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Chapter 6. Editing in the Timeline > Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Clips

Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Clips

As you would expect of any computer program, Adobe Premiere uses copy and paste functions. You might be pleasantly surprised by Premiere’s powerful paste commands. In this section, you’ll learn how to copy and paste the contents of a clip. Later chapters discuss how you can use the same command to copy the settings used by one clip and paste them into another clip.

To use the Paste to Fit command:

1.
Select a clip in the timeline, or load it into the source view or a clip window (Figure 6.78).

Figure 6.78. Select a clip in the timeline, and choose Command-C (Mac) or Control-C (Windows) to copy it.


Set in and out points, if you want.

2.
Choose one of the following:

Edit > Copy— or - (Mac) or - (Windows) to copy the selected clip and leave the original in the timeline.

Edit > Cut— or - (Mac) or - (Windows) to copy the selected clip and remove the original from the timeline.

3.
Select an empty segment in a track of the timeline (Figure 6.79).

Figure 6.79. Select an empty segment in a track of the timeline.


4.
Choose Edit > Paste to Fit (Figure 6.80).

Figure 6.80. Choose Edit > Paste to Fit.


The Fit Clip dialog box appears.

5.
Choose an option (Figure 6.81):

Figure 6.81. Choose an option in the Fit Clip dialog box.


Change Speed— changes the speed of the source clip to fit the specified duration in the program. Only the speed changes; the in and out points stay the same. If the source clip is pasted into a longer gap, the clip’s speed is decreased, making its duration long enough to fit in the range defined by the program in and out points. If the source clip is longer than the gap, its speed increases, so that its duration matches the program duration.

Trim Source— changes the source out point to fit the specified duration in the program. The in point and the speed of the clip are unaffected. (In other words, this option ignores the source out point and works like a three-point edit.)

Cancel— stops the edit and makes no changes to the program.

Premiere fits the clip into the specified space in the program, according to your selection (Figure 6.82).

Figure 6.82. Premiere fits the clip into the specified space in the program, according to your selection.



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