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Remapping F9- f12 keys on Aluminum Keyboard for Final Cut Pro 6

2956 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 9, 2009 8:11 PM by Terry Smelker RSS
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I'm working through the Apple Pro Training book, "FCP 6: Professional Editing in Final Cut Studio 2", and one of the first things the book recommends is to remap the F9 thru F12 keys for FCP functions. However, I have the new Apple thin aluminum extended keyboard, and those keys are labeled as volume controls, and there doesn't seem to be any way to change them in System Preferences (on previous Apple keyboards, these would be mapped for Dashboard and Exposé). How can I go about this?
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  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,805 points)
    In System Preferences > Keyboard and Mouse > Keyboard, activate the checkbox for "Use all F1, F2, etc keys as standard function keys".

    In System Preferences > Exposé & Spaces > Exposé, deactivate Exposé by selecting - (minus) for All Windows, Application Windows and Show Desktop. If you still want to use F keys for Exposé, move them to be in the F13 - F19 range instead. Those keys are not used by FCP. Do the same for Dashboard.

    You can use the functions as marked on the buttons by pressing the fn key.
    Mac Pro 8 Core/Mini/3ACDs, Mac OS X (10.5.8), FCP forum elitist
  • Danny_boy Level 4 Level 4 (1,125 points)
    Is there a way to map the volume keys on the aluminum KB back to where they were on the white KB?
    Dual-Core 2.0 GHz PowerMac G5 w/ 3GB RAM; 2.16 GHz C2D MacBook w/ 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2x23" ACDs, 6x11 Wacom, BCF2000, Xenyx 802, FCA202, BX5As
  • David Mclaine Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)
    Terry,
    Do what Nick said and when you want to control your volume etc just press the Function (fn) key + your volume keys.
    DM
    Mac Pro 2 X 2.66 Ghz 4 Gig RAM, Powerbook G 4,La Cie 500gig,etc, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Final Cut Studio 2 FCP 6.0.6 And my little stick of Blackpool Rock
  • Danny_boy Level 4 Level 4 (1,125 points)
    Yes that works, but why were the keys moved in the first place? Why can't they be mapped back to where they were on the old keyboard? A desktop KB should act like a desktop KB and not a laptop KB. It's as simple as that. Forcing people to use the fn key is just plain annoying.
    Dual-Core 2.0 GHz PowerMac G5 w/ 3GB RAM; 2.16 GHz C2D MacBook w/ 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2x23" ACDs, 6x11 Wacom, BCF2000, Xenyx 802, FCA202, BX5As

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