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Once you've formatted one media clip perfectly, you don't have to repeat all the same steps to duplicate the formatting on each movie in your presentation. You can use the Format Painter to apply the entire list of custom formats with just one click. I'm going to start on slide 4 with my first video. In the previous movie, we formatted this media clip with 3D rotation, bevels, depth, surface, and lighting. Instead of having to duplicate the ten or so steps it took to design this special effect, start by clicking on the object so that it's highlighted.
That's actually the hardest thing to remember about using this technique. You have to start by clicking on the object that's already formatted or it won't work. After you've clicked on your customized object, go up to the Home Ribbon and on the left side in the Clipboard group, click on the Format Painter button. Notice that your cursor now has a paintbrush attached to it. Now, navigate to slide 5 and click on the media clip on that slide. It instantly takes on all the formatting from the first clip.
Note that it is covering up my bottom detail so I'll use my arrows and move it up. I have several clips in my presentation and I don't want to have to perform each duplication individually. The Format Painter also has the ability to apply the settings to several objects, much like a painter dipping her brush into a color and then dabbing the canvas repeatedly. Go back to the fourth slide and click on the formatted media clip again. This time, instead of clicking one time on the Format Painter, click on it twice.
Go down to slide 7 and click on the video clip there. Then immediately click on slide 8 and click on that video. Both the two videos now have the same formatting as the first one. Do be careful when you're in Format Painter mode. The special effects will apply to any object you click on. If I accidentally click on my bulleted list for example, it will take on many of those 3D effects. When you're done duplicating the formatting, you can either click on the Format Painter button again to turn it off or simply press the Escape key in the upper left corner of your keyboard.
I'll go ahead and undo my last step to take the 3D formatting off of my bulleted points since I don't really want it there. The Format Painter is a huge time- saver, preventing you from having to take the time to write down all your formatting in order to duplicate it on multiple objects.
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