FCP X: Modify Shortcuts

Recently, I wanted to change the key assignments on two keyboard shortcuts inside Final Cut Pro X – and I discovered it was trickier than I was expecting, which is why I decided to write this article.

It seems that I am completely unable to remember that Shift+Command+I is the Import Files command. I keep typing Command-I, which opens the Import from Camera window.

Sigh… Drives me nuts.

So, I decided I would swap the two shortcuts. However, I discovered that that you can’t change an existing shortcut.

So, here’s the process:

We can highlight any of these shortcuts by clicking the Command in the list. But, once selected, the keys assigned to a shortcut can’t be changed.

So, what we need to do is create a new shortcut with the appropriate keys, then delete the old shortcut. The easiest way to do this is to select the Command and type the key combination you want to assign to the new version.



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3 Responses to FCP X: Modify Shortcuts

  1. Alan says:

    Thanks Larry, I thought I knew how to do this (pretty straight forward).

    Lost count how many times I tried to delete a custom shortcut – you came to the rescue, deselecting the modifiers was the answer.


  2. Colin says:

    Hi Larry,

    Is it possible to create a new command? I have created a new audio role and I wanted to create a keyboard shortcut to assign clips to it quickly, but I haven’t figured out how to when it isn’t listed, like say the assign audio to the effect role?

    • Larry says:


      Probably not. FCP X is not scriptable, so you can’t use a scripting utility. You can only create shortcuts for commands which already exist inside FCP X and are found in the Commands section of the application.


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