Linking Clips in Adobe Premiere

Adobe Premiere provides you with powerful timeline management features, such as the ability to manipulate a linked clip or lock tracks on the timeline. In Adobe Premiere, linked clips are clips that contain both an audio and video portion in the clip item. Working with linked clips in Adobe Premiere is a simple process, and this handy how-to guide will show you everything you need to know.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Adobe Premiere installed
  • Footage to edit

Step 1: Launch Adobe Premiere

Open Adobe Premiere on your computer.

Step 2: Open the Project

Open the Adobe Premiere project that contains the clips you want to work with on the timeline. Alternatively, you can create a new project and import clips that have audio and video tracks that can be edited on the timeline.

Step 3: Identify a Linked Clip in Your Project Viewer

In Adobe Premier, you can easily recognize clips types by the icon that is displayed by the clip name. Clips that contain video only data will be represented by a icon that resembles a short piece of film. Audio clips will be represented by an icon that contains a small speaker. Linked clips, or clips that contain audio and video data, will have an icon next to them that has a picture of a piece of film and the small speaker.

Step 4: Recognize Linked Clips on the Timeline

When you drag a linked clip onto the timeline as a sequence in Adobe Premier, the linked clip will appear as two different object tracks. But, the audio and video components of the clip will be shown in the appropriate track sections unless you specify that you want the linked clip to be shown as a single object. However, the default behavior for Adobe Premier is to show a linked clip as two separate objects.

In the timeline, the audio track will be labeled with an 'A', and the video track will be labeled with  a 'V' to make identifying the tracks easy. Also, if you look to the far left-hand side of the timeline screen, you can also tell what type of track is being viewed by the track description. For instance, a normal linked clip will contain one video track and two audio tracks. The video track will use the name of the clip in the project viewer, and the two audio tracks will be named Audio 1 and Audio 2 respectively.

Step 5: Working with Linked Clips in the Timeline

Whenever you drag the video track of a link clip into a different position on the timeline, the audio tracks will automatically snap to the same position as the video track. This makes keeping the linked clip in sync easier, and also helps to avoid mistakes that could be caused by forgetting to move the audio track.

Step 6: Editing Linked Clips

Generally speaking, any types of edits that you perform on a linked clip will affect both the audio and video portions of the clip. Therefore, if you trim, delete or perform other duration type edits, both pieces of the linked clip will be affected in the same way.

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