Tip #1699: The Secret Nest Switch

… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #1699: The Secret Nest Switch

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Edit sequences you don’t want to change as a single element.

This switch determines if a nest is added to the timeline as a single “clip,” or a group of clips.

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Hidden in plain sight in the top left corner of the timeline is the “Nest Switch.”

A nest is a sequence contained in another sequence. There are a wide variety of uses:

  • Reusing an open between programs
  • Cleaning up a timeline
  • Preventing accidental changes to a completed section
  • And many others

An easy way to add one sequence into another is to drag it from the Project panel into the timeline.

NOTE: You can also use the traditional keyboard shortcuts of comma and period.

When the switch, indicated by the red arrow in the screen shot, is blue, the sequence edits into the timeline as a single element. This makes it harder to make changes to the contents of the sequence.

When the switch is white, the sequence is edited into the timeline as individual clips. This simplifies making changes.


To see the contents of a nest, simply double-click it. That opens it into its own timeline for editing.

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