Playhead Controls in the Canvas

The Canvas provides a number of controls for moving the playhead in a sequence quickly and easily.

Figure. Playhead controls in the Canvas window.

Playhead and Scrubber Bar in the Canvas

The playhead shows the location of the currently displayed frame within the current sequence. The scrubber bar runs along the entire width of the Canvas, below the video image. To scrub through a sequence, drag the playhead across the scrubber bar. You can click anywhere in the scrubber bar to instantly move the playhead to that location.

The playhead’s movement in the scrubber bar is affected by whether “snapping” is turned on. When snapping is on, the playhead “snaps,” or moves directly, to any markers, In points, or Out points in the scrubber bar when it gets close to them. (To turn snapping on or off, choose View > Snapping, or press the N key.)

To move the playhead to the beginning of your sequence
  • Press Home on your keyboard.

To move the playhead to the end of your sequence
  • Press End on your keyboard.

To move the playhead to the next edit point
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Mark > Next > Edit (or press Shift-E).

  • Click the Go to Next Edit button.

  • Press the Down Arrow key.

Final Cut Pro looks for the next edit, In point, or Out point. If overlays are turned on in the View menu, an L-shaped icon appears in the Canvas, indicating whether you are on an In or Out point.

To move the playhead to the previous edit point
Do one of the following:
  • Choose Mark > Previous > Edit (or press Option-E).

  • Click the Go to Previous Edit button.

  • Press the Up Arrow key.

Final Cut Pro looks for the previous edit, In point, or Out point. If overlays are turned on in the View menu, an L-shaped icon appears in the Canvas, indicating whether you are on an In or Out point.

To move the playhead to sequence markers
Do one of the following:
  • Control-click in the Current Timecode field in either the Timeline or the Canvas, then choose a marker from the shortcut menu.

  • Press Shift–Down Arrow to move to the next marker to the right of the playhead.

  • Press Shift–Up Arrow to move to the next marker to the left of the playhead.

The playhead moves to that marker. If overlays are turned on in the View menu, the marker is displayed in the Canvas. For more information on setting markers in the Timeline, see Using Markers.

Jog Control in the Canvas

To move forward or backward in your sequence very precisely, use the jog control. The jog control allows you to move the playhead in the Canvas as if you were actually moving it with your hand, with a one-to-one correspondence between the motion of your mouse and the playhead’s motion. This control is useful for carefully locating a specific frame (for instance, if you’re trimming an edit).

Shuttle Control in the Canvas

This control lets you quickly play through sequences at different speeds, in fast and slow motion. It also shifts the pitch of audio as it plays at varying speeds. In slow motion, this can make it easier to locate specific words and sounds for editing.

Drag the slider to the right to fast-forward and to the left to rewind. Playback speed varies depending on the distance of the slider from the center of the control. When the slider is green, playback speed is normal (or 100 percent speed). The further away from the center you move, the faster the playback speed. The keyboard equivalents of the shuttle control are the J, K, and L keys. For more information, see Shuttling Through a Clip or Sequence.