Listening to Audio While Trimming

When you play back the outgoing or incoming clip in the Trim Edit window (using the J, K, and L keys), you can choose which audio tracks you hear.

The following options are available in the Editing tab of the User Preferences window:

If both options are deselected, you hear any tracks with selected edits, but clip item linking is also taken into account. For example, if you select an edit point in V1, and the clip item is linked to audio clip items in A1 and A2, you hear tracks A1 and A2. However, if clip items in A1 and A2 are not linked to a clip item on V1, you won’t hear them.

Tip: In most situations, you should keep the Trim with Sequence Audio checkbox selected. If you want to hear only specific audio tracks while trimming, select Trim with Edit Selection Audio (Mute Others).

When you use the J, K, and L keys to play the outgoing or incoming clip, you may want to hear all of the audio tracks in your sequence, such as music, sound effects, and voiceover. This can be useful if you are listening for a particular audio cue to determine when to make a cut.

To listen to all sequence audio tracks while using the J, K, and L keys in the Trim Edit window
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > User Preferences, then click the Editing tab.

  2. Select the Trim with Sequence Audio checkbox.

  3. Select edit points in the Timeline and double-click them to open the Trim Edit window.

  4. Move the pointer over the side of the Trim Edit window whose clip you want to play back, then use the J, K, and L keys to play back the incoming or outgoing clip.

To hear only the selected audio tracks in the Timeline while using the J, K, and L keys in the Trim Edit window
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > User Preferences, then click the Editing tab.

  2. Select the Trim with Edit Selection Audio (Mute Others) checkbox.

    Important: Make sure the Trim with Sequence Audio checkbox is also selected.

  3. Select edit points in the Timeline and double-click them to open the Trim Edit window.

  4. Move the pointer over the side of the Trim Edit window whose clip you want to play back, then use the J, K, and L keys to play back the incoming or outgoing clip.

Note: When you are working with multiple edit points in the Timeline, selecting an audio track from the Track pop-up menu allows you to listen to only that audio track during playback on either side of the Trim Edit window.

Figure. Track pop-up menu in the Trim Edit window.