FCP X: Using Roles [Video]

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[This is an excerpt from a recent on-line video training: Audio in Final Cut Pro X, which you can download from our store. You can also access all our training when you become a member of our Video Training Library.]

Roles are a very powerful feature in Final Cut Pro X that allow you to control the organization, display or output of clips based upon their function. For example, to display all Spanish titles or highlight all dialog clips. There are five Roles: video, titles, dialog, music and effects.

In this short video, host Larry Jordan explains what Roles are and shows how to use them to organize clips, highlight related clips, hide clips, or switch between different project elements – such as languages – with a single mouse click. He also shows you how to create or delete custom Roles or Sub-roles for your project.

If you’ve always wondered what Roles are, this video will show you what you need to know.

Demo: Using Roles

TRT: 6:48 — MPEG-4 HD movie

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4 Responses to FCP X: Using Roles [Video]

  1. Steve says:

    Hi Larry
    Big fan of your newsletter but…. since a few weeks your video’s are really slow loading and choppy when I try to look at them.
    I have tested my downloadspeed (150mb/s) and I am using Safari Wont stop me looking at the video’s but they used to run so smooth.
    kind regards,

    • Larry says:


      Thanks for letting me know. We are in the middle of rewriting some of our video playback code.

      I’ll have my web team look into this.


  2. Andreas Kiel says:

    A small note to your excellent tutorial.

    If you select a role in the Roles tab the clips will be highlighted but not selected! So you can’t apply anything to them.
    To achieve this select Clips in the TI. Make sure the Roles column is displayed (if not ctrl click the column header line and select roles).
    In the search field enter the role name you want to select. Select all of the clips found (from All, Video, Audio, Titles).

    – Andreas

    • Larry Jordan says:


      i’m not sure this is true. I was able to select a Role, which highlighted a group of clips in the Timeline, then double-click an effect to apply it to the highlighted clips.

      However, if my method doesn’t work, yours is a good workaround.


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