Figure 10.97 Select the clip whose
attributes you want to copy; then press
Figure 10.98 Selecting audio levels in
the Paste Attributes dialog box.
Copying and pasting
A clip’s attributes comprise the settings applied
to a particular media file in Final Cut Pro.
You can paste all the attributes of one clip
onto another clip, or you can select and paste
some of a clip’s settings onto another clip
without affecting other attributes. For exam-
ple, you can apply just the filter settings
from clip A to clip B without changing the
video frames of clip B. Conversely, you can
replace the video frames of clip B without
disturbing the filters that have been applied
to it by pasting only the video frames from
another clip. If you just paste into a sequence
without selecting a clip in the Timeline or
the Canvas, the clip’s media contents and
selected attributes are included.
The Remove Attributes command is an easy
way to strip selected settings from a clip or
to remove selected settings from multiple
clips in a single operation.
To paste the attributes of a copied clip
into another clip:
In the Timeline or the Browser, select a
clip whose attributes you want to copy
(Figure 10.97); then press Command-C
to copy it to the clipboard.
Select the clip that will inherit the
attributes; then choose Edit > Paste
Attributes; or press Option-V.
In the Paste Attributes dialog box, select
the attributes that you want to transfer
to the selected clip (Figure 10.98).
Scale Attribute Times: Check this
box to adjust the timing of the incom-
ing keyframes to fit the duration of
the clip inheriting the attributes. If
this option is not selected, leftover
keyframes will be cropped off the end.
Working with Items in the Timeline
Pasting audio levels can be a quick way
to add an audio element—say, another
sound effects track—to a scene you have
already mixed. You can “borrow” the mix
levels from a track that has already been
adjusted to match action and paste those
levels onto your new effects track. You
can apply the same idea to video com-
positing: Paste the motion path from one
video layer to another that you want to
track the same path; or, paste and then
offset the timing of the motion path.