Importing from projects with the Media Browser
You can import a whole project or individual clips and sequences using the Media Browser by browsing to a project file and opening it as if it were a folder.
Using the Media Browser to access the contents of project files this way allows you to browse the entire contents of the project, not just select sequences.
You can browse inside bins, select clips to import, and even view the contents of sequences.
When you want to import an item (including a sequence), drag it into your current project file, or right-click it and choose Import.
The beauty of this method is that though you’re browsing a “live” current version of the other project file, the contents are locked while browsing. This prevents any unintended changes being made to the other project.
Let’s try this.
In the Media Browser panel, browse to the Lessons folder and then double-click
Lesson 17 Desert Sequence.prproj to browse inside the project.
Double-click the Desert Montage sequence.
The sequence opens in the Source Monitor, just as you would expect a clip to—this is similar to dragging a sequence from the Project panel into the Source Monitor.
The sequence also opens in a new read-only Timeline panel; you can view the sequence, but you can’t make changes to it.
In the Timeline panel, the sequence name includes (Source Monitor), and the vertical line of the playhead is red to remind you that this is not a current project sequence and that the contents of the project file you are browsing in are protected.
You can import a whole sequence from the Media Browser by right-clicking it and choosing Import. You can also drag a clip or multiple clips from this Source Monitor Timeline panel into your Project panel.
If you position the read-only Timeline panel separately to your current sequence Timeline panel (rather than keeping them grouped), you can drag clips directly from the read-only source sequence to your current project sequence. You can even drag clips from the read-only Timeline panel into the current Project panel.
Opening multiple projects rather than browsing them
Earlier you opened two projects at once, allowing you to access the contents of both projects and copy or move clips and sequences between them.
Unlike browsing safely inside a project via the Media Browser where projects are locked, when you fully open multiple projects, they are all editable. This means you’ll want to be careful not to make unwanted changes, particularly if you’re opening someone else’s project using shared network-based storage to copy some contents from it. Changes made to open projects are saved in the project file.
Accepting that, opening multiple projects is fast and flexible, so provided you check the current project filename at the top of the Premiere Pro interface regularly, you’ll find you can quickly switch between the bins and Timeline panels of the various sequences you open.
Copying or moving sequences and clips between open projects is the same as working with multiple bins in the Project panel.