… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Tip #574: The Power of Master Clips
Changes to a Master clip affect all its clips in the timeline.
This article first appeared in MotionArray.com. This is an excerpt.
If you’re like most video editors, you chop little bits out of your main clips to add to your timeline. Sometimes, you end up using a few different bits out of the same file in various places on your main video. What usually happens then is that you make changes to each separate piece on your timeline.
But here’s the beauty of Master Clip effects. You can make changes to the full original media clip, then when you drag a clip out of it onto your timeline, the changes travel with it. This is a huge time saver, as it means that you really only have to apply the effect to the original file instead of making multiple little edits on bits of pieces of the same file!
- Simply double-click your video file in the Project Manager to load it into the Source monitor.
- Next, drag the effects you want to apply from the Effects panel into the Source Monitor.
- Switch to the Effect Controls panel and adjust as you normally would. You can watch your changes in the Program Monitor, if you select a clip in the timeline that is derived from that Master clip.
The changes will be applied across your project, to whichever clips come from that file – even if they are already edited into the timeline. Quick and easy!
To remove effects applied to a master clip, right-click the file name in the Project panel and choose Disable Masterclip Effects.