Copying and Pasting Specific Clip Attributes

Clip attributes are all the parameter settings applied to a clip—for example, motion parameter settings, audio and video filters and their parameter settings, speed parameter settings, and so on. Copying and pasting selected clip attributes is a quick way to add nearly any attribute to other clips in an edited sequence. You can copy motion paths, frame cropping, and animated filter effects from one video clip to another.

Suppose you have just applied three filters and a speed setting to one clip, and you decide that you want exactly the same effects to be applied to several other clips in the sequence. Instead of re-creating each setting clip by clip, you can simply copy the first clip, select the other clips, and paste only the specific settings you want into all of them simultaneously.

When you copy a clip from the Timeline, you also copy all of its attributes. Instead of pasting duplicates of the clip you copied with all of its attributes, you can:

Warning: Pasting attributes between clips that have different frame rates will give you erratic results.

About the Paste Attributes Dialog

You select which attributes to paste by using the Paste Attributes dialog.

Figure. Paste Attributes dialog.

The following options are available in the Paste Attributes dialog.

Attributes from Master Shot
  • Scale Attribute Times: Repositions the keyframes of the copied clip’s attributes to fit the duration of longer or shorter clips you paste them into, maintaining the relative position of keyframes. For example, suppose you copy a 5-second clip with motion effect keyframes at the beginning, middle, and end. If you paste the motion attributes into a 10-second clip, the three keyframes will be placed at the beginning, the middle, and the end of the 10-second clip.
Video Attributes
  • Content: Pastes the video content of the copied clip. This replaces existing video, but not any other attributes. The copied content must have enough source material to match the length of the clip it’s pasted into.
  • Basic Motion: Applies the Basic Motion parameter values and keyframes from the clip you copied: Scale, Rotation, Center, and Anchor Point.
  • Crop: Applies the Crop parameter values and keyframes from the clip you copied: Left, Right, Top, Bottom, and Edge Feather.
  • Distort: Applies the Distort parameter values and keyframes from the clip you copied: Upper Left, Upper Right, Lower Right, Lower Left, and Aspect Ratio.
  • Opacity: Applies the Opacity parameter values and keyframes from the clip you copied.
  • Drop Shadow: Applies the Drop Shadow parameter values and keyframes from the clip you copied: Offset, Angle, Color, Softness, and Opacity.
  • Motion Blur: Applies the Motion Blur parameter values and keyframes from the clip you copied: % Blur and Samples.
  • Filters: Adds the parameter values and keyframes for all filters from the clip you copied. The pasted filters are added to any filters already existing in the clip to which you are pasting. Existing filters are left unchanged.

    For example, suppose that two clips, Clip A and Clip B, both have a Gaussian Blur filter applied. Clip A has a Radius parameter value of 100, and Clip B has a Radius parameter value of 13. If you copy Clip A and then paste its filter attributes onto Clip B, Clip B now has two Gaussian Blur filters applied. The first filter has a Radius parameter value of 13 (Clip B’s original Blur filter), and the second filter has a Radius parameter value of 100 (the filter from Clip A).

  • Speed: Applies the Speed parameter settings from the clip you copied.

    Note: Automatic sequence rippling resulting from speed changes is not available for Paste Attributes operations. For more information, see About the Change Speed Dialogs.

  • Clip Settings (capture): Pastes all the capture settings from the clip you copied (the capture settings are those in the Clip Settings tab in the Log and Capture window).

    Note: This option works only if the clip receiving the pasted parameters is offline.

Audio Attributes
  • Content: Pastes the audio content of the copied clip. This replaces existing audio, but not any other attributes. The copied content must have enough source material to match the length of the clip it’s pasted into.
  • Levels: Applies all audio level values and keyframes from the clip you copied.
  • Pan: Applies all stereo pan values and keyframes from the copied clip.
  • Filters: Adds all audio filter parameter values and keyframes from the clip you copied. This works identically to pasting video filters (see the description of how video filters are pasted, above).

Copying and Pasting Clip Attributes

When you paste clip attributes into other clips, the following rules apply:

  • All parameter settings in the Motion tab of the clip you paste attributes into are replaced.

  • The speed parameter settings of the clip you paste into are replaced.

  • Filters are added in addition to any filters already in the clip you paste into. (Existing filters are left unchanged.)

    Tip: If you plan to apply the same attributes again and again at different times, you may find it convenient to put a copy of the clip (with the attributes you want) in a designated bin or project tab in the Browser. That way you can easily locate the clip and copy and paste from it.

To paste the attributes of a copied clip into another clip
  1. In the Timeline, select a clip whose attributes you want to paste into another clip.

  2. Choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C) to copy the clip and its settings.

  3. Select a clip or clips to paste the settings into.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Edit > Paste Attributes (or press Option-V).

    • Control-click the clip or clips you’ve selected in the Timeline, then choose Paste Attributes from the shortcut menu.

  5. In the Paste Attributes dialog, select the attributes you want to apply to the selected clip or clips.

  6. If a clip you’re pasting the attributes into is longer than the clip you copied them from, you may also want to select the Scale Attribute Times checkbox to proportionally position all keyframes that you copied to fit the longer clip.

Removing Attributes from a Clip

If you ever want to remove particular attributes from a clip, such as motion parameter settings, filters, and so on, you can remove the attributes by using the Remove Attributes command. This is a convenient way to clear a lot of keyframes or filters at once.

To remove attributes from a clip
  1. In the Timeline, select one or more clips whose attributes you want to remove.

  2. Choose Edit > Remove Attributes.

  3. In the Remove Attributes dialog, select the checkbox next to each attribute you want to remove, then click OK.

    Figure. Remove Attributes dialog showing checkboxes available for all attributes that the selected clip has applied to it.

Reapplying the Most Recently Used Effect

Final Cut Pro remembers the last effect you applied so that you can immediately apply it again elsewhere in your sequence. If you are applying the same video filter, transition, or motion favorite over and over again, this can save you a lot of time.

Final Cut Pro remembers both the last effect of any category (video filter, transition, or motion favorite), as well as the last effect within each category.

To apply the most recently used effect
  • Choose Effects > Last - [Name of Effect].

To apply the most recently used video filter
  • Choose Effects > Video Filters > Last - [Name of Filter].

To apply the most recently used video transition
  • Choose Effects > Video Transitions > Last - [Name of Transition].

Applying Filters Across Multiple Tracks at Once

When working with multiple layers of video or audio in the Timeline, if you want to apply a filter to a clip or region on one track, you may want the filter to apply to the clips below and above it as well. You can make this happen automatically by first enabling Auto Select on all the tracks to which you want the filter applied.

Although you can also apply filters to multiple clips by selecting them and then dragging a filter from the Effects tab in the Browser, the Auto Select method has two advantages: you don’t have to select any clips, and you have the option of applying a filter to a region defined by In and Out points instead of whole clips.

To apply a filter across more than one track
  1. In the Timeline, enable Auto Select on all the tracks to which you want the filter to be applied.

    Figure. Timeline window showing the Auto Select controls.
  2. Do one of the following:

    • If you want the filter to apply to whole clips: Position the playhead over those clips.
    • If you want the filter to apply to a specific region rather than whole clips: Set In and Out points to define the region.

      Important: Make sure that no clips are selected, as the Auto Select feature doesn’t work if a clip is selected.

  3. Choose the filter from the Effects menu.