Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Nesting sequences, part of Premiere Pro CS5 for Avid Editors.
One of the really lovely features in Premiere Pro is the way it supporters nested sequences. And this is the sort of control that you would expect to see in something like After Effects, and doesn't quite work the same way that Media Composer does. So if I go up to my source panel here, and I've got a sequence open. I think what I'll do is just make a much simpler sequence to demonstrate this. So I'm going to expand my medieval media folder, and I'm just going to drag one of these clips onto the new item button. Which is going to create a simple sequence for me based on the settings for that clip. Notice as well that the sequence is created inside the bin that was storing the original media.
I'm just going to put three clips in here. I'm just going to drag and drop these, nice and easy. Coincidentally, if you do drag and drop into the timeline, and if you hold down the Ctrl key, it turns it from an override as it would be in Media Composer, an overlay in Premiere Pro into an insert edit, and pushes things out of the way. Now what I'm going to do, is take this sequence, which is my media medieval wide 01 sequence and I'm going to drop that onto the new item button to generate a new sequence for it. Now, I didn't have to do it that way, if I just delete this clip so you can see what's happened. I've got a sequence here, I'm going to call this one, I'm going to single click on this and call this, first sequence.
And then the second one's already highlighted just like Avid, I'm going to type and call this one, second sequence. Okay, so now my first sequence, and you'll notice the tabs now along the top of the timeline, let me just close these others down. Here we go, so my first sequence has three clips in it. And my second sequence is empty. If I drag and drop my first sequence into my second sequence, I get a single item. Now in Avid when you transfer a sequence into another sequence, you get the individual clips that make it up. Effectively the link is broken to the original sequence. But in Premiere Pro you get the output of that sequence. So here's my three clips contained in a single container. It's very much like collapsing tracks inside of Media Composer, except that my original sequence still exists on its own in my Project panel. This means I can go back to the original sequence in a separate Timeline panel, and I can maybe make changes.
Let's see if I can find something really simple to show. If I maybe put a levels effect on one of these clips, go to my Effect Controls, span my levels, maybe find a bit of action here. Maybe I'll just really adjust the shot so you can see. It's really obvious that I made some changes to it. That looks perfectly lovely. If I now toggle back to my second sequence, you can see that's now updated. And this yellow line here indicates that it's a CUDA enabled effect. Because I have the right kind of graphics card, you'll see here next to the Levels Effect, I've got this Speed-Up icon here.
Like a little plug-in brick with an arrow on it. This is the Accelerated Effects button. There it is. Now if I want to, I could also put titles on, layers on, multiple layers of video in my first sequence. What I'll get in that output segment, the nested sequence, is the total final flattened output from it. And this means that if you want to, you can even put special effects onto nested titles. The perfect use of nesting would be if your maybe working on a six part episodic series and you need an opening title sequence.
You can generate that once, let's say this is my opening title sequence and cut that into another sequence as a whole segment. And then any changes you make in the first will update in all of those sequences that it's embedded inside of. And that's sequence nesting, a very powerful compositing tool that actually comes standard in CS5.
- How Premiere Pro works
- Getting set up
- Creating sequences
- Applying effects, color correction, and opacity
- Titles and metadata
- Integrating Premiere Pro with other applications
- Working with audio
- Outputting video