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FAQ: Merged Clips Versus Multicam Process: Which to use?

Community Expert ,
Nov 04, 2022 Nov 04, 2022

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The terms used make it sound like the Merge Clips option is the better one for joining a video file with a separately recorded audio file. But that is NOT the actual intended use! "Merge clips" is a very limited tool that is not what is to be used for permanently joining video & audio.


Here's a quick bit from the introduction chapter of their best document explaining setup and operation of projects within Premiere Pro ... not just for 'long-form' users ...



Merge Clips No No Statement.PNG

In fact, the full document is available for download here in pdf ...

Adobe Long-form and Episodic Best Practices Guide


And is highly recommended reading for all users.


Among the problems using Merged clips, two really stand out:

  • Merged Clips are not usable in XML/EDL workflows as the audio clip is not referenced.
  • Many editing shortcuts & processes such as "top & tail" edits (Q and W keyboard shortcuts) do not work with Merged clips but do with multicam clips.


For example ... you can have a bin with ten different video files, and ten separately recorded audio files, one from each shooting session. Select them all, right-click, "Create Multicam", and you will get ten different multicam "sequences" that you can use as clips.


This is the best video file/audio file "merge" process for nearly all uses.





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