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Another little feature that saves SO much time is Copy/Paste Attributes. This allows us to copy a variety of effects from one clip to another clip (or group of clips) without copying all of them.
This long-time feature in Final Cut Pro 7 is now available in Final Cut Pro X.
Here’s how it works.
Apply as many effects, or Inspector settings, to a clip as you wish. In this case, I:
Select the clip that has the effects you want to copy and choose Edit > Copy (or type the well-known Command+C).
NOTE: You can only copy effects from one clip. If more than one clip is selected, the effects are copied from the first clip.
Select the clip, or group of clips, to which you want to paste the effects.
Select Edit > Paste Attributes.
The Paste Attributes dialog opens. On the left is an image of the clip and a list of all the effects – including individual filters – of the clip you copied.
On the right is an image of the clip to which you want to apply effects.
NOTE: If more than one clip is selected, the image at the top is replaced by a group icon showing the number of selected clips.
Notice this menu at the bottom> If you don’t have keyframes applied to any effect, you can ignore this. If you DO have keyframes applied, this determines what happens to them.
Maintain Timing. With this setting, keyframe positions are not changed, they are copied to match the new clip with the old.
Stretch to Fit. Here, keyframe positions are adjusted based on the differences in duration between the original clip and the new clip. If the new clip’s duration is shorter than the original clip, keyframe positions are moved closer together, proportional to the difference in duration. If the new clip is longer, keyframes are moved farther apart.
This is similar to the keyframe checkbox in FCP 7 for Paste Attributes, and I am very pleased that Apple retained it.
In this case, I am not using keyframes, so I can leave this popup menu at its default setting.
On the left, check all the effects you want to transfer to the selected clips. Unlike FCP 7, we are now able to paste specific filters, as well as all the other Inspector settings. In this case, I’m copying:
When you have selected everything you want to copy, click OK.
NOTE: Unlike FCP 7, we are not able to paste the content of the old clip into the new clip.
Instantly, all the new clips inherit the effects you copied from the old clip. This is SUCH a useful tool, I am glad to see it back.
NOTE: If you want to copy all the effects from one clip to another clip (or group of clips) it is faster to use Edit > Paste Effects.
SECOND NOTE: While there is no way to remove all effects applied to a clip, here’s a quick workaround to reset all the Inspector settings for a clip:
- Copy a clip that has no effects associated with it.
- Select the clip with the Inspector settings you want to reset.
- Select Edit > Paste Effects.
- All Inspector settings are reset to default.
- Now, simply open the clip in the Inspector and remove the effects you added from the Effects Browser by selecting the effect name and pressing Delete.
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