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Copying and Pasting Attributes

As you have seen, it's easy to copy and paste entire clips from one location to another in FCP. You can also copy transitions and paste them to another edit point. But with FCP you can also paste specific video or audio attributes from one clip to another. Avid does not have the ability to copy and paste attributes.

Figure 26 FCP attribute options on a contextual menu.


What Is a Clip Attribute?

Anything that you do to a clip to change it—such as applying an audio or video filter, changing its speed, cropping it, rotating it, or turning it blue—is considered an attribute of the clip. When you copy a clip, its attributes are copied along with it.

You might want to use some or all of those attributes on other clips. That's where the Paste Attributes function comes in.

To paste clip attributes:

Figure 27 FCP attribute options on a contextual menu.


  1. Copy the clip that has the attributes you want to use (CMD+C).

  2. Do one of the following:

    • CTRL+click the clip you want to paste those attributes to.

    • Select a clip and press OPTION+V.

    A Paste Attributes window appears with a list of all the attributes that can be pasted.

  3. Select the check box beside each attribute you want to paste.

  4. Click OK.

To paste attributes into more than one clip, select the clips and paste as in the preceding steps. You can also remove attributes by selecting Remove Attributes from the clip contextual menu.

When you paste attributes into a clip, you will be adding the copied filters to whatever filters already exist in that clip. Speed and motion attributes will completely replace any other speed or motion attributes.

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