Playback and skimming overview

Final Cut Pro makes it easy to view and listen to your media, whether it’s located in the timeline or the browser.

You use two tools to preview and play back media in Final Cut Pro:

When skimming is turned on, you can skim to see what’s in other clips but still keep your playhead position in the timeline. If both the playhead and skimmer are present in the same clip, the skimmer becomes the default position for playback or editing.

When skimming is turned off or the skimmer is not present in a clip, the playhead assumes the default position.