Copying, Pasting, Moving and Duplicating Filters

Filters can be easily copied, pasted, and moved like any other object in Motion. There are a number of ways you can move and copy filters among the other objects in the Timeline or Project pane. They can be pasted over other filters and moved across projects. When you cut or copy a filter in the Timeline or Project pane, you also copy the current state of all that filter’s parameters.

To cut or copy a filter
  1. Select the filter in the Layers tab or Timeline.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To remove a filter, choose Edit > Cut (or press Command-X).

    • To copy the filter, choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C).

To paste a filter
  1. Select the object to which you want to apply the filter.

  2. Choose Edit > Paste (or press Command-V).

    The filter is applied with all its parameter settings intact.

Note: Pasting a filter does not paste it at the current playhead location. To quickly move the filter to the playhead location, press the Shift key while you drag the pasted object. As you approach the current playhead location, it snaps into place.

To move a filter
  • Drag the filter from its current location to another layer to which you want to apply the filter.

    figure. Layers tab showing a filter being dragged to a new location.
To duplicate a filter
  • Option-drag the filter from its current location to the new object to which you want to apply the filter.

    Figure. Layers tab showing a filter being duplicated to another location.

    Note: You can also choose Edit > Duplicate (or press Command-D) to duplicate the filter.