Daily Archives: July 23, 2008

How to Add a Blank Line in WordPress

I don’t know if it is a problem with my current theme, or what else caused it, but there is no blank line after an unordered list and a following paragraph that makes it look like the following line belongs to the list like so:

  • item 1
  • item 2

Not part of the list.

The quickest and easiest solution (I read about it here) seems to be to hit the code-button twice in a row like so : < code > < /code > (without the spaces). This results in the desired layout:

  • item 1
  • item 2

Not part of the list.

Final Cut: Understanding What’s Currently Selected

Here’s another quote of important concepts from the user manual (pp. 387 ff.):

Even if there are no clips highlighted, Final Cut Express usually considers something in the Timeline to be selected. This occurs in two situations:

  • If no clips are highlighted and there are no In or Out points set, clips under the current position of the playhead are considered selected for many commands. For example, if you choose a filter from the Effects menu, it is applied to any clips under the playhead, even if nothing in the Timeline appears to be selected. This makes editing faster because you don’t always need to explicitly select a clip to affect it.
  • If sequence In and Out points are set and no clips are selected, any content between the In and Out points is selected on all tracks with Auto Select enabled. The selected area is highlighted.

With the exception of editing clips into a sequence, operations in the Timeline are prioritized in the following way:

  • If clips are selected, any operations you perform affect those clips.
  • If no clips are selected, content between In and Out points on tracks with Auto Select enabled is considered selected.
  • If no In and Out points are set, the clips under the playhead on tracks with Auto Select enabled are considered selected for many commands.
  • Note: Some commands operate on the topmost video clip items, regardless of which tracks’ Auto Select controls are enabled. The topmost clip items are the ones you see in the Canvas, and so those are often the items you want to operate on.

Final Cut: Keyboard Shortcuts for Dragging in the Timeline

The following tips come directly from the FCE 4.0 user manual (p. 410 & 413). These are keyboard shortcuts for arranging clips in the time line.

Using the Command Key to Drag More Slowly
When you’re dragging clips, edit points, or keyframes, usually the default one-to-one correspondence between the motion of your mouse and the motion of the item you’re dragging works just fine. However, you can drag even more precisely by pressing the Command key to slow, or “gear down,” the dragging speed after you’ve started dragging.

For example, holding down the Command key after you’ve started dragging a clip causes the motion of that clip in the Timeline to be much slower and more precise. This can be helpful if the Timeline is zoomed out so that individual clips look small. It’s also useful if you want to make very small changes to an edit point, a keyframe parameter, a volume level, or anything else. You can use the Command key to modify nearly any dragging operation in Final Cut Express.

Modifying Selections and Commands Using the Option Key
When you’re working with clips in the Timeline, you can use the Option key to do one of three things:

  • Hold down the Option key while you select a clip to temporarily turn off linked selection (if it’s on) or turn it on (if it’s off ).
  • Hold down the Option key after an item is selected, then drag the item from its original position to make a duplicate of that item.
  • Hold down the Option key after you’ve started dragging a clip and hold it down as you release the mouse button to perform an insert or shuffle edit (depending on where you drag the clip in the Timeline). For more information, see “Moving Items Within the Timeline” on page 407.

Note: If you use the Option key to modify a command and don’t see the results you wanted, you probably held down the Option key too long or at the wrong time. In some cases, you need to remember to release the Option key once you have achieved the result you want. For example, you may hold down the Option key while dragging a clip to duplicate it. Once you begin dragging the clip, however, Final Cut Express already intends to duplicate the clip, and now the Option key tells Final Cut Express to perform an insert edit. If you prefer to do an overwrite edit, you need to release the Option key.

Another situation is when you intend to duplicate a clip by pressing the Option key, but you instead turn off linked selection and only select one clip item. To avoid this, you need to select the clip first, release the mouse button, and then press the Option key before dragging it to duplicate it.