This article was sparked by a conversation with Jeffrey Lyness about how to move clips between projects.
This is the collection of clips we want to paste into a different project — let’s pretend we want to share these clips with multiple projects. This project contains several video clips, a video clip that’s a hold frame (freeze frame), and a connected audio clip. The easiest way to move a clip, or a group of clips, between projects is to use copy and paste.
NOTE: We could also convert this to a compound clip, which is the subject of a different article.
Specifically, select the clip, or clips, you want to copy, and type Command+C (or, you can choose Edit > Copy).
Then, open the project you want to copy the clips into.
Position the playhead exactly where you want the clips to paste and type Command+V (or, Edit > Paste).
The clips will always paste at the position of the playhead, however, depending upon the position of the playhead, one of several things will happen:
For instance, in the screen shot above, the playhead marks where the paste was made. The Primary Storyline clip, indicated with a yellow border, was sliced and moved to the right of the inserted clips. However, the two connected clips, indicated by the red arrows, were not touched, instead, they now overlap the newly-inserted clips.
We also have a new option: Edit > Paste as Connected Clip. This pastes the contents of the clipboard as a series of connected clips, starting at the position of the playhead. (If necessary, this will create a gap in the Primary Storyline to make sure all clips are connected (indicated by the red box).
Not only can you move clips from one part of a project to another, or from one project to a second project, you can also copy and paste clips from the Event Browser into the Timeline. However, you can’t copy clips from the Timeline and paste them into the Event Browser.
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