Using Final Cut Pro X 10.4.5 (Macos Mojave 10.14), I notice that sometimes the timeline pointer is white, then red. With the timeline pointer I mean the point in the timeline where I've clicked, and where a vertical line appears. I don't know the proper name for it.

Anyway, when this line is white, skimming the timeline works. When it's red, skimming doesn't work. If I click on the film strip, selecting it, then the line goes to white and skimming does work again.

I don't know why the line goes red. I suppose I do something that changes this, but I have no idea what it is.

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Make sure you are not have Transform, Crop or Distort icon active under the player. This disables skimming until you deselect it.

  • Thank you, that was exactly the problem i was having. May 14, 2020 at 15:26

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