Welcome to another in a series of Premiere Pro video tutorials presented by San Diego video production company BizVid Communications.  Today I’ll be showing you how to create a “nested” sequence.   A nested sequence is the combining of clips and titles into one manageable asset.  Nesting is also a great way to reduce the number of video layers in your timeline so that your project is more manageable. So let’s get started. 

To save time in this tutorial, I have already created my project and brought my assets into the timeline.  I have sized them, added a title.  Looks nice.  Okay, let’s say that my client has asked me to spin these pictures and title up from infinity over a nice gold background.  How can I do that? 

As you can see, each of these elements is on separate layers and positioned and sized independently.  Without “Nesting” to do what the client asks is a monumental task.  Each and every asset on the timeline would have to be scaled back, rotated, key framed….very time consuming.   It’s time to “Nest.”

As you can see, I have created the video look that my client wants.  I’ve sized the pictures and placed the title.  Next, I want to make them all one unit…..so, I select all video track…in this case I will use the shortcut key, control “A”.  Once selected, I’ll right click anywhere in the mass of clips, scroll down to “Nest” and click.  Here, I am given the option to name my new nested sequence so I think I will name in “L&H” and click ‘OK.”  Instantly in my Master Sequence, all clips and titles were combined into one manageable element.  And, at the same time, a Sequence called “L&H” was created.  I’ll talk about that in a minute.

Okay, now it’s time to create the effect that my client wants.  First, I will move the “Nested” sequence up to video track 2.  Next, I’ll bring in my Radial Gradient background and place in on video track 1.  To learn how to create this in the Premiere Pro Titler, be sure to see our tutorial on “Creating a Gradient background.”  Now, I’ll position my CTI at the beginning of the project and rotate and move the “Nested” sequence back and  out of site.  Now I’ll bring my CTI to the point where I want the effect to complete and bring my “Nested” sequence up to that point. And there you have it. 

This task is nearly impossible to do with the individual clips and title, but very easy with “Nesting” into one sequence.  So you might be asking, “What if I want to change something in the finished effect.  Do I have to start all over.”  My answer is “No.”  Simply go to the source Sequence…..in my case, “L&H”….make the change and that change will automatically show up in your finished project.  Happy editing.