Adobe Premiere: Three Ways To Add Clips To the Timeline

The timeline is where all the video you shot comes together. You start off a project with video footage and end it with a movie, created in the timeline. Here are three ways to add video clips to the timeline.

Drag It From The Bin

The simplest and quickest way to get clips to the timeline is to directly drag them from the project's bin. In the old days of editing when film had to be literally cut and spliced, all the film for the project was stored in a bin. Non-linear editing programs use this concept on the computer and provide you with place to store your video files, titles, sound effects, and anything else you can put on your timeline for quick use. When you want to add the clip to your timeline all you need to do is drag it from the bin.

Drag It From the Source Monitor

Editing directly from the bin to the timeline can get a little messy and time consuming. An easier way is to find the portion of the video that you want to use in the source monitor. Just double click the video clip you wish to work with in the bin in order to open it in the source monitor. Then you can set an 'In Point' on the clip for where you want your edit to begin and you can set an 'Out Point' for where you want the edit to end. You can then drag the clip from the source monitor to the timeline. Also, if you drag a clip from the bin that has "In" and "Out" points set then only the video from those points will appear in the timeline.

Remember, the timeline is your final movie, you want to keep it as neat and organized as possible. Using the source monitor to create 'In' and 'Out' points helps you achieve that.

Copy and Paste

Let's say you want to play a clip back on a loop. You can keep dragging the same clip to the timeline over and over again. Or you can use your keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste that video. It's a much quicker way.

However you choose to add clips to your timeline is up to you. Just remember that you should keep everything organized and neat. This begins by watching all of your video clips and giving it clear names. Every editor should have complete knowledge of the video they're working with before they drag the first clip to the timeline.

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