Changing Independent Clips to Affiliate Clips

If you have a sequence of independent clips, you can create new master clips for them in the Browser. This turns each independent clip into a clip affiliated with its new master clip. There are several reasons why you may have a sequence of independent clips:

To create a master clip from an independent clip in a sequence
  • Drag a clip from the sequence to the Browser to create a copy of it.

    The clip in the Browser automatically becomes a master clip, and the sequence clip you dragged becomes an affiliate of the master clip.

To create new master clips for an entire sequence of independent clips
  1. Do one of the following to define the scope of the Create Master Clips operation:

    • To create master clips corresponding to every clip in your project: Make sure nothing is selected in the Browser or the Timeline.
    • If you want to limit the creation of master clips to a specific group of clips or sequences: Select those clips or sequences.
  2. Choose Tools > Create Master Clips.

    Every independent clip in your project becomes associated with a master clip in one of two ways:

    • If a master clip linked to the same media already exists: Independent clips that are linked to the same source media on disk become affiliates of these preexisting master clips.
    • If no preexisting master clip matches an independent clip in your project: A new master clip is created for each independent clip that doesn’t match a preexisting master clip. All newly created master clips are placed in a new folder named Master clips for [Project Name].

If independent clips affiliated with master clips have conflicting shared properties, you are warned. For example, if two independent clips linked to the same source media file on disk have different names or Master Comment 1 information, a dialog appears giving you three choices:

When Can Independent Clips Become Affiliated with Existing Master Clips?

For an independent clip to become affiliated with a preexisting master clip when using the Create Master Clips command, the following criteria must be met:

  • The master clip must contain all tracks that are used by the independent clip.

  • The master clip must contain all of the frames used by the independent clip.

Essentially, all media used by the independent clip must exist in the master clip. However, it’s perfectly acceptable for a master clip to have more tracks or a longer duration than an affiliate clip.