Unfortunately a copy - paste routine, merely pastes it at the current playhead position as you correctly point out.
What I want to do is paste it at the same start time as it held in original sequence.
In other words, in Sequence A, the clip starts at 00:01:23. I want to copy and paste it to start at exactly 00:01:23 in the new sequence.
I know I could move the playhead to that position in the new sequence and then paste --- but when I'm doing this for multiple clips, it becomes a pain.
Select multiple clips from first sequence and copy them in one action, then paste them as one action into new sequence (ie. multiple clip copy and paste)
That way you only need to park the playhead once
I know I could move the playhead to that position in the new sequence and then paste
That is the only way to paste anything in exactly the same relative spot in any application, not just PP. You put the 'cursor' where you want the paste to go.
Graphics programs are spacial based (x, y, z) and editing applications are time based .(temporal)
You want a solution to a time issue for what you asked and thats not possible (currently) - make a feature request..
...so that leaves you with my original "solution" or maybe ...
duplicate the sequence and then delete what you dont want.
You can just make one good sequence and then import that sequence into the other sequences (if that makes sense). You don't have to change the playhead position in this case and can just paste at time 0. Then you can copy this and paste it into other sequences faster.
This will also build layers of sequences in your project and might help you in the future (like if you make changes later and want them to apply to all sequences). Its like building "Pre-compositions" in AE.
You could put 5 sec of bars at sequence time zero, and select this clip and the one you want. Then you could paste into the new sequence at zero and delete the bars when you have finished.
wow...so many terrific answers ...thx!
i like the idea of duping the sequence and deleting the unwanted...but the new sequence has a different FPS and i don't think one can retroactivly adjust those sequence settings.
so i think it has to be the multi-select approach. thx all.