Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Nesting, autonesting, and working with nested sequences, part of Learning Premiere Pro CS5.
Nesting allows for really advanced compositing inside of Premier Pro but it's a very, very simple principle and once you get your head around what's happening with nested sequences, you'll probably come up with a lot of different ways of using it. Essentially, it involves editing one sequence inside another sequence and when you do that, you get a single clip segment that represents the output of the first sequence. If that sounds like bake your noodle, let me just show you and you'll see what I mean. Here's my original sequence and this is a simple set of a few clip segments we'll cut together in a straight line on my video one track.
And over here notice that you can have multiple sequences open at the same time in Premier Pro. So, I've got another tab here in my Timeline panel and that's my master sequence in which I've got some other clips. Now if I want to edit my original sequence into my master sequence I can treat the original sequence just like a clip if I like. I can drag and drop it into my Source panel. Now I need to drag and drop rather than double-click because of course if I double-click it's going to open it as a sequence. But if I do open it in my Source panel, I can add in and out box to the sequence exactly as I would with a regular clip. And in fact one of the things you can do with the Source panel is rather than edit the entire clip into your sequence, you can drag this video only or audio only link, and you'll just get that part of the clip. There's my video only.
There's my audio only. There are a lot of occasions where you might want to do that. In this case though I'm just going to drag directly from the Project panel onto the timeline. There we go. And I'll keep a little gap there so you can see the gap between the nested sequence and the original clips. So what have I got? I've got a clip now called Original Sequence which matches the name in the bin, which makes perfect sense. But I don't have the individual parts that make that sequence up. You can see here although the cuts are there, there's my various different clips, I'm seeing it as a single item. And what's the benefit of that? Well the benefit is that I can now apply effects en masse and I can embed the same sequence inside multiple other sequences. Classic example of that might be, imagine if you're making a six-part series in the same Premier Pro project, you want to make one opening title sequence for all of them.
You can just do it once and embed that in all of the individual episodes. Then when the commissioning editor comes around and says oh yeah we need to make some changes, we need to change the colors, it's very, very easy for you to do. Let's have a look at the results of nesting. If I go back to my original sequence, and I'll just make this super obvious, I'm going to take a clip from the middle and move it out of the way so it's later in the timeline. If I jump back in my master sequence you can see right away, there's my gap. And in fact this sequence you notice that I had the original full amount but if I zoom out a little bit now I can now trim out until, there we go. There's the clip that I just moved and if i go back to my original sequence and move it back to where it came from.
There we go. If you can see clearly there, there's some lines across this portion of the nested sequence. And what that's telling me is that beyond this point, where the color is smooth, there is no longer anymore sequence. Effectively, that's the end of the sequence, and I'll just trim this back. Now let's have a look at the playing an effect. So if I, for example, put a simple color affect, lets use my favorite fast color corrector here, drag and drop that onto this one segment, go to my effect controls. Expand out the fast color corrector, and I'll just warm this shot up a bit.
There we go and I've applied that effect. Let me make it really, really obvious so you can see, let's make it really, really red. So you can see all of these clips now have the same effect on them. And that just saves you a few clicks. Effectively, it just means that you can apply in one step what you might otherwise, in this case, need to apply one, two, three, four, in five steps. But it goes a bit further than that, because if I go to my Titles bin here, I've got a title for this music video. And I'll just drop that down on the timeline. And there we go. It's a real basic title, somebody loves you. If I go to my master sequence now, there we go, I've got the title.
And you'll notice that the title is color corrected as well as the media. If I put the same title on top, you can see that originally it was a kind of silver gray. There's the original color to match the one on top in a separate layer. So this allows you to apply visual effects to titles embedded with the media in ways that you couldn't do otherwise. Essentially, that is nesting. And there's a little extra shortcut that's included in this latest version of Premier Pro. If I lasso to select, I just need to overlap a few clip segments to lasso them on the timeline. So these are all selected.
I can now Right Click, or Ctrl+click on a Mac, and choose Nest. And what this will do is generate a nested sequence from those selected clips. This is amazing because it's very common part way through an edit to realize actually, you know, it would've been pretty handy if I'd had a nested version of that media. And here it is nested sequence number one and I might call this opening and there we go. That's now updated and it's my opening sequence. If I open that up and again I'll just move some clips out of the way so its nice and obvious I've made a change. There we go.
It updates straight away in my timeline. So it's effectively exactly the same thing. The difference is that it's done retrospectively. And that's a pretty handy shortcut in this version of Premier Pro. Although you usually just use nesting to help you organize your edits and apply some effects in ways that you might not be able to otherwise, it's also a prerequisite for multi-camera editing inside of Premier Pro. It's part of the workflow of multi-camera editing to use nested sequences. So there you are. That's nesting in Premier Pro.
- Introducing Premiere Pro
- Creating a project
- Importing media
- Editing clips
- Adding transitions and effects
- Working with titles and graphics
- Dynamic Link with After Effects
- Working with audio
- Metadata and content analysis
- Outputting video