Editing the Content of One Sequence into Another Without Nesting It

Instead of nesting one sequence inside another, you can simply edit the clips of a sequence into another sequence.

Editing Sequence Content Versus Nesting

To help you understand how it works, suppose Sequence A has the following content edited into it:

Figure. Timeline window showing Squence A.

If you drag Sequence A into the Canvas to edit it into Sequence B, the resulting nested sequence typically has one video track and two audio tracks (assuming Sequence A has two audio output channels).

Figure. Timeline window showing Sequence A nested in Sequence B.

If you hold down the Command key while dragging Sequence A into the Canvas, you’ll edit the clips contained within Sequence A into Sequence B. So each clip in Sequence A is still an individual clip in Sequence B. This allows for more flexibility should you want to make changes to any clips that are in Sequence A. However, future changes in Sequence A have no effect on Sequence B; Sequence B does not automatically update to reflect the changes.

Figure. Timeline window showing that using the Command key results in individual clps being copied into the destination clip.

Editing Clips from One Sequence into Another

This section describes how you can edit clips from one sequence into another sequence. There are a few different methods:

  • Edit content from the Viewer using the Canvas Edit Overlay or corresponding keyboard shortcuts.

  • Hold down the Command key while dragging clips directly into the Timeline.

You can drag content from the Browser to the Timeline, or use three-point editing rules. You can also create split edits from one sequence to another.

To edit all content from one sequence into another using the Canvas Edit Overlay
  1. Open your destination sequence (where the copied clips will go) in the Timeline, then set an In point for the incoming clips by doing one of the following:

    • Position the playhead in the Timeline.

    • Set an In point in the Timeline or Canvas.

      Figure. Timeline window showing an in point set where clips should appear from the source sequence.
  2. If necessary, create additional tracks for each track present in the source sequence.

    Important: If you don’t create additional tracks, only clips on V1, A1, and A2 will be copied from the source sequence.

  3. Hold down the Command key, then drag your source sequence (the sequence you want to copy clips from) from the Browser or the Viewer to the Overwrite or Insert section of the Canvas Edit overlay.

    Figure. Timeline window showing that the content of the source sequence is edited into the active sequence.
To edit all content from one sequence into another using keyboard shortcuts
  1. Open your destination sequence (where the copied clips will go) in the Timeline, then set an In point for the incoming clips by doing one of the following:

    • Position the playhead in the Timeline.

    • Set an In point in the Timeline or Canvas.

  2. If necessary, create additional tracks for each track present in the source sequence.

    If you don’t create additional tracks, only clips on V1, A1, and A2 will be copied from the source sequence.

  3. In the Browser, select the sequence you want to copy clips from (the source sequence).

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To perform an insert edit: Press Command-F9.
    • To perform an overwrite edit: Press Command-F10.

The content of the source sequence is edited into the destination sequence in the Timeline.

To edit content from one sequence into another by dragging it into the Timeline
  1. In the Timeline, open the destination sequence (where the copied clips will go) by clicking the sequence’s tab.

  2. If necessary, create additional tracks for each track present in the source sequence.

    Important: If you don’t create additional tracks, only clips in V1, A1, and A2 will be copied from the source sequence.

  3. Drag a sequence from either the Browser or the Viewer to the area of the Timeline you want to edit the content into.

    Figure. Timeline window showing a highlighted area where the content of the source sequence will go.
  4. Keeping the mouse button held down, press the Command key.

  5. Keeping the Command key held down, release the mouse button.

    The content of the sequence you dragged is edited into the currently active sequence in the Timeline, with all clips appearing individually.

    Figure. Timeline window showing that the content of a sequence is edited in the currently active sequence.