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Benjamin Reichman
Managing multiple sets of FCP and OS X preferences
on Aug 27, 2010 at 4:32:00 pm

I'm starting my first job as assistant editor early next month, and I'll be using a Mac Pro in the production company's office. I'll be the primary user of the computer, but other editors will use the Mac on nights and weekends.

I have my own personal set of Final Cut keyboard shortcuts, window layouts, and button bars, and I'd like to use those preferences on this Mac, while still being able to easily reset the preferences to the defaults when I leave for the day. I've heard that Digital Rebellion's Preference Manager will do this. What do you think? Is that a good solution?

I also would like to have my own OS X keyboard and mouse settings. For example, the Mac Pro's function keys are currently set to turn up and down the volume, etc., but I want to reset the keyboard so that I can use F9 to insert, F10 to overwrite, etc. Also, the mouse is currently set not to allow right-clicking (instead you have to hold down the Ctrl key), and I'd like to change that.

So, in short, what's the easiest way to keep my own OS X mouse and keyboard settings and Final Cut keyboard shortcuts, window layouts, and button bars, without inconveniencing any of the other editors?


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John Fishback
Re: Managing multiple sets of FCP and OS X preferences
on Aug 27, 2010 at 5:32:20 pm

As far as F9, etc. try Cmd + F9, etc.

John

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Jon Chappell
Re: Managing multiple sets of FCP and OS X preferences
on Aug 27, 2010 at 11:40:03 pm

It seems to me that the easiest way of achieving this is for each editor to have their own user account.

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Benjamin Reichman
Re: Managing multiple sets of FCP and OS X preferences
on Sep 2, 2010 at 5:15:11 pm

Good tips. I doubt they would be comfortable creating a new user account (with all the potential for permissions problems, forgotten passwords, etc.) But I'll see what they think is best.


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