Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #61

fcpqt61picon.jpgCopy and Paste Attributes

The joy of multiclip editing in Final Cut Pro can quickly leave a sour taste in your mouth when it comes to color correcting one particular angle after you have performed a basic edit. On the one hand, you could drag and drop the color corrector effect over and over (and over) again until your mind is completely numb, or you can paste the filter across all of the clips in the timeline in mere moments.

If you have not read up on how to perform a multiclip edit in Final Cut Pro, you can read that Quick Tip here. Although this technique works with a multiclip edit, it isn ?t exclusive to that particular type of edit. It can be used in any project.

One other thing to note; if you are using this technique on a multiclip sequence, you do not need to collapse the multiclip first. This is great because it allows you to go back and make changes to the edit points or angle as you progress.

Step 1: Like any effect you apply, begin by double clicking the clip in the timeline to load it into the Viewer window.

Step 2: Apply the effect. For this Quick Tip, I ?ll be using the Color Corrector 3-Way effect. Take the time to tweak the effect to your liking; otherwise, you ?ll be doing this technique twice.

Step 3: In the Timeline, right-click on the clip you have just modified, and from the pop up menu select Copy.


Step 4: Now select every other instance of that camera angle in your Timeline by Command-clicking the clips.


Step 5: Right-click on one of the newly selected clips and select Paste Attributes.


Step 6: The Paste Attributes panel appears. From this panel, you can select exactly what you want to paste to the selected clips. In this example, select Filters from the check box list.


Now click OK.

If you scrub through the Timeline, you should see all the selected clips have changed.

The good thing about the Paste Attribute feature is you can paste complex motion paths, exact filters, audio effects and more with ease.

The main drawback is if you have to go back and make a correction to the color corrector, you will have to do these steps again to make the change. Because of this, it is a good idea to make sure you are satisfied with your color adjustments before pasting the filter throughout the Timeline.

Step 7: You can also remove attributes the same way. Right-click a clip in the Timeline, and select Remove Attributes. The window looks exactly the same as Paste Attributes, and you can select which items you wish to remove.


Again, there is one drawback. It would be great if you could specify exactly which filter(s) you wish to remove, but perhaps that will be addressed in Final Cut Pro 6.0.

Hopefully this solves the frustration many of you may be experiencing when you try to apply effects to multiple clips in your Final Cut Pro sequence.

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher is one of those guys that has always loved comics but never got into them until really late in life - like high school in the 80s. He just missed the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but has been around for every major crossover since. Stephen knows his way around video and film production having been a director, producer, editor, and motion graphics artist for projects ranging from small promotional pieces for Wachovia all the way up to regional videos for the Division of Emergency Management. As a prolific writer, Stephen began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen also freelances for the Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog. When not writing, Stephen shares his knowledge as a tenured faculty member at Fort Hays State University. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. Favorite Writers: Mark Waid, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Adam Beechen, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges Favorite Artists: Dan Jurgens, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, Freddie Williams III

3 thoughts on “Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #61

  • March 13, 2009 at 7:41 am

    notcued your post about FCP’s lack of ability to remove indivual filters… this has annyed me so many times, so me and another editor friend, with some development help built it have a look here, you may get some use out of the apps on offer.

  • January 9, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Thanks, man, that saved me tons of time 🙂

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