So here I am, all set to do a tutorial on all the fine uses of the OPTION KEY in FCP…because this key really does a lot…when I come across this old tip from Ken Stone dot net.

The Option Key in FCP 4.

Yup…FCP 4! And ALL of those tips are still VERY relevant. Only I think he left one out. If you press OPT-P when you are parked on an unrendered section of your timeline, it will play forward as fast as it can…like a RAM PREVIEW. Only without audio. So at least you can get a quick look at what your effect will look like.

Well darn it all, there goes that tutorial. But HEY…there already IS one…so read it. GREAT tips, huge time saver.