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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #35

Copying and Pasting clips in FCP HD By Stephen Schleicher

One of the new features in Final Cut Pro HD is how it handles the copying and pasting of clips in the Timeline.  This Quick Tip walks you through the changes.

The big change isnt that big, but might be one that causes you a bit of frustration.  In Final Cut Pro HD, clips that are copied and pasted appear in the same track unless you tell Final Cut Pro HD to use a different track.

To copy and past clips within the Timeline:

Step 1:  Select your clip(s) in the Timeline

Step 2:  Press Command+C on your keyboard to copy the clip(s).

Step 3:  Press Command+V on your keyboard to paste the clip(s) into the same track.

In order to copy and paste clips from one track in the Timeline to another, you use the Option key.

Step 1:  Select your clip(s) in the Timeline

Step 2:  Press Command+C on your keyboard to copy the clip(s).

Step 3:  Option+click the Auto Select the track you want to paste to.

Step 4:  Command+V on your keyboard to paste the clip(s) into the same track.

So what is Auto Select?  Enabling the Auto Select controls of a track allows you to select those tracks just like you would if you were using the Range Selection Tool.  By having an Auto Select control enabled you end up having more control over your ability to cut, copy, paste, and delete clips in the Timeline.

Lets say, for example, that you have a Timeline that contains video on tracks 1 and 2, and audio tracks 1, 2, 3, 4. 

By turning off Auto Select for the all of the audio tracks, and track 2 of video, you can use your In and Out point keyboard shortcuts to mark a range you want to work on.

You can then delete that selection without disturbing the other tracks in your Timeline.

By using Option+click when selecting the Auto Select icon (as mentioned above), you are essentially turning off all of the other Auto Select controls in the Timeline. 

Hopefully this Final Cut Pro HD Quick Tip helps you increase your editing productivity.

For a complete list of all of my Final Cut Pro Quick Tips, visit my website at www.mindspring.com/~schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at schleicher@mindspring.com

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