Organize with Subclips in Adobe Premiere Pro

Organize with Subclips in Adobe Premiere Pro

A standard editing technique is to take longer clips and chunk them up into smaller pieces called subclips. Often times you can subclip a long interview into shorter responses or a long B-roll clip into specific shots.

Remember, this is nondestructive editing. All of the original longer clips still exist. All you’ve done is create a pointer file to a smaller portion of the media (without duplicating the media on your hard drive).

Here’s how to create subclips right inside the Source panel:

  1. Load a clip by double-clicking it in the bin.
  2. Navigate the clip with the buttons or the J-K-L keys.
  3. Mark In and Out points using the I and O keys.
  4. When you have the desired region, choose Clip > Make Subclip. You can also press Cmd+U.
  5. Enter a name for the clip and click OK. The clip is automatically added to the same bin as the source clip.


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  1. Jeff Handy

    Subclips really act strangely in Premiere, though. When you add one to a timeline, you get all of the original audio and only the video marked with in/out. Also, if you open a subclip in the viewer, you can’t navigate to the in or out set. What’s up with that? When you go to export a subclip, the in and out aren’t respected. That makes batch exporting a bin of subclips impossible. Adobe clearly needs to do a lot more work on this functionality. Do you experience the same issues?

  2. Lizi

    I am still having the same issues in October 2015. Has anyone been able to come up with a solution? I feel like this is a super important aspect of editing unscripted material. As an editor who works with unscripted material a lot I have NO idea why this is not yet fixed!

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