Finding and Selecting Based on Search Criteria

In a large sequence you may want to locate a clip in the Timeline with a particular name, timecode number, or marker text, but it would take a lot of effort to find it by visually scrolling and scanning. Final Cut Pro can search your sequence for you and select clips that meet your criteria. You can search for individual items that meet the criteria, or select all matching items at once.

To search for clip names, marker names, marker comments, or timecode numbers in a sequence
  1. Open a sequence in the Timeline.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To search for individual occurrences of an item starting at the beginning of a sequence: Press Home to position the playhead at the start of the sequence.

      Note: On a portable computer, hold down the Function (Fn) and Left Arrow keys to position the playhead at the start of the sequence.

    • To search for individual occurrences of an item after a certain point in the Timeline: Position the playhead where you want to start the search.
    • To find an item everywhere it appears in the sequence: Place the playhead anywhere in the Timeline; in this case, you use the Find All option, so it doesn’t matter where the playhead is positioned.
    • To search a selected portion of a sequence: Set sequence In and Out points (see step 6).
  3. Choose Edit > Find (or press Command-F).

  4. Enter the text or timecode number you want to search for.

    Figure. Find dialog showing the Find field for entering text and additional search options.
  5. Choose the type of item to search for from the Search pop-up menu.

    Figure. Search pop-up menu showing the Names/Markers command.
    • Names/Markers: Search for the text in clip names, marker names, and marker comments.
    • Timecode: Search for any source or auxiliary timecode in a clip.
  6. Choose which tracks to search from the Where pop-up menu.

    • All Tracks: Search all tracks in the sequence.
    • Auto Select Tracks: Search only tracks with Auto Select turned on.
    • From In to Out: Search between the sequence In and Out points on all tracks.
  7. To search, do one of the following:

    • Click Find to find the item.

      Final Cut Pro finds the first item that matches the selected criteria from the current position of the playhead to the end of the sequence. It does not find clips that begin before the position of the playhead, nor does it wrap around to the beginning of the sequence. If a clip name is matched, the clip is selected.

    • Click Find All to find all clip items that match the search criteria.

All clip items that are found are selected in the Timeline. When a marker is found, the playhead is positioned at the nearest marker after the playhead.

To cycle through items in the Timeline that match the search criteria
  • Follow the steps above, then choose Edit > Find Next (or press Command-G or F3).

To search for an item backward from the position of the playhead
  • Follow the steps above, then press Shift-F3.