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Chapter 11. Adding Effects > Copying and Pasting Effects

Copying and Pasting Effects

If you spend a lot of time tweaking an effect, you might flinch at the prospect of doing it all over again for another clip or, worse, a lot of clips. Fortunately, you can duplicate even a complex effect by copying it from one clip and pasting it to another. The Paste Attributes command works not only for effects, but also for any combination of fade controls, transparency settings, and motion settings.

To copy effects from one clip to another:

1.
In the timeline, select a clip containing the effects you want to copy (Figure 11.54).

Figure 11.54. Select a clip containing effects (or fade, transparency, or motion settings), and press Command-C (Mac) or Control-C (Windows).


You can also copy any combination of its fade control keyframes, transparency settings, and motion settings.

2.
Choose Edit > Copy or press - (Mac) or - (Windows).

3.
Select the clip to which you want to paste the copied effects.

4.
Choose Edit > Paste Attributes (Figure 11.55).

Figure 11.55. Select the clip into which you want to paste the copied effects, and choose Edit > Paste Attributes.


The Paste Attributes dialog box appears.

5.
Select the Settings radio button, and check those attributes of the copied clip you want to paste to the selected clip (Figure 11.56).

Figure 11.56. In the Paste Attributes dialog box, select the Settings radio button, and check those attributes you want to paste into the selected clip.


Check Filters to paste effects to the selected clip.

6.
Click OK to close the dialog box and paste the attributes.

The selected clip contains the pasted attributes. In this example, the Gaussian Blur effect, including keyframes, has been pasted into the second clip (Figure 11.57).

Figure 11.57. The attributes you selected are pasted into the clip, including effect keyframes.



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