All about Adobe Premiere sequences

How to use the premiere pro timeline. Creating a new sequence, importing video, tools and features easily explained in 4 steps.

All about Adobe Premiere sequences

Creating a timeline, importing video, tools and features easily explained in 4 parts.

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Table of contents

1. Creating a new sequence

From project panel

One way to create a new sequence is to click here and select sequence.

This box pops up. Here you can select different presets to create your sequence. The sequence is the settings for video and audio that you want your finished video to have. Usually the same as the clips you’re working with. Mainly format (in this case 16×9 – 1920x1080px) , frame rate (in this case 25 fps, the EU standard) and audio settings.

In the US you might use this one with 29,97 fps instead.

On the Settings tab you can view and change the settings for the preset. 

Once you’ve created your sequence you can drag and drop your clip into it.

You can check or change the settings in Sequence > Sequence settings.

Dropping a clip

You can drag and drop a clip to your sequence area to create a sequence that matches the clip, the format and frame rate will be the same as your clip.

These are the settings for the sequence we’ve now created using this method.

To view the settings for your clip you can right-click and select properties.

Create a sequence from clip

Another way to also make a sequence that matches your clip is to right-click and select New Sequence from clip.

2. Tracks

You can add video tracks by right-clicking a video track and selecting add track.  The same for audio tracks.

And it ends up here.

Add tracks to add several tracks.

3. Track settings

On your video and audio tracks you can select a track for targeting. This means that when you copy and paste a clip on your timeline it will end up on that track.

When Video track 3 is selected – the video ends up here. The same goes for audio when you change the selected audio track.

The insert targeting for audio and video can be toggled on and off. If one of them is on you will only drag that type of media to the timeline.

So when I deselect V1 and drag my clip to the sequence only the audio shows up. And vice versa if i deselect A1.

Lock tracks

You can lock audio and video tracks so you dont accidentally move clips on those tracks.


You can mute the track.

Or solo it.

You can record audio to a track. After 3 seconds the recording starts from where you had the playhead on the timeline.

It stops when you press space. And then your audio file shows up on the timeline and in the project panel.

4. Tools


The playhead is where you play sequence from, and where you zoom in to.


Here you can change what shows on your sequence.


You can add a marker to write a comment to a specific time on your sequence.

When you hover over the marker you can see the text.

Linked selection

When Linked selection is checked video and audio will move together when you drag or shorten the clip (more on clips and using media in another post).

When Linked Selection is unchecked they move separate like this.


When Snap is checked video and audio will move will snap to other media on the timeline when close. The black line indicates the snapping. This saves you zooming in and lining up clips perfectly.

Insert and overwrites

When this is checked (green arrow) you can drag one sequence into another sequence as just one clip. The sequence within a sequence will also update if there is any changes inside of it. Purple arrow is the first sequence and the blue arrow is the new sequence.

With it.

Without it.

Hopefully these tips will help you to get started! Happy to answer any questions on mail or DM.

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