Searching for Clips in the Browser and Finder

Final Cut Pro provides a number of options for searching for clips in the Browser. You can also reveal a clip’s media file in the Finder.

Revealing a Clip’s Media File in the Finder

There are many situations in which you want to directly access a clip’s media file in the Finder. In these cases, you can use the Reveal in Finder command.

To reveal a clip’s media file in the Finder
  1. Select a clip in a sequence or in the Browser.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose View > Reveal in Finder.

    • Control-click the clip and choose Reveal in Finder from the shortcut menu.

The Finder becomes the frontmost application, and the clip’s media file is selected in a Finder window.

You can also rename a clip’s media file to match the clip name, or rename a clip to match its media file. For more information, see Reconnecting Clips and Offline Media.

About Search Options

You can use the Find command to search for items in a project by any property or combination of properties. You can also limit your search to only the current project, or you can search every open project. If you are looking for clips you haven’t included in any of your sequences, you can limit your search to “unused media.” Or you may want to only search for clips that are included in your sequences. Search results appear in a separate window, called Find Results.

You can search by single item properties—the most obvious being searches by clip name—or by several properties at once, such as clip name, reel, and label.

Tip: Searching is a good way to find all of the unused clips in your project.

To open the Find window
  • Make sure the Browser is the active window, then choose Edit > Find (or press Command-F).

    Figure. Find window showing search options.
    Figure. Find window showing additional search criteria options after clicking the More button.
Options for Defining the Scope of a Search

When you are searching for clips, you may sometimes want to search within a single bin, while other times you may need to search every open project. The Find window allows you to define the scope of your search.

Options for Defining the Criteria of a Search

The Find window allows you to specify search criteria.

  • More: Click this to refine your search by adding more criteria.
  • Less: Click this to remove the last search criteria item.
  • Omit: Select this option to exclude clips that meet this criterion in your search.
  • Matching criteria: Enter your specific search criteria. If you are searching for clips that contain the name “wide shot,” enter “wide shot” here.
Search Commands

The Find window also provides two options for searching—Find Next and Find All—depending on your search needs.

  • Find Next: Click this to search for the next item that matches your search criteria. Once an item is found, it is selected in the currently open Browser. Press Command-G to continue the search in your currently selected bin or project.
  • Find All: Click this to search for all items that match your search criteria. This places all found items into a window called Find Results.

Searching for Items in the Browser

You can search in all open projects or restrict your search to a single project, or tab, in the Browser. You can search for one item at a time, or multiple items at once.

Searching for Single Items in the Browser

You can search for one clip at a time.

To search for a single item in the Browser
  1. Make the Browser active, then choose Edit > Find (or press Command-F).

  2. Select your search options, then enter your search criteria.

    For more information, see About Search Options.

    Figure. Find window showing where to specify search criteria.

    The above example shows a search for clips used in sequences selected in the Browser that have the word “Copy” in their names. (If a clip has been edited into a sequence, its media file is being used.)

  3. Click Find Next.

    The found item is highlighted in the Browser.

  4. Press Command-G to search for the next item in the Browser that meets the search criteria.

Searching for Multiple Items in the Browser

You can also do a search to find multiple clips at once.

To search for multiple items in the Browser
  1. Make the Browser active, then choose Edit > Find (or press Command-F).

  2. Select your search options, then enter your search criteria.

    For more information, see About Search Options.

    Figure. Find window showing search criteria options.
  3. Click Find All.

A list of found items is displayed in the Find Results window.

If necessary, you can restrict a search to the elements of the Find Results window. For more information, see Manipulating Items in the Find Results Window.

Searching for Unused Clips in Your Project

You can search for unused clips in your project.

To search for unused clips
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Open your project.

    • Make sure your project is the frontmost tab in the Browser.

  2. Choose Edit > Find (or press Command-F).

  3. Choose your project from the Search pop-up menu.

  4. Choose Unused Media from the For pop-up menu and deselect the “in selected sequences” checkbox to the right of the menu.

  5. Click Find All.

Figure. Find Results window showing the results of a search for unused clips.

Manipulating Items in the Find Results Window

When you do a search for multiple items, Final Cut Pro displays the list of found items in the Find Results window. The items displayed in the Find Results window are literally identical to the items in the Browser. They are not copies of found clips, but the clips themselves, shown in a new context. Selecting an item in the Find Results window also selects the item in the Browser.

By narrowing down all of the clips in your project to the results of your search, you can conveniently do things like:

  • Find all the clips that start with “Eiffel” and “Paris,” and then select all the found clips in the Find Results window and drag them into a new bin in the Browser.

  • Find all the clips from reel 002 and reel 002A, and then select the clips in the Find Results window and drag them to a bin in the Browser labeled “002.”

  • Find all the clips with the Good property deselected (in other words, bad takes), select the found clips in the Find Results window, and then remove those clips from the project.

The Find Results window works in much the same way as the Browser, and you can do many of the same operations:

  • Delete found items from a project.

  • Move or copy found items to another location in the Browser.

  • Sort and display found items.

  • Edit found items into a sequence.

  • Perform additional searches and combine the results.

  • Modify information in Browser columns for found clips.

For example, you can find all clips not used in your sequences (unused media) and set the Good column to No for all clips in the Find Results window. You could also assign the same label to all of the clips in the Find Results window.

To modify an item property for a group of found clips
  1. Perform a Find All search.

    See Searching for Items in the Browser.

  2. In the Find Results window, press Command-A to select all items in the window.

  3. Control-click in the column for the item property you want to modify, then choose a new option from the shortcut menu.

    Figure. Find Results window showing a submenu for selecting item properties.
To see where found items are in the Browser
  • Select the desired items in the Find Results window, then click Show in Browser.

    Figure. Find Results window showing an item selected and the Show in Browser button.
To delete found items
  • Select the desired items in the Find Results window, then click Remove from Project.

    Note: As with deleting any clips in the Browser, the media on your scratch disk is not deleted. Only the clips in the project file are removed. Removing multiple clips from a project via the Find Results window can be undone.

To search for items within the Find Results window
  1. With the Find Results window active, choose Edit > Find (or press Command-F).

  2. Enter your search criteria, then select search options.

    For more information, see About Search Options.

  3. Choose Add to Find Results from the Results pop-up menu.

  4. Click Find All.

The new results of your search replace the previous content in the Find Results window.

Using Custom Column Layouts in the Find Results Window

You can save and use custom column layouts in the Find Results window, just as you can in the Browser. Any custom column layouts created in the Browser also appear in the Find Results window, and vice versa. For more information, see Browser Basics.