If you are like me, you prefer to edit first, then color grade later; or edit first and apply effects later. This way, you avoid wasting time color correcting clips that never make the final edit. Except… working this way often means color grading the same clip multiple times in the Timeline.
The 2014 release of Premiere makes this a whole lot simpler by supporting “Master Clips.”
A “Master Clip” is a clip in the Project panel that serves as the source for one or more clips in the Timeline. A master clip can not be a sequence, multicam sequence, or bin. It can be audio, video, or a generated clip from inside Premiere. Basically, when you import a media clip into Premiere, it becomes a master clip without you needing to do anything special.
For example, here’s a dialog sequence between two women. (Footage courtesy: John Putch “Route 30, Too!” — www.route30trilogy.com). I deleted the audio to make this example easier to see, but the process is the same with or without audio.
The three highlighted shots are all from the same media clip in the Project panel; this is the “master” clip for those Timeline shots.
We can apply settings to a master clip by dragging an effect from the Effects panel to:
I’ve found it easiest to double-click a clip from the Project panel to load it into the Source Monitor in order to apply the effect.
NOTE: You can apply a single effect to multiple clips by first selecting them in the Project panel, then drag the effect from the Effects panel onto the selected clips in the Project panel. You can NOT create a master clip by dragging an effect into any clip in the Timeline.
Here, for example, I’m applying a Bleach Bypass look. (Lumetri Looks > Cinematic > Bleach Bypass 1)
Drag the effect you want to apply to the Source Monitor (NOT to a clip in the Timeline). See the word “Source” in the top right corner of the monitor?
Instantly, all the Timeline clips that use that source footage are changed. (This is a different Timeline clip that is taken from the same Source clip and displayed in the Program Monitor.)
NOTE: You will see the change in the Program Monitor, not the thumbnails associated with each clip.
You can apply an effect to a master clip either before or after it is edited into the Timeline. This allows you to color correct a clip before editing it, which can save time later.
Adobe adds: To view or adjust the master clip effect from a sequence clip, use the Match Frame feature. The master clip for that sequence clip is loaded into the Source monitor. Double-clicking a sequence clip loads just that segment, and not the master clip. The Effect Controls Panel then shows the track item’s effects and not the master clip’s effects.
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