Replace a clip in your project with another clip

You can replace clips in your project with clips from the Browser, other Final Cut Pro media browsers, or the Finder. In contrast to overwrite edits, replacing works on whole Timeline clips only and can change the duration of your project.

Clip being replaced by another clip

Replace options include using the start or end of the source clip, retiming the source clip to fit the duration of the Timeline clip, as well as automatically creating or adding to auditions.

Replace a clip in the Timeline with one or more clips by dragging

  1. Do one of the following to make a source selection:

    • Select a clip or range in the Browser.

    • Select a media item in one of the Final Cut Pro media browsers or in the Finder.

  2. Drag the source selection over the clip in the Timeline you want to replace.

    The target clip in the Timeline is highlighted with a white outline.

    Clip being dragged over clip in Timeline to replace it
  3. Release the mouse button and choose an option from the shortcut menu:

    Replace option in shortcut menu in Timeline
    • Replace: The target clip is replaced with the source clip selection. The duration is determined by the duration of the source clip selection. If the source clip selection and the target clip have different durations, the subsequent clips ripple.

    • Replace from Start: The target clip is replaced with the source clip selection, starting from the beginning of the source selection. The duration is determined by the duration of the Timeline clip.

    • Replace from End: The target clip is replaced with the source clip selection, starting from the end of the source selection. The duration is determined by the duration of the Timeline clip.

    • Replace with Retime to Fit: The target clip is replaced with the entire source clip selection, retimed to fit the duration of the Timeline clip.

    • Replace and add to Audition: The target clip is replaced with an audition that has the source clip selection as the pick and the target clip as an alternate. The duration is determined by the source clip selection. If the source clip and the target clip have different durations, the subsequent clips ripple.

    • Add to Audition: The target clip is replaced with an audition that has the target clip as the pick and the source clip selection as an alternate.

    • Cancel: The replace edit is canceled.

The source clip selection appears in the Timeline, in place of the original clip.

Source clip selection appearing in Timeline after replacing original clip

Note: In the case of Replace from Start and Replace from End, if the source clip selection is a range selection with a shorter duration than that of the target clip and there is sufficient extra media, Final Cut Pro extends the duration of the source selection to match the target clip duration. The resulting storyline duration does not change.

Replace a clip in the Timeline using keyboard shortcuts

  1. In the Browser, select the source clip or range.

  2. In the Timeline, select the clip you want to replace.

    Note: This must be a whole clip selection, not a range selection. For more information, see About selections and filmstrips.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To perform a standard replace edit: Press Shift-R.

      The target clip is replaced with the source clip selection. The duration is determined by the duration of the source clip selection. If the source clip selection and the target clip have different durations, the subsequent clips ripple.

    • To perform a Replace from Start edit: Press Option-R.

      The target clip is replaced with the source clip, starting from the beginning of the source clip. The duration is determined by the duration of the Timeline clip.

      Note: In the case of Replace from Start, if the source clip selection is a range selection with a shorter duration than that of the target clip and there is sufficient extra media, Final Cut Pro extends the source selection to match the target clip duration. The resulting storyline duration does not change.

The source clip selection appears in the Timeline, in place of the original clip.