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Fast way to duplicate items on the timeline

Jan 28, 2010 6:30 AM

Is there a fast way to duplicate items(Clips,Text,Images) on the timeline?  I'm thinking just like in Photoshop that you can simply select a layer and (Alt + Drag) to duplicate and place the new object into a new layer.  I would like to duplicate an item in the timeline but not necessarly place it on the same track all the time.  I have tried several combinations of Dragging the clip while holding different key combinations but all it does is actually moving the clip to the other track.

 

Please don't reply with the copying and pasting command.  Thanks.

 
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    Jan 28, 2010 6:36 AM   in reply to mcprovideo

    Nope.

     

    (Since you said not to reply with C&P...)

     
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    Jan 28, 2010 11:52 AM   in reply to mcprovideo

    Yes, there is a way, start a new timeline with the same settings as the footage you're working on, drag it into the preview window or the project window so you have two timelines open, select the slips you want to duplicate,  drag or control c and control v them on the new

    timeline, (I know what you said but this will work) they appear on the new timeline, now drag them back to the timeline you want them on - voila.

    I'm not sure this is good for the project, I was actually advised not to do this once, but have been doing it for years and it's always worked and not caused any problems.

    Works great as a dump as well.

     
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    Jan 28, 2010 12:00 PM   in reply to Billy Payn

    By the way, cut and paste works fine too -

     
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    Jan 29, 2010 7:36 AM   in reply to Colin Brougham

    I wonder why the aversion to C&P too. Unlike a PS image, what you have here are Tracks, and Clips (actually "instances" of Clips), and not Layers. Yes, they do sorta' look alike, but they are very, very different. PS keystrokes, like Ctrl+J (Duplicate Layer) do not work here, because of the differences.

     

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    Jan 29, 2010 10:14 AM   in reply to mcprovideo

    Get used to targeting tracks.

     

    Even in PS you have to select a layer that you want to "edit"

     
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    Jan 29, 2010 11:30 AM   in reply to mcprovideo
    I was simply hoping that there was such a feature just by dragging the clip on the timeline and making a copy of it just in Photoshop.

     

    OK, this might help. First, let's step back. What you have on the Timeline is an "instance" of the Clip from the Project Panel. You can have virtually unlimited instances of that Clip, and each can be exactly the same, or can be altered individually.

     

    Now, if you want say Clip A to also appear on another Track, you can Dbl-click on that Clip in the Project Panel to get it opened in the Source Monitor. From there, you can just drag to the new Track, or can alter the In & Out Points (Trimming) and drag to that new Track. There is also a Trim Monitor, that will do similar, but you would still need to Target the desired Track, to use keyboard shortcuts, so be advised.

     

    Good luck,

     

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