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Premiere Pro Quick Tip: Copying Multiple Effects

Caleb Ward

Learn how to quickly apply multiple effects to clips in Premiere Pro.

If you’re anything like me than you probably pick up something new almost every time you sit down to edit. Often times the things you learn make you slap your forehead and say “if only I’d known this before!” This might be one of those moments for you.

When working in Premiere Pro it’s not uncommon that you’d need to apply similar effects to multiple clips. Normally the best way to apply multiple effects would be to apply the effects to an adjustment layer, but if you’re wanting to only apply certain effects you need to use the “paste attributes” button. The following technique will allow you to copy multiple effects to multiple clips simultaneously, without having to create an adjustment layer.

1. Select the Clip with the Effects

Simply click on the clip with the effects you want to copy.

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2. Copy

Either right click and hit copy or use the shortcut Command+C.

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3. Select Your Desired Clip

Now select your desired clip or or clip selection. By holding down shift you can select multiple clips in your timeline.

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4. Right Click and Select Paste Attributes

With your clips selected, right-click and select “Paste Attributes”.

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5. Choose Parameters and Click Ok

A box will pop up that asks you to select which effects will be copied to the selected clips. By default your motion, opacity, time remapping, and effects will all be copied to the selected clips. If you don’t want to copy every parameter you can choose which ones to copy here. Once you have made your selection hit “Ok”. Your selected clips will now have the effects applied to them.

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This technique serves as a good alternative to using an adjustment layer, especially if you are wanting to go in and manipulate the effects further. However if you’re simply wanting to apply and manipulate a quick color correction or effect to your entire sequence, creating an adjustment layer might be the best thing to do. It all depends on your situation.

Want to learn more about editing with Premiere Pro? Check out the Premiere Pro section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have dozens of articles and tutorials dedicated to helping you become a better video editor and a master of Premiere.