Insert one sequence into another sequence to perform simple but powerful editing workflows.

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What you learned: Use a sequence as a source clip

What is sequence nesting?

Place one sequence in another sequence to nest it. This lets you apply effects and edit the nested sequence as a single clip rather than modifying the multiple clips inside it.

Nested sequences continue to be editable.

Changes made to the nested sequence update dynamically in the other sequence.

Nest a sequence

Make sure that the Insert And Overwrite Sequences As Nest Or Individual Clips button in the Timeline is enabled.

To nest a sequence in another sequence, use the same editing techniques you might use to edit a clip into the sequence, including those described below.

Create a nested sequence from clips already in a sequence

  1. Select the clips you want to include in the new nested sequence.
  2. Right-click the selected clips, and choose Nest.
  3. Enter a name for the new sequence, and click OK.

The new nested sequence replaces the selected clips in the current sequence and appears in the Project panel.

Open a nested sequence to edit it

Nested sequences are still regular, editable sequences that you can open by double-clicking:

  • Double-click the sequence in the Project panel.
  • Double-click the nested sequence clip in the Timeline.

Edit the contents of a sequence into another sequence

If the Insert And Overwrite Sequences As Nest Or Individual Clips button in the Timeline is disabled, editing a sequence into another sequence causes the individual clips to be added.

Tip: Put all the clips for a scene into a sequence, and use that sequence as a source clip for your main sequence. This way, sequences can provide a new way to explore your footage.

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