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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 Project 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 bin. A pasted clip uses the same name as the original.

To duplicate clips

Select one or more clips.

Choose Edit > Duplicate (Figure 4.48).

Figure 4.48. Choose Edit > Duplicate.

A duplicate clip appears in the Project window. It uses the name of the source clip with the word Copy appended to it (Figure 4.49).

Figure 4.49. The duplicate uses the same name with Copy appended to it.

To copy and paste clips

Select one or more clips (Figure 4.50).

Figure 4.50. Select the clips you want to copy.

Do one of the following:

  • Choose Edit > Cut.

  • Choose Edit > Copy (Figure 4.51).

    Figure 4.51. Choose Edit > Copy.

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

If necessary, open the destination bin.

Choose Edit > Paste (Figure 4.52).

Figure 4.52. Navigate to a destination in the Project 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 4.53).

Figure 4.53. The pasted item uses the same name as the original.

Duplicate Clips and Subclips

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 In point and Out point each time, if you want). However, on some occasions you may want the same clip listed more than once. For example, you may want to interpret each copy of a clip differently, for instance ignoring the alpha channel for one and not the other (see “Interpreting Footage” later in this chapter). More commonly, you may want to make a copy for organizational purposes. For example, you might copy a long clip to make it easier to work with. Then you can give each copy its own name and keep them each cued to the appropriate section. In addition, copies let you use parts of the same clip more than once in a storyboard (see “Storyboard Editing” in Chapter 6).

Although you might think of clip copies as subclips, they are really full-fledged clips in their own right. Remember that each clip in the Project 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 a sequence.) In addition, clip copies access the same full range of source media; you can't limit a copy to a shorter segment.

If you really need subclips, you can edit a clip in a sequence, export the pieces as new media files, and then import each one as a clip. Otherwise, you can use the Project Manager discussed at the end of this chapter to trim all of the used media in the project, creating subclips from each section of the original footage.

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