Switcher’s Guide to Premiere Pro – Clip Linking and Grouping
In this Premiere Pro tutorial we compare audio and video linking in Premiere Pro vs. Final Cut Pro. We also discuss Premiere Pro’s Group Function and how you can use it to extend your timeline functionality.
In Premiere Pro these are the ways to link audio and video clips together:
- Use the Clip Menu/Link or Unlink Command to Link 1 piece of Audio with 1 piece of Video. If the audio is in the video file, they will be linked automatically.
- If linked, these clips can be temporarily unlinked by holding the alt/opt key and clicking, moving, trimming, or cutting.
- Use the Clip Menu/Group or Ungroup Command to Link multiple pieces of Audio and/or Video. The clips will be dragged, trimmed (see video for how this works), or slipped together.
- If grouped, these can also be temporarily ungrouped by holding the alt/opt key and clicking, moving, trimming, or cutting.
- When comparing Premiere Pro with Final Cut, the real difference is the way you temporarily unlink audio and video (and of course the Group Function, which Final Cut lacks). In Final Cut, you use the button on the top right of the timeline to turn linking on or off. In Premiere Pro, you use the alt/opt key. Depending on the instance, I like each technique, and sometimes I find myself wishing for the other when in the opposite program. What do you guys think?
Credits: Thanks to John Gumaer for doing the intro sound design.