This video explores the different ways to create sequences in Premiere Pro. This includes automatic methods where Premiere creates the sequence based on the properties of the first clip you edit; and it also includes manual methods, where you set up the sequence properties ahead of time. You learn about when you might want to execute each type of sequence creation.
- [Instructor] Once you've marked your shots, you're ready to start building your sequence. There are a few ways you can start a sequence. And the first one, which we explored briefly in chapter two was to just drag and drop footage from the source monitor or from within the project panel into the timeline, which prompts Premiere Pro to create a sequence automatically. I'll just do that now to demonstrate with one of my sound bytes here. Okay, so I'll just grab this first one here and I'm just going to bring it right into the timeline without even bringing it up to the source monitor first.
Now, this has created a new sequence and a couple of things have happened. Obviously, we have the shot in the timeline. We have the visual output in the program monitor. We have a new sequence here in the project panel, which I will rename right here. Topa Topa Sequence Demo 1. And I have a little bin here that I'm going to put these in. All right, so what has happened here is that Premiere Pro has read the properties of this video clip and it's created a sequence based on those properties.
So this is a nice, easy way to let the software take care of that aspect. You can always check those sequence properties by just right-clicking on the sequence and choosing Sequence Settings. Okay, and everything is baked in based on that first clip that you edited in. Now, that's great, unless, of course, you edit in the wrong clip. So if you have some SD archival material and you bring that in into a mostly HD sequence, then your sequence is going to have settings that don't match the majority of your media.
Okay, so just remember that if you make a sequence in this way, bring in a clip that is representative of most of your media for your first shot. Again, if you do make a mistake, if you need to change that and go into your sequence settings, another place you can find that, by the way, is Sequence, and then Sequence Settings. And then you can make changes within any of these dropdown menus. All right, so another way that you can create a sequence is to set it up ahead of time. You just right-click here in the project panel, and then choose New Item, and Sequence.
All right, and the New Sequence window opens. And it can look a little daunting. There are tons of presets over here that you can use to select the right setting, or you can come to this middle window. And this should look familiar, because we actually just saw it. And you can set the appropriate settings from within these dropdown menus. Again, if you are absolutely sure what you want to choose, you can do this. Perhaps your sequence settings are predetermined by the job that you're working on, which can often be the case. So I happen to know the sequence settings for the media, so I'll set those now.
Under Editing Mode, I'm going to go to AVC-Intra 100 720p. And our timebase is 23.976. And everything else is okay. And then, here is that sequence. I'll go ahead and bring that into my bin and we'll call this Topa Topa Sequence Demo 2. All right, so now, because I've set this up ahead of time and made sure that my media is going to match, if I bring one or more clips in here, then everything will match up perfectly.
So I'll just grab all of them, click and then Shift + click, and bring them on over. All right, and that worked out just fine. Now, if the sequence settings did not match the clip, then it would bring up a window telling me that and asking me if I want to keep the settings or change them. And let me just show you that right now. I'm going to right-click and choose New Item, and Sequence. This time, I'm not going to change anything about it. And I'll go ahead and name this Topa Topa Sequence Demo 3.
All right. And so we'll bring our clips in. And again, we know these don't match. So I'll bring these in, and here is my mismatch warning. This clip does not match the sequence's settings. Do you want to change the sequence to match the clip's settings? Okay, so at this point, I could just go ahead and change them. And now, my sequence settings match perfectly. All right, so here, we have let Premiere do all of the work. Here, we've done the work ahead of time. And here, we've changed the settings to match the clips based on our mismatch warning.
There's one last way that I want to show you how to set up a sequence. And this, again, lets Premiere guide the way. All right, and that is by this tool here, New Item. So if I click on New Item and I choose Sequence, this would actually create a sequence where I would then need to set my settings. That is not what I want to do, so I'll get rid of that. But if I drag and drop clips on this button, something else happens. So I'm again going to take my subclips and then drag and drop right on New Item.
And here we go. We have a sequence that was created. The very first shot is what determines the sequence settings, so you want to make sure that you choose your first shot wisely. And then also, the sequence was named after that first shot, so I'm just going to call this Topa Topa Sequence Demo 4. And there we go. So we have lots of different ways to create sequences. This fourth method is a nice hybrid approach. And it's especially a nice option when you already have sequences loaded in the timeline and you want to quickly create a new one.
You can just grab clips and then drop them on New Item. And because of Premiere Pro's tabbed timeline structure, you can easily go back and forth between these. All right, so creating sequences is easy in Premiere Pro, no matter how you do it. And it can be made even easier if you let Premiere Pro look at and analyze your clips to help you create the exact type of sequence that matches the settings of your clips.
This is the first part of a two-part series. The second installment explores more intermediate techniques.
- Touring the Premiere Pro interface
- Asset organization and project management
- Basic editing
- Trimming and refining
- Basic audio editing
- Working with stills and graphics
- Basic effects
- Manipulating clip speed
- Using automatic and basic color correction tools
- Working with titles
- Sharing and exporting