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Once you have formatted one media clip perfectly, you don't have to repeat all the same steps to duplicate the formatting on every movie in your presentation. You can use a technique called the format painter to apply the entire list of custom formats with just one click. I'm on slide 4 on my presentation. I've already formatted this video with a 3D shadow, but this will work with any formatting that you've applied. Instead of having to duplicate the five or so steps that it took to perfect 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 in the Clipboard group, there is a button for Format Painter--click on it. Now when bring my cursor back, notice that it has a paintbrush attached to it. Now navigate to slide 5 and click on the image that's there. It takes on all the same shadow effects.
Now because my shadow effect is at the bottom of this picture, I am going to use the arrows on my keyboard to move it up. Now if I scroll down, I can see that I also have two more videos. I don't have to perform each duplication individually. The Format Painter also has the ability to apply the same settings to several objects, much like a painter dipping her brush into a color and then dabbing the canvas repeatedly. Go back up to slide 4 and click on the media clip again. This time instead of clicking one time on the Format Painter button, click on it twice.
Now go to slide 7 and click on the media clip, and it takes on the shadows. Now immediately, without clicking on anything else, go to slide 8 and click on that media clip as well. Both the two videos now have the same formatting as the first one, but do be careful when you're in Format Painter mode. The special effects may apply to other objects if you accidentally click on them, so when you're done duplicating your formatting, you can either click again on the Format Painter button or simply press the Escape key in the upper left-hand corner of your keyboard to turn it off.
The Format Painter is a huge time saver, preventing you from having to take the time to write down all of your formatting in order to duplicate it on multiple objects.
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