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Chapter 4. Managing Clips > Duplicating and Copying Source Clips

Duplicating and Copying Source Clips

You can duplicate any item in the Media window. A duplicate item appears alongside the original, with Copy appended to its name.

Alternatively, you can use the cut, copy, and paste commands. This method is useful when you want to replicate a clip in a different folder. A pasted clip uses the same name as the original.

To duplicate clips:

Select one or more clips.

Choose Edit > Duplicate (Figure 4.44).

Figure 4.44. Choose Edit > Duplicate.

A duplicate clip appears in the Media window. It uses the name of the source clip with the word Copy appended to it (Figure 4.45).

Figure 4.45. The duplicate uses the same name with Copy appended to it.

To copy and paste clips:

Select one or more clips (Figure 4.46).

Figure 4.46. Select one or more clips in the Media window.

Do either of the following:

  • Choose Edit > Cut.

  • Choose Edit > Copy (Figure 4.47).

    Figure 4.47. Choose Edit > Copy.

View the destination in the main clip area of the Media window.

If necessary, open the destination folder.

Choose Edit > Paste (Figure 4.48).

Figure 4.48. Navigate to a destination in the Media window, and choose Edit > Paste.

A duplicate of the clip appears in the selected destination. The clip uses exactly the same name as the original (Figure 4.49).

Figure 4.49. The pasted item uses the same name as the original.

Using Duplicate Clips

In most cases, there’s no need to copy a clip; you can add the same clip to any sequence again and again (changing its starting point and ending point each time, if you want). However, on some occasions, you may want the same clip listed more than once. For example, you might want to interpret each copy of a clip differently, such as ignoring the alpha channel for one and not the other (see “Interpreting Footage,” later in this chapter). More commonly, you might make a copy for organizational purposes. For example, you could copy a lengthy clip to make it easier to work with. This way, you could give each copy its own name and keep them cued to the appropriate section. In addition, copies let you use parts of the same clip more than once in the Media window, which could facilitate creating a storyboard and adding clips to the timeline all at once or by using the Create Slideshow command (see Chapter 5).

Although you might think of clip copies as subclips, they’re full-fledged clips in their own right. Remember, each clip in the Media window refers to a media file. A duplicate clip refers to the same media file; it isn’t dependent on another clip. So, deleting one copy of a clip has no effect on other copies. (But, of course, deleting a source clip does delete any instance of that clip in the timeline.) In addition, clip copies access the same full range of source media; you can’t limit them to a shorter segment.

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