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You can save time on revisions and improve the organization of your editing projects by nesting sequences with Adobe Premiere Pro.

When it comes to nesting sequences, it is more likely to be Russian nesting dolls than a bird's nest. The concept of nesting is simply to put a smaller edit timeline within a larger timeline – nest on nest on nest. These shorter timelines can be part of a much larger production, e.g. B. Scenes within a movie, segments within a news broadcast, or even graphics and animations.

Remember, nested sequences are not a specific type of sequence, but rather a feature that helps you organize your project better. Before we get into an inception situation, let's take a quick look at how to create nested sequences and break down their benefits, and how to improve your skills as an editor.

Create a nested sequence

Drag and drop the sequence you want to nest.

Any sequence in Premiere Pro can be used as a nested sequence. There is no need to convert an existing timeline or make changes that affect existing sequences.

The easiest way to nest a sequence is to drag and drop a current sequence onto another sequence's timeline. Locate the sequence you want to nest, Right click On the file in the media browser, click insertThen the sequence is deleted within the currently open timeline. Make sure there is enough space in the current timeline to fit into the nested sequence. Otherwise the current footage can be overwritten.

Create a nested sequence

Create a nested sequence from a clip on your timeline.

You can also create a nested sequence from a current clip within a timeline. This creates a new sequence from this clip and automatically nests that sequence in place of the original clip. Just do it Right click Click on the clip nest, then Surname the new sequence. The current clip should change color and the new sequence will be in the project's media browser.

Advantages of nesting sequences

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Use nesting to organize and clean up very large timelines. Image via BoxBoy.


A really professional editor organizes his projects. From perfectly named folders to tightly managed schedules, a well-organized project can make larger projects easier and more efficient. Nesting is just another way to keep everything clean and rational.

Nesting is perfect when you have multiple scenes in a large project. Each scene consists of its own nest sequence, which is later put together with the other scenes in the main sequence. This will make your main sequence look neat and organized. If you need to make changes to a specific scene, you can open the nested sequence and edit only that sequence, which only affects the scene that you need to change. A nested sequence works as if it were a single clip within the larger timeline. You can add effects, crop, trim, or make other changes just like you would a normal clip you would insert. Any effects added to a nested sequence affect every clip in the sequence. This can be a huge time saver when making sweeping changes like color corrections or resizing.

I recently edited a very large timeline for an online stream that was over an hour and had over fifteen separate segments and scenes. Having the entire project on a single timeline would have created a lot of problems (especially if there were minor changes to be made) and looked like a mess. By breaking each scene into its own nested sequence, I was able to focus on each scene individually and merge them when finished. This helped me tackle the project as a whole and set each scene as small goals.

It is much easier for people to look at things in large pieces and break them down into smaller pieces if necessary. Viewing an entire timeline with thousands of small clips can be daunting and affect your function as an editor. Use sequence nesting to keep your workspace neat and organized.

Dynamic changes

There is almost nothing worse than a tedious task – especially a tedious task that you could have prevented! I strongly recommend using nested sequences when you need to reuse assets, footage, or transitions that you will be using multiple times within a project. For example, this could be an intro title sequence that you use for multiple videos. Nested sequences are dynamic and adjust across all timelines they are in. If you make a small change to one, it will apply to all sequences down the line. You save a ton of time by not having to go into each individual timeline to make adjustments. Make this change only once and have it changed wherever it's found.

Double the effects

Cannot add warp stabilizer

Premiere does not allow warp stabilizer and speed adjustments for the same clip.

A common problem in Premiere Pro is that the Warp Stabilizer cannot be added and the speed adjusted within the same clip. I'm not entirely sure why this is a problem, but it has been for years. The easiest way to work around this little problem is, as you guessed it, to nest!

Start with Create a nested sequence of the clip that you want to stabilize and adjust the speed of. Add the Warp Stabilizer to the clip within the nested sequence and to adjust according to your requirements. Once the Warp Stabilizer has been added, return to the main timeline and Adjust the speed on the nest sequence. There are several other effects that cannot be mixed in a single clip, and nesting solves this problem.

Bypass the nesting sequence

Use the nesting sequence to add multiple effects to a clip.

Work smarter, not harder! Think ahead of time how you will structure your projects and use nested sequences where you can. Nested sequences keep your projects organized, professional, and streamlined.

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