custom keyboard shortcuts) check out

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