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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
Copying and pasting clips in your timeline is another really helpful tool but it's important to note that copying and pasting also respects targeted video tracks as well. So in this timeline, I am going to select my Timeline panel, hit the Home key to jump to the first frame, I am going to select the ducks by the lake clip and I am going to hit Command+C or Ctrl+C on the PC. You see, when you are copying clips, it matters which clip is selected. Now which clip is targeted? It's the clip that is selected that can be copied and then when I paste, hitting Command+V or Ctrl+V on the PC, then you could see that the ducks by the lake clip, the video and the audio are copied and pasted over the duck dive clip that we had here.
So we select to copy and we target to paste. Now let me undo that by hitting Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on the PC. Hit the Home key again. This time we'll do the same thing, except that I am going to not target the video track. If I select these and then copy and paste again, you'll notice that the video came in on video track 2 and the audio did come over and replace the audio that was there because the Audio 1 track was targeted and there was no video track targeted so it just put the video in the same track.
Now I am going to undo that, and let's hit the Home key again. This time I am going to target video tracks 2 and 3, and I am going to copy again, and actually I am going to go out a little bit further on down the road, so we can see what's going to happen a little bit better. I am going to paste this and you'll see that the video is pasted in the smallest numbered targeted track. So even though I have two video tracks selected, when I paste, it's not going to paste the video clip into both of those tracks. Now I am going to undo that one more time and I am going to target video track 1 only, and I am not going to target audio track 1. I am going to select this clip, copy it, come over here and paste it, and you'll notice that again, just like with video, it pasted the audio into the first open track.
So the moral of the story is that if you copy and paste, it's got to go somewhere but only if you target, will it overwrite what you already have or, in another words, will it overlay over what is already there, otherwise it'll find an empty track and it'll put the content in the first empty track. So there you have it, copying and pasting. It's, again, a very easy concept as it is, like in Microsoft Word, or whatever, but it's made a little bit more complex by the idea of targeting, but once you understand this concept, it should be no problem.
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