How to Merge Clips in Premiere: 4 Easy Methods

By Eva Williams 19 days ago, Software reviews

No matter whether you like recording videos for personal needs or do it professionally, you are likely to face the necessity of combining several pieces into a longer movie. Though this process isn’t that simple, I will share useful ideas on how to fulfill this task in Adobe Premiere.

Method 1. Merging Video Clips Using the Project Panel

Adobe Premiere has a special feature called Merge Clips, which allows combining audio and video fragments into a coherent film. In fact, it makes the process smooth and quick even if the source files were recorded with different devices.

Following this method, you can choose a clip and sync it with 16 channels of audio without impediments. The constituents of a larger video are called component clips.

Step 1. Select the Needed Clips

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Start Adobe Premiere Pro and navigate to the top menu bar. Click File > New. Thus, you will create a new project. Next, upload video pieces you want to combine by choosing File > Import.

All uploaded files are displayed in the Project panel. Drag and drop them onto the timeline and choose videos for merging. Alternatively, you can press and hold Shift and select clips one by one. This works best if you don’t need all videos on the list.

Step 2. Merge the Selected Clips

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Right-click on the selected clips. There will appear a drop-down menu – choose Merge Clips there. You will see the corresponding dialog box with the list of available synchronization options:

Based on the In point: For launching sync based on the In point, e.g., at the clap of the slate.

Based on the Out point: For initiating sync based on the Out point, e.g., at the clap of the tail slate.

Based on matching timecode: To start synchronization of clips with a common timecode.

Based on clip markers: For detecting a sync point based on a numbered clip marker in the middle of the shot. This function is inactive unless all components have at least one numbered marker.

Step 3. Drag the Clip onto the Timeline

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Click OK. The finished clip is located in the Project panel. You can proceed with further adjustments right in this program. For example, you can rotate video in Premiere Pro and perform other changes.

Now you know an easy method of how to merge clips in Premiere Pro. If you don’t feel like making more serious edits yourself, delegate this task to professionals. They can adjust audio, add cool effects, etc.

Method 2. Synchronizing Video Clips

This process actually involves aligning several clips in the Timeline panel. Then, you can get down to merging. This method is rarely described in Adobe Premiere Pro CC tutorials, but I’d like to focus on it.

Step 1. Add the Clips to the Timeline

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Drag all the pieces onto the timeline.

Step 2. Synchronize the Clips

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Select the files and click Clip > Synchronize. You will see the Sync dialog box. The list of available options consists of Clip Start, Clip End, Timecode, Clip Marker, and Audio. Choose the one you like and click OK. Now you have synced videos.

Method 3. Merging Audio Clips in Premiere

The program is capable of adding multiple audio tracks to one video, which is a real lifesaver if you used different microphones, e.g., during an interview, and now need to make a coherent clip. Besides, you can drag & drop your pieces onto the timeline without considering time intervals and the program will automatically arrange them to match up with the video.

Step 1. Import the Audio Files

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Open audio files by choosing File > Import or holding down Ctrl+I. You can add one or several sounds to your video. The maximum number of audio files you can insert is 16, including combos of mono (equals 1 track) stereo (equals 2 tracks), and surround 5.1 clips (equals 6 tracks).

Step 2. Order the Clips

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Drag and drop clips onto the timeline and arrange them in the needed order.

Step 3. Bring the Clips Closer

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Place audio files as close as possible.

Step 4. Merge Audio Clips

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Right-click "Merge Clips". There will appear the Merge Clips dialog box. Select the needed setting and click "OK".

Method 4. Merging Clips in Adobe Express?

Hope you figured out how to merge clips in Premiere Pro. Keep in mind that you can do the same in Adobe Creative Cloud Express. The program has a straightforward interface and many handy features. In fact, it is best suited for total newbies who strive to learn the ropes of video editing.

Step 1. Open Adobe Express

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Head to the Adobe Express website. Click “Merge your MP4 videos” and register. The process is identical both on desktops and mobile devices. You need to import your clips and initiate merging.

Step 2. Upload the Videos

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Once the merging window appears, you need to drag and drop your files. Or, you can click the “Upload” button to do the same. Keep in mind that you can work with videos that last no more than 60 minutes.

Step 3. Edit the Clips

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You can edit every file independently. Use the Trim tool to define when one clip finishes and combines with the next video. You can get very accurate results by moving the handlebars across the timeline. If you want to have a video without sound, you should select the Mute option.

Step 4. Change the Clips’ Order

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You can rearrange files by selecting them with the left mouse button hold down.

Pro Tip

Use the Flip Screen option to fill the frame for content that is vertical or cropped. Drag the frame to ensure all important objects are in focus in all video fragments.

Step 5. Specify the Size

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Using Adobe Express, you can also resize your videos. Actually, there are 3 available options but they suit most scenarios. So, you can select Landscape (16:9), Portrait (9:16), or Square (1:1) when merging clips.

Step 6. Download the Video

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Once you are done merging videos in Adobe Creative Cloud Express, you can save your creation by clicking Download. Besides, you can instantly share it with your followers or relatives.

Bonus Tools

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Correcting colors in videos is a truly complicated and tiresome process. Fortunately, it is possible to expedite it with the help of professional LUTs. I have selected the best tools that you can use to tweak colors in your videos quickly and effortlessly. First off, install LUTs in Premiere and get down to the creative part.

FAQ

  • • Why can’t I perform Adobe Premiere merge clips?

Have a look at the Merge Clips box. If it is greyed out, there are no video and audio files in the Project Window. So, you need to import them to the program. After that, there will be no difficulties with merging clips.

  • • What does nesting mean in Premiere Pro?

By nesting clips in the program, you can use a while sequence as a clip. When done properly, such an operation allows achieving fantastic results with minimum time spent. Video editing specialists frequently resort to nesting when they need to combine a series of short sequences into a master sequence. 

  • • How do delete and ripple delete in Premiere Pro differ?

Using the delete feature, you will remove a clip and end up with a gap. The ripple effect option doesn’t leave a gap.

  • • Is Premiere Pro demanding on hardware?

The software has a scalable architecture, so its performance depends on the speed of the entire system, which, in turn, is influenced by the tasks you are fulfilling. Adobe recommends users to have at least 4GB of RAM per core for multicore setups. In case you usually use several professional programs simultaneously, you’d better embed 16GB RAM into the case.

  • • What is a sequence in Premiere?

A sequence stands for several options in Adobe Premiere. In general, it denotes a separate timeline, which means a single clip is processed in a single sequence. Of course, you can try to edit several clips in a single sequence but I don’t recommend doing so. 

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