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Applying Specialized Editing Tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

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This excerpt from Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to use Rolling Edit, Slide, Slip, Lift and Extract to simplify certain tasks.

Replacing a clip and replacing footage

Sometimes you may want to replace a clip with another clip and have the new clip fit in the same place and inherit all the effects of the original clip. For example, you may create an opening sequence for wedding videos that you use over and over for new projects. By replacing the clip with a new clip, you can save a lot of time by not having to rebuild the opening sequence from scratch.

Adobe Premiere Pro provides two ways to do this: Replace Clip and Replace Footage. You’ll explore them both.

Using the Replace Clip feature

Let’s start with the Replace Clip feature:

  1. Open Lesson 08-02.prproj.
  2. Play the Timeline. Notice that the same clip is played twice as a picture-in-picture (PIP). The clip has some motion effects that cause it to spin onto the screen and then spin off. You will learn how to create these effects in a later lesson.

    You want to replace the first PIP clip (bike low shot.mov) in the Video 2 track with a new clip called multicam_03.mov. But you don’t want to have to re-create all the effects and timing. This is a great scenario for using the Replace Clip feature.

  3. Locate the multicam_03.mov clip, and drag it on top of the first bike low shot.mov clip. Do not drop it yet. Notice that it is longer than the clip on the Timeline.
  4. Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS). Notice that the replacement clip now becomes the exact length of the clip it is replacing. Release the mouse button to complete the Replace Clip function.
  5. Play the Timeline. Notice the first PIP clip has the same effects but is using the new footage. The second PIP clip remains unchanged.

Using the Replace Footage feature

The Replace Footage feature in Adobe Premiere Pro replaces footage in the Project panel. This can be a huge benefit when you need to replace a clip that recurs several times in a sequence or multiple sequences. When you use Replace Footage, all instances of the clip you replace are changed anywhere the original clip was used in any sequence in the project.

  1. Press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac OS) to undo the Replace Clip function you just performed. Play the Timeline to see the original bike low shot. mov clip being used in both picture-in-picture instances.
  2. Select the bike low shot.mov clip in the Project panel.
  3. Right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac OS) the bike low shot.mov clip, and choose Replace Footage from the menu that appears.
  4. Navigate to the Lessons/Assets folder, select the bike rides into frame.mov file, and click Select (Windows) or Open (Mac OS).
  5. Play the Timeline, and notice that both PIP clips were replaced with the new footage while they maintained their timing and effects.
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