How to Copy Part of the Timeline in Avid

If you need to copy part of the timeline, you need not attempt a tedious dragging of clips. There is a much simpler way for you to maintain even your dissolves.

Step 1: Find Your Copy

You need to find the section that you would like to copy. In this case, you do not need to be precise as to your in and out points. However, make sure that you always get more rather than less of what you need. So, go to the desired start point of your copy and back up a second or two. Here, set an in point by hitting E. Go to the desired end point of your copy and go a little bit further into the timeline. Now, hit R to set the out point.

Step 2: Tracks

You may have an abundance of tracks in your timeline, however, you do not need to copy all of them. You can select only the ones that you want to use in your future edit. So, click on the tracks that you want so that they turn purple. Make sure the rest of the tracks are gray. It does not matter what the source tracks look like.

Step 3: Copying to Source

Now you are ready to make your copy. Using this process, you will not have to immediately copy your selection to the new place in the timeline. Hold down both CTRL and ALT then hit C. Your copy has now jumped up to the source monitor. Since you added a little extra to the two ends of your copy, you have a little more material to work with. So set an in and out on the source monitor to outline this clip.

Step 4: Adding to the Timeline

Go back to your timeline and find the spot to which you want to add your copy. Set and in mark and use your choice of splice or overwrite to add the copy to the sequence. You will notice that not only have you copied the images and sounds, but you have also copied the edits and effects that were a part of the original pieces. Though this was not apparent in the source monitor, you still have the liberty to adjust these as you would have originally. And, since you have a little extra time at the front and back of your copy, you can now add a dissolve on either end in order to create a smoother transition.

An Extra Tip

Since you now know that sequences can be viewed in the source monitor, try loading an entire sequence by dragging it from your bin to the monitor. This way you can also use parts of other sequences to add to your current timeline through these steps.

If you have a reason to use the same footage twice, you can save yourself some time by copying a previous portion of your timeline. Thankfully, you do not lose flexibility through this process.

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