Selecting Individual Clip Items While They Are Linked

Even when clip items are linked together, you may want to perform an action on only a video or audio clip item. For example, you may want to copy just the audio, or delete just the video. The Linked Selection option tells Final Cut Pro whether linked items are selected together, or if clip items can be individually selected even when they are linked to other items.

Figure. Timeline window showing a selected video item that has been unlinked from corresponding audio items, and the Linked Selection button dimmed.

You can turn linked selection on or off at any time.

To turn linked selection on or off
Do one of the following:
  • Press Shift-L.

  • Click the Linked Selection button in the upper-right corner of the Timeline.

Even if linked selection is on, you can temporarily disable it by holding down the Option key while you select or edit a clip item. For example, if linked selection is turned on, but you press the Option key while you click the video item of a linked clip, only the video is selected.

To temporarily turn linked selection off while working in the Timeline
Do one of the following:
  • Hold down the Option key while selecting individual clip items.

  • Hold down the Option key while using the Slip, Slide, Ripple, Roll, and other tools.

When linked selection is off, holding down the Option key temporarily turns it on.