Handcraft Films Logo

Duplicate Clip Shortcut: Quickest Way to Copy & Paste in Premiere Pro

December 13, 2020

Being an editor is not just about skill, it's also about efficiency.

Knowing the quickest, simplest, most straight forward way to accomplish everyday tasks in your video editing program is crucial.

Sure, you could easily use the traditional copy and paste (command-c / command-v) keyboard shortcuts to duplicate clips in your timeline, but there's a much quicker way.

And it couldn't be easier.

Here's the quickest way to duplicate clips (video, audio, etc.) in your Premiere Pro timeline.

It's almost too easy. Here we go.

Step 1: Select the clip.

Select the clip that you'd like to duplicate.

Select the clip in Premiere Pro

Step 2: Hold Alt + Drag.

Hold down the 'alt' key as you drag the clip to the desired location on your timeline.

Hold alt and drag to duplicate clip

Step 3: Drop in desired location.

Let go. There you go, a duplicated clip in your desired location.

It doesn't matter if your clip is audio or video, this will work for either.

It doesn't matter which track you want to place your clip on, you can drag and drop the newly duplicated clip wherever you'd like by simply holding down the alt key and moving it wherever you wish on your timeline.

For this reason (plus the fact that it's the quickest) I think this is the best way to duplicate clips. It gives you far more control over where your clip will 'land' than copy and paste.

How to Duplicate Text in Premiere Pro

You can duplicate a text clip, an adjustment layer, or a graphic layer in exactly the same way.

Simply hold down the alt button as you select the desired clip and move it to its new location.

Note: the duplicated clips will carry on all the same effects, color treatments, etc.

Once you've duplicated the clip, double-click the new clip and change any parameter that you'd like to customize for that clip.

Bonus Tip: Using the Alt Key to Isolate a Track

Not only can the alt key be used to duplicate a clip, you can also hold down the alt key when selecting either a video or audio clip to select just the video portion or just the audio portion.

In many cases your clips will have video and audio synced and when you move one, the other moves as well.

Hold down the alt button, select the desired portion of your clip and drag it to a new location.

You've now isolated just that desired portion of the clip without having to unlink the clip from the start.

One More Premiere Pro Trick: Hold Down Alt to Ripple Delete

I couldn't stop myself.

While we're on the subject of using the alt key for quick editing shortcuts, I thought I'd mention this huge time saver.

When you simply select a clip and hit delete, you'll notice that the clip is deleted but there's a space or gap left in your timeline where the clip used to be.

To fix this you'd need to laboriously select everything that came after that clip and manually slide it to just the right keyframe without over lapping to close that gap.


If you hold down alt when you also hit delete, not only will your clip be deleted, Premiere Pro will close the gap as well.

Everything on your timeline that came after the deleted clip will slide forward so that no gap exists.

If you'd like to explore more great ways to edit using the ripple delete tool, feel free to check out this post I made all about it. It's a really helpful tool and will speed up your editing flow like nothing else.

Concluding Thoughts

That's is for today's quick Premiere Pro tutorial. I hope you found is useful and time-saving.

If you have any further questions, please leave them in the comment section below.

Check out more simple to follow Premiere Pro Tutorials for Beginners on the blog!

Happy editing,


Hi, I'm Beth.

I started Handcraft Films to give other filmmakers and photographers the gift of documenting their own stories for years to come. I hope you'll learn something new and share your creativity here.
Join Our Newsletter

Earn extra income with your photos & videos this month:

Ultimate Guide to Selling Stock Ebook

Latest Posts

January 16, 2021
HOW TO: Create and Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in Premiere Pro

Everything you need to know about creating and customizing your own keyboard shortcuts to save time and energy while editing.

Read More
January 12, 2021
How to Organize Projects in Premiere Like A Pro Video Editor

This is the key to being a faster, more efficient, and overall better editor. Sharing my exact folder structures!

Read More
January 7, 2021
EASY FIX: How to Relink Missing Media in Premiere Pro

The dreaded missing media 'red screen' happens to the best of us, so don't sweat it. Lucky for us, Premiere Pro has made it fairly quick and simple to reconnect multiple files at once so you can get back to editing in no time.

Read More
December 31, 2020
Premiere Pro Basics: All About Playback Speed

Learn exactly how to control the speed of your clips in Premiere Pro, as well as how to fix playback lag.

Read More
December 23, 2020
Which Canon Pancake Lens is Better: 24mm vs 40mm

I love having a pancake lens. It's my go-to around the house and travel lens. Here's my favorite and why.

Read More

Want more?

Subscribe to our newsletter for more tips and tricks delivered straight to your inbox.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram