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How to Sequence Video Clips in Premiere Pro

In this lesson from David Bode's free Adobe Premiere Pro Tutorial you will learn how to create a sequence and add your assets.

Creating a Sequence

In our last lesson, you learned how to create trimmed clips from you video footage, ready for assembly into a sequence.

A sequence is a collection of all your video, audio, photo, graphic and title assets, and is built in the Timeline panel. In the screenshot example below of a timeline, you'll see that it says timeline, not sequences. That's because this project doesn't have a sequence yet.

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Adding Single Clips to the Sequence

You can create a sequence in a few different ways:

The easiest way is to grab a media clip from the project panel and just drop it right into the Timeline panel.  This will create a sequence.

When you're dragging clips from the project panel, you need to make sure you're grabbing right over the icon as opposed to grabbing from the text. That's because it's easy to accidentally click the text as if you are going to rename the clip. 
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Dragging clips over to the timeline window is not the only way you can make a sequence. You can also take grab a clip drag it to the New Item icon at the bottom of the project panel.

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You can also right-click in the blank space in the project panel and choose New Item > Sequence, which will bring up the New Sequence window or you can click on the New Item icon at the bottom of the screen and choose Sequence from there. 

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Alternatively, you can also create a new sequence by going to File > New > Sequence, which has also got the keyboard shortcut Control-N. If you create a new sequence using this method or the previous one, you'll be presented with a number of customisation options within the tabs Sequence Presets, Settings, Tracks. These are a little advanced; the easiest way to create a track is to use method number 1 or 2. 

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When you create a sequence using method 1 or 2, the sequence is set up properly automatically. It's created with the right frame size, 1920 by 1080, the right time base, 23.976 frames per second, the right pixel aspect ratio, 1, and has the audio sample rate.  

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Once you've created a sequence, you will see the sequence immediately in the timeline. You can see:

  1. The clip
  2. The time ruler, which is showing us hours, minutes, seconds, and frames — time goes from left to right here.
  3. Some video tracks — every sequence is going to have at least one video track
  4. Some audio tracks — any sequence with audio is going to have at least one audio track.
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Adding Multiple Clips to the Sequence

You can also add multiple clips to your sequence at the same time by using Shift-click to select a number of clips in the Project panel and then just drag these over to my sequence. You can also Control-click selected clips and bring those in as well.

If hold down the Control key and double-click on a folder it will open up the entire folder in the Project panel and he Project panel will say Bin Wide. If you go to the bottom of the window and change the view from list view to icon view, you'll have even more control over how you add clips to the sequence. 

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That's because you can now move the clips around to reorder them and when you have done that you can drag them into your sequence in the order that you prefer them in. 

When you're in icon view you have some sort options which you can access by clicking the icon at the bottom of the panel. You can sort your clips by user, by name alphabetically and any other way you want using the options available, so you can reorder them as you want to and then add them to the sequence.

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Another way you can add clips to the sequence when you are selecting multiple clips, is to use the Automate to Sequence button at the bottom of the Project panel  When you click the button you get a window that offers several options. For example, you can select the order your clips will appear in the sequence. You can apply default audio transitions, default video transitions etc. to all you clips when they are added to the sequence. You can access the Automate to Sequence button whether you are in List View or Wide Bin view.

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Adding Clips From the Source Monitor

You can also add clips to your sequence from your Source monitor. When you double-click on a clip in the Project panel, it will open up in the Source monitor above the Project panel. From the Source monitor you can click anywhere inside the clip and then pull the clip down into the sequence to add it to the sequence.

You can also drag just the video portion of the clip by clicking on the little filmstrip icon at the bottom of the Source monitor and dragging it without the audio into the sequence. Of course, you can do the same thing with just the audio by clicking and dragging the audio icon that's next to the filmstrip into the sequence.

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Snapping

As you drag your assets over to your sequence, you will see some lines that show up when you get to the edge of other media clips. This is an indication that snapping is turned on. This means that clips you drag onto the timeline will snap to the edges of other media clips or to the playhead. This makes it very easy to just pull things in from your Project panel right into your sequence. Snapping can be turned off and on in the Snap icon or by pressing the S on your keyboard.

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So there are many ways that you can add clips to your sequence and it's very, very easy to do.

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