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Apple Final Cut Pro: Understanding the Patch Panel in Final Cut Pro

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Basic Skills

Ever wonder what these little symbols mean on the left side of your Timeline in Final Cut Pro? It’s called the Timeline Patch Panel, and what it does is it determines which elements from the clip in the Viewer edit to the Timeline. The Patch Panel lets you edit video-only or audio-only into the Timeline and it lets you determine the tracks to which you edit a clip. But it only works when editing clips using the functions such as Insert or Overwrite and dragging them into the Canvas. If you drag a clip directly into the Timeline, you can override the Patch Panel.

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