Cut and Paste, Avid Style
Final Cut relies on cut and paste in the timeline and that can be a very useful convenience. But these days the Media Composer is no slouch when it comes to timeline manipulation. And because the MC allows you to patch one track to another, it is arguably more flexible and intuitive. One helpful trick is to use the “clipboard contents” button.
I put it under the source monitor, so it’s always available. Got a clip (say, a sound effect or a piece of sound fill) that you want to use elsewhere? Select the track, mark the clip and hit command-c. It’s now in your clipboard. Then just hit the clipboard contents icon to bring it into your source monitor. From there, you can use it any way you like (and cut it into any track you like via the patch panel).