7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2010 11:30 AM by the_wine_snob RSS

    Fast way to duplicate items on the timeline

    mcprovideo Community Member

      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.

        • 1. Re: Fast way to duplicate items on the timeline
          Colin Brougham Community Member

          Nope.

           

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

          • 2. Re: Fast way to duplicate items on the timeline
            Billy Payn Community Member

            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.

            • 3. Re: Fast way to duplicate items on the timeline
              Billy Payn Community Member

              By the way, cut and paste works fine too -

              • 4. Re: Fast way to duplicate items on the timeline
                the_wine_snob CommunityMVP

                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.

                 

                Hunt

                • 5. Re: Fast way to duplicate items on the timeline
                  mcprovideo Community Member

                       Hello and Thanks for taking the time to take a look at my question.  The reason why Cut and Paste would not work for me is because C&P would always want to be pasted to the same track unless I manualy change the track.  Keystrokes would not be the best choice on this particular case as I would have to change the target track every time I'm going to paste.

                   

                       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.  Yes I know that Photoshop and PPro are two different products but you can make the case that a track in a timeline could be compared to a layer in Photoshop.

                  • 6. Re: Fast way to duplicate items on the timeline
                    shooternz Community Member

                    Get used to targeting tracks.

                     

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

                    • 7. Re: Fast way to duplicate items on the timeline
                      the_wine_snob CommunityMVP
                      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,

                       

                      Hunt