Premiere: Moving Clips Between Projects

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Since, like, forever, we could only open one project at a time in Premiere. Now, with the release of Productions, it is trivial to open one, two or six projects at the same time.

This raises the question: How do we move files from one project to the next?

First, open both projects in Premiere and go to the source project.

There are three ways to move files:

  1. Copy / Paste. Select the clips you want to move and copy them (Cmd + C). Switch to the new project and paste (Cmd + V).
  2. Drag them. Select the clips you want to move, drag them to the name of the new project, and WAIT for it to open. Continue dragging them into the newly opened project.
  3. Drag from the Source monitor. Open the clip into the Source monitor. Open the project you want to move it into in the Project panel. Drag the clip from the Source monitor into the project.


If you are not using Productions, Premiere will create a new master clip in the new project. If you are using Productions, the master clip will remain with the original project.

Here’s an article with my “Thoughts on Productions.”

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4 Responses to Premiere: Moving Clips Between Projects

  1. James says:

    Hi Larry. When I copy and paste a sequence between open projects the clips are duplicated in the destination project, which I don’t want. I can’t tell why this is happening. Please let me know if there is a salutation. THANK YOU

    • James says:

      *solution. (obv)

    • Tyra says:

      Hey James, I may be wrong here, but your issue is actually exactly what Larry has described. However, I think Larry missed out something to make this explanation work as intended. What they have explained will result in adding clips to the secondary project’s Project Panel, which is what you successfully did James.

      I think what Larry meant to clarify, was to drag/copy the clips from the primary project into the an open timeline in the secondary project. This way will only bring in the clips to that sequence, and will leave no copy of the source media in the secondary project’s Project Panel.

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