How to copy and paste clip without editing original clip

Community Beginner ,
Jun 05, 2020 Jun 05, 2020

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When I copy a clip (for example text) "ctrl+C", paste it elsewhere on the timeline "ctrl+V" and then edit the copy, it changes the original clip too. When I look at Project Assets, I see indeed that there is still 1 clip, and there has not been made a actual copy/duplicate. When I look at the keyboard customization settings, I see that to make a dublicate I must use "ctrl+shift+/". However, that does not do anything if I try. 

 

My question is: how can I make a keyboard shortcut for dublicating/copying a clip and paste it again, so that when I edit it, it does not change the original clip.

 

Thank you very much in advance!

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Adobe Employee , Jun 09, 2020 Jun 09, 2020
Duplicate functionality is for Project assets only. To make it work. You need to click on media/text/title in the Project asset first and then use the shortcut "Ctrl + Shift + /". It will Duplicate.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 05, 2020 Jun 05, 2020

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Text and video clips work differently.   You wrote "(for example text)" so I will focus on that.

 

When you create a "title" you will see it in the Project Assets box when you put it on the timeline.  In the project assets box you can right click and select "Duplicate".  A second version will show up in the Project Assets box with a modified title.  Now can put that on the timeline and make changes to the "new" version without effecting the old.   

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 05, 2020 Jun 05, 2020

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Thank you for your quick response! I did not know that it works differently for text and video. Is there a way to make a keyboard shortcut for performing the action of going to the Project Assets and search for the right text and duplicate it there, when it already sits on the time line? Because the shortcut "Duplicate" by "Ctrl+shift+/" doesn't work.

 

Thank you very much in advance! 

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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Hi Bill, this has answered my question how to cut/paste and modify text with modifying original text.

 

I have a new question, somewhat related.  In my project, I have approx 30 text clips in 1 track.  I'd like for all of the clips to be the same length, 7:03.  But if I make a duplicate, the duplicate defaults to 4:29.  Is there a way to make the duplicates the same length as the original, or is there a hot key to be able to set the exact clip length?

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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Never mind, found the answer...  Clip / Time Stretch and then set the exact duration.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 09, 2020 Jun 09, 2020

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Duplicate functionality is for Project assets only. To make it work. You need to click on media/text/title in the Project asset first and then use the shortcut "Ctrl + Shift + /". It will Duplicate.

 

Thanks, Gaurav

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 09, 2020 Jun 09, 2020

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Okay, I see now. Indeed, the ctrl+shift+/ works for project assets only. Thank you!

 

I make pet videos and I like to visualize their thoughts in words. For example, when they eat and chew, I will make words like "yum" "munch" "mlem" pop up more than a dozen times. I would like to make such a word once with the font, color and shadow I like and then use Ctrl copy, Ctrl paste a dozen times. What would your advice be to do that the fastest way? Would creating a custom text maybe be the fastest? 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 09, 2020 Jun 09, 2020

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There really is no way shorter than a keyboard shortcut. 

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Thank you, I will just need to get used to working from the Project Assets, and less/not from the timeline itself. 

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