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Lesson 15. Adding Titles and Graphics > Using an External Editor

Using an External Editor

An external editor is a separate program that you can use to modify your files as you edit. Final Cut Pro includes a link to external editors for three types of files: still image files, video files, and audio files. The beauty of linking to other programs in this way is that you can modify a file in its originating program, and Final Cut Pro will automatically update your clip with the changes you made in the other program. There is no need to re-import the clip.

1.
Choose Final Cut Pro > System Settings, and click the External Editors tab.

2.
To set an external editing application for any of the listed file types, click the Set button, and navigate to the location of that application on your hard drive. Click OK.

3.
In the Timeline, Ctrl-click the Logo FLAT.jpg file at the head of the sequence.

To make changes to this clip in your own external graphic editor, you can choose Open In Editor from the shortcut menu to launch that application and edit this file. Any saved changes will appear in the sequence.

4.
In the Timeline, Ctrl-click the Logo LAYERS.psd clip toward the end of the sequence. In the shortcut menu, choose Send To.

You can also send a file to other Apple applications to make changes.


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