Combine Clips in Adobe Premiere

Have you been looking for a way to combine clips in Adobe Premiere?  Well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, there is no way to do it.  That is to say, there is no provided function for this.  Despite the fact that there is a very easy way to split one clip into two, doing the reverse is not easy.  It is important to be able to do this, because you cannot adjust the settings for a video effect across multiple clips at once.  It is often that you have many clips shot in the same light, location, and time of day that you may want to adjust the picture for using an effect such as Image Control.  In order to do this without the pain of doing each one individually, you must combine these clips into one.

There is a way to accomplish this goal that is not too much of a burden.  My instructions are specifically based on Adobe Premiere Elements 10, but the basic idea should carry over to other versions.  First, set your work area to begin at the beginning of the first clip that you want to combine, and set the end of your work area to the end of the last clip.  Then you can switch to your “Share” workspace and generate a new video file of just the part of your project that lies within your workspace.  Do this by selecting “Computer” in the “Start a new share” menu, then checking the box on the next screen that says “Share WorkArea Bar Only.”  This will allow you to only export those clips that you wanted combined.  Of course, you will want to select all of the other settings on this screen according to your particular needs, then click “Save.”  Now, you can import the resulting video into your project and use that to replace all of the clips you wanted combined.

If you found this helpful, let me know.  I would love to hear from you.

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