Importing sequences, clip lists, and compositions

Learn how to import sequences and clips from other Premiere Pro projects, including importing After Effects compositions.

Importing earlier Premiere Pro projects

You can add the contents of a project made with earlier version of Premiere Pro on either Mac OS or Windows. In addition, on Windows, you can import a project made with earlier versions of Premiere Pro. The imported project’s clips and sequences are added to the Project panel in a bin named after the imported project. The bin hierarchy of the imported project is maintained within its new bin. Discontinued transitions and effects are not maintained. Use caution when importing a project into another project with a different time base or audio sample rate, because these differences may affect edit positioning and audio quality.

Importing a project into another project is the only way to transfer its complete sequence and clip information.

Also, you can open projects made with Premiere Pro for Windows, including any contents that may have been imported from earlier versions, in Premiere Pro for Mac OS.


In earlier versions of Adobe Premiere, storyboards were stored in files independent of project files. Premiere Pro contains all storyboard features within the Project panel. On Windows, you can import storyboard files created in earlier versions by choosing File > Import.

Import selected sequences from Premiere Pro projects

You can import one or more sequences of your choosing from another Premiere Pro project.



To make the assets for a sequence easy to import with the sequence, first consolidate the project that contains the sequence. Collect the files and copy them to a new location with the Project Manager.  

  1. Select File > Import, and browse to the project file containing the desired sequence or sequences, and select them.
  2. Click Open.
  3. In the Import Project dialog box, choose whether to import the entire project or selected sequences, and click OK.
  4. In the Import Premiere Pro Sequence dialog box, select each sequence you want to import, and click OK.

Import a Premiere Elements project (Windows only)

  1. Select File > Open Project.
  2. Browse to an Adobe Premiere Elements project file, with file extension PREL.
  3. Click Open.

Premiere Pro converts the Premiere Elements project file to a Premiere Pro project file.

Importing After Effects compositions

You can import After Effects compositions like any other supported file type by using the File > Import command. You can export a Premiere Pro project file from After Effects and open it for editing in Premiere Pro. You can also copy and paste layers and assets between Premiere Pro and After Effects.

You can create or import After Effects compositions by using Adobe Dynamic Link. You can also select clips in a Premiere Pro timeline and replace them with an After Effects composition via Adobe Dynamic Link. Adobe Dynamic Link allows changes made to a file in either application to appear in both, instantaneously, without a need for rendering.


To move an After Effects project from another computer to the one on which you are running Premiere Pro, make sure to move all the files associated with the After Effects project.

Import After Effects compositions

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Select File > Import, and browse to the desired AEP file.

    • Select File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Import After Effects Composition.

  2. Select the AEP file and click Open.

    If the After Effects project contains more than one composition, the Import After Effects Composition dialog opens.

  3. Select one or more compositions. Shift-click to select contiguous compositions. Ctrl-click (Windows), or Command-click (Mac OS) to select non-contiguous clips.

Premiere Pro imports the selected After Effects compositions and places them into the Project panel. If you selected more than one composition. Premiere Pro creates a bin with the name of the AEP file, and places the compositions within that bin.

Import CMX3600 EDL projects

You can import project files in the EDL file format.

  1. Select File > Import, and browse to the project file containing the desired EDL file, and select it.
  2. Click Open.


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