Copy effects and attributes between clips

Final Cut Pro offers two ways to copy effects between clips. The Paste Attributes command lets you copy selected clip attributes to another clip and provides more control over individual effects, settings, and keyframes. The Paste Effects command lets you copy all of a clip’s effects to another clip and is the fastest way to copy effects and attributes.

You can also copy and paste individual keyframes from one parameter to another. See Copy and paste keyframes.

Copy selected clip attributes to another clip

You can copy a clip’s attributes, such as settings and effects, from one clip to another. For example, you can copy video crop settings, audio pan settings, or any effects you’ve added to a clip, including any keyframe adjustments.

The Paste Attributes feature allows you to select which clip attributes you want to apply.

  1. Select a clip in the Timeline, and choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C).

  2. Select the clip or clips to which you want to apply the attributes, and choose Edit > Paste Attributes (or press Shift-Command-V).

  3. Do any of the following:

    • To apply all video or all audio attributes from the source clip: Select the Video Attributes or Audio Attributes checkbox.

    • To apply individual attributes: Select the checkbox or checkboxes for each attribute you want to apply.

    Paste Attributes window
  4. If you made any keyframe adjustments to the source clip, choose either Maintain Timing or Stretch to Fit from the Keyframes pop-up menu. If you choose Stretch to Fit, Final Cut Pro adjusts the keyframes in time to match the duration of the destination clip.

  5. Click Paste.

Copy all of a clip’s effects to another clip

  1. In the Timeline, select the clip you want to copy the effects from, and choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C).

  2. Select the clip or clips to which you want to apply the effects, and choose Edit > Paste Effects (or press Option-Command-V).

All the source clip’s effects and their settings are applied to the destination clip. For more control over individual attributes, follow the instructions in “Copy selected clip attributes to another clip,” above.