Paste Options

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The Paste Options subpanel of the Tools Panel allows you to set options on how pasting will work: "Paste Mode" and "Paste From/To":

 

PasteOptionsSupbanel

The Paste Options Subpanel

 

Paste Mode

 

The Paste Mode section of the Paste Options subpanel contains controls that let you choose between four different paste modes: "Paste by Cell", "Paste by Time", "Stretch to Fit", and "Repeat to Fit".  "Paste by cell" pastes the effects based upon the relative durations of the copied cells and the cells where they will be pasted; "paste by time" pastes them based only upon the duration of the copied effects; "stretch to fit" stretches the effects to fit into the area that you select; "repeat to fit" repeats as many copies of the effects as necessary to fit them into the area that you select.

 

Paste by Cell

 

Paste by Cell pastes effects based upon the relative durations of the copied cells and the cells where they will be pasted.  For example, consider timings at 0 seconds, 1 second, and 2 seconds.  Between 0 and 1 is a fade up, and between 1 and 2 is a fade down:

 

PasteModeCopyFrom

Events to be copied

 

These events will be copied, and pasted to the time starting at 5 seconds.  There are timings at 5 seconds, 7 seconds, and 7.5 seconds:

 

PasteModeBefore

Where they will be pasted to

 

If "Paste by Cell" is selected, then there will be a fade up from 5 to 7, and a fade down from 7 to 7.5:

 

PasteModeAfterByCell

After pasting by cell

 

Paste by Time

 

Paste by Time pastes effects based upon their durations as they were copied. For example, consider timings at 0 seconds, 1 second, and 2 seconds.  Between 0 and 1 is a fade up, and between 1 and 2 is a fade down:

 

PasteModeCopyFrom

Events to be copied

 

These events will be copied, and pasted to the time starting at 5 seconds.  There are timings at 5 seconds, 7 seconds, and 7.5 seconds:

 

PasteModeBefore

Where they will be pasted to

 

If "Paste by Time" is selected, then there will be a fade up from 5 to 6, and a fade down from 6 to 7.  The timings at 7 and 7.5 are ignored; only the original lengths of the events are used:

 

PasteModeAfterByTime

After pasting by time

 

Stretch to Fit

 

Stretch to Fit stretches (or compresses) effects to fit into the area that you have selected, without regards to any timings within that area.  For example, consider timings at 0 seconds, 1 second, and 2 seconds.  Between 0 and 1 is a fade up, and between 1 and 2 is a fade down:

 

PasteModeCopyFrom

Events to be copied

 

These events will be copied, and pasted to the time starting at 5 seconds, with the area between 5 seconds and 7.5 seconds selected.  There are timings at 5 seconds, 7 seconds, and 7.5 seconds:

 

PasteModeBefore

Where they will be pasted to

 

If "Stretch to Fit" is selected, then since the copied effects totalled two seconds in length, and since the area being pasted to is two and a half seconds in length, each effect will be stretched to 125% of its original length (since 2.5 seconds is 125% of 2 seconds).  Therefore, there will be a fade up from 5 seconds to 6.25 seconds, and a fade down from 6.25 seconds to 7.5 seconds:

 

PasteModeAfterStretchToFit

After stretching to fit

 

Repeat to Fit

 

Repeat to Fit repeats (or cuts off) effects to fit into the area that you have selected, without regards to any timings within that area.  For example, consider timings at 0 seconds, 1 second, and 2 seconds.  Between 0 and 1 is a fade up, and between 1 and 2 is a fade down:

 

PasteModeCopyFrom

Events to be copied

 

These events will be copied, and pasted to the time starting at 5 seconds, with the area between 5 seconds and 7.5 seconds selected.  There are timings at 5 seconds, 7 seconds, and 7.5 seconds:

 

PasteModeBefore

Where they will be pasted to

 

If "Repeat to Fit" is selected, then since the copied effects totalled two seconds in length, and since the area being pasted to is two and a half seconds in length, there will be one full copy of the copied effects for the first two seconds, followed by the first half second of a second copy of the effects.  That is, there will be a fade up from 5 seconds to 6 seconds, a fade down from 6 seconds to 7 seconds, and the first half of a fade up from 7 seconds to 7.5 seconds:

 

PasteModeAfterRepeatToFit

After repeating to fit

 

Paste From/To

 

At the bottom of the Paste Options subpanel is a pair of dropdown boxes labeled "From" and "To".  Each of these has three possible settings: "Background", "Foreground", and "Both".

 

The "From" box controls which portions of the copied effects will be pasted: "Background" means that only copied "off" effects will be pasted; "Foreground" means that all copied effects except off effects will be pasted; "Both", which is the default, means that all copied effects will be pasted.  For example, consider the following portion of a sequence, and imagine that the simple chase on the left will be copied and pasted on top of the twinkling on the right:

 

PasteFromForegroundBefore

Before pasting the chase on top of the twinkling

 

For now, assume that the "To" box (which we will discuss momentarily) is set to "Both".  Then if the "From" box is also set to "Both", then the entire copied area - including the off effects - will be pasted:

 

PasteFromForegroundAfterOff

After pasting, from Both to Both

 

But if "From" is set to "Foreground", then the off effects are not pasted, leaving some of the cells twinkling:

 

PasteFromForegroundAfterOn

After pasting,  from Foreground to Both

 

Or if "From" is "Background", then only the off effects are pasted:

 

PasteFromBackground

After pasting, from Background to Both

 

The "To" box is similar, but it controls which of the cells in the area being pasted to will actually be overwritten.  For example, if "From" is set to "Both":

 

PasteToBefore

Before pasting

 

PasteToBackground

After pasting, from Both to Background

 

PasteToForeground

After pasting, from Both to Foreground

 

PasteToBoth

After pasting, from Both to Both

 

You can even combine "From" and "To".  For example:

 

PasteToBefore

Before pasting

 

PasteFromForegroundToForeground

After pasting, from Foreground to Foreground