The Clone and Paint-collection


The clone- and repair-plugin

General Info


Clone is the perfect tool to manipulate and repair video-clips. With Clone you can eliminate scratches and dust by overlaying clean parts of your clip onto the dirty area. You can duplicate parts of your clip and make corrections like moving an object from one position to another. This is done by an easy to handle method to clone certain areas.

Browser and Timeline

After installing the Clone plugins, you can find them in the effects-tab of the browser-window as seen to the right.

Open the folder "Video Filters". There you will find a folder named "CHV 4.0". Open it as well.

If you want to use the filter you just have to drag and drop the filter on the desired clip in the timeline.

If you have turned on the filter-indicator (red arrow) you can now see a green line under the clip. This line indicates that you have successfully applied the filter to the clip.

Double-click the clip in the timeline to load it into the viewer. Click the "Filters"-tab. There you can find the filter Clone. Now you can make the necessary changes.

The red line above the filter shows which part of the clip is not rendered yet. Select the clip in the timeline once and press Apple-R to render this part.


Two versions of Clone are available:

Clone (predefined)
Clone (variable)

Actually both versions do exactly the same. The difference is that Clone (variable) provides you with the ability to create your own shape that will be cloned. Clone (predefined) carries 9 predefined shapes.

Clone (predefined)

Lets take a look at Clone (predefined). These are the controls:

General Settings

15 different shapes are built in. If the shape you like to use is not included simply use Clone (variable) to do the job.

Some shape examples:

Rectangle ZigZag Arrow Chess 8x8
Show infos
Use this checkbox to show or hide the overlaid information within the canvas. If you disable this checkbox and the Zoom Enable checkbox you will see the final rendered result in the canvas.

From (green)
To (blue)

These two controls are the two most important controls of this filter. Here you have to define which area of the footage has to be cloned and where it has to go. It's as easy as it looks. The green area will be cloned to the blue area:

Copy a bird and make it two birds Remove the bird by overlaying
it with the background
Original picture Make several copies of the same moon
by using Clone more than one time

Use these two sliders to control the size of the area that should be cloned.

Flip Clone
This popup controls the direction of the clone. You can flip the clone horizontally and/or vertically. If you flip the clone, the area that will be used will switch sides and will be shown in the new position. The shape of the green area will also flip. The control itself will stay in it's position and will be shown as a green dot.

With this control you can rotate the clone to a desired angle. The green and the blue shape will be rotated simultaneously. The content of the clone will not be rotated. Only the shape rotates.

Feather Shape
The mask for the cloned area can be feathered with this slider. Use this option to create a smooth border to make the clone look real.

Blur Clone
Use this slider to blur the cloned area if needed.

Composite Mode
This popup menu provides you with 9 different composite modes. These modes are very similar to the built in composite modes of Final Cut Pro and can be used for various effects.

Change the opacity of the clone with this slider. This function is only enabled with the composite modes 1-8.


With the Zoom-option you can open a window inside the canvas showing you the cloned area applied to your footage. This enables you to do better positioning of the cloned area. The zoomed window will always be "out of the way". It will move automatically to an unused position within the canvas.

Enable Zoom
Enable the Zoom-function with this checkbox.

This slider controls how much the cloned area will be zoomed.

Window Size
Control the size of the window with this slider.

Clone (variable)

Clone (variable) is very similar to Clone (predefined). The difference is that you can define a shape by yourself. The shape consists of up to 24 points.

The section [Canvas] will be described below.

The sections [General Settings] and [Zoom in Canvas] are exactly the same ones as the above described sections and therefore don't need to be explained again.

With the controls of the section [Points used for Shape] you can define the variable shape to be used for cloning. Use the popup Number of Points to define how many points you want to use for the shape.


With the radio buttons at the top of the controls ([Canvas]) you can switch between 4 preview modes. These modes only affect the canvas. If you hit Apple-R to render the final result, the overlaid information from the canvas will be omitted.
For the below example we will use this footage:


This mode shows the canvas with the two clone areas.

The green area shows the area that will be cloned to the blue area.

The red arrow always points from the green area to the blue area indicating the direction of the copy process.

Shape only (big)

Use this selection to see the shape entirely. The blue border shows the maximum size of the shape for this mode. The actual size of the shape will be defined with the Width and Height sliders within the section [General Settings].

Clone-Areas and overlay Shape (big)

The shape will be overlaid onto the canvas. This setting is a combination of the modes Clone-Areas and Shape only (big).


This mode shows the final rendered result. Remember to set Feather Shape to a value around 30 to get a smooth and good looking border. In this example we have only cloned the bird without its shadow. This is why we don't see any shadow below the bird.


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