How to overlay clips in premiere

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How to overlay clips in premiere
Adobe Premiere Pro is editing software used in film production. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Premiere is short for Adobe Premiere Pro, a video-editing software used by professional and amateur filmmakers to produce everything from commercials to feature length films. The overlay tool lets users place a specific video or audio clip in a designated track on the editing timeline with a click of a button. Each version has the same process for overlaying a clip. The only exception is that in Premiere CS5 and Premiere CS5.5, the tool is called overwrite instead of overlay. However, the instructions for using the tool remain the same.

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  1. 1

    Double-click on a video or audio clip in the project panel to open it in the source monitor.

  2. 2

    Place the current-time indicator in the sequence you are viewing in the source monitor exactly where you want your clip to start.

  3. 3

    Select the track(s) to the left of the timeline where you would like your clip to overlay. Clicking on the track(s) titles such as Video 1, Video 2 or Audio 1 until highlighted grey will select the track.

  4. 4

    Drag the source clip track indicators to the tracks where you plan to overlay the clip.

  5. 5

    Click on the overlay button or the overwrite button in Premiere CS5 and CS5.5. Both are just below the source monitor and indicated by a symbol of a downward arrow over a grey line. The clip should now be overlaid to the track(s) you selected.

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