By Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS)
When filming, it is quite common to record high quality audio onto a separate external device rather than directly into your camera. While you may still use audio in your camera, often this isn’t the highest quality and can be considered to be ‘reference audio’.
This then leads to the need to be able to link the high quality audio from the external audio recording device with the footage from your camera and maybe even replace the camera audio with the high quality audio. This is where the Adobe’s Merge Clips command in Premiere Pro comes in.
Clips to Merge
To get to this command, simply select the clips that you wish to merge and right-click on one of the selected clips. Towards the bottom of the options menu you will find the ‘Merge Clips…’ command.
Selected Clips and ‘Merge Clips…’ Command
Once selected, a ‘Merge Clips’ dialogue box appears with a set of options.
Merge Clips Dialogue Box
The choices that you make in this box depend on how you have filmed your production. For example, if you have not use camera audio but instead used a clapper board, you may have chosen to create ‘In’ or ‘Out’ points on your clips (the video and the audio you wish to merge). If this is the case, then you would choose ‘In’ or ‘Out’ as appropriate. The internal processing needed to merge clips using ‘In’ or ‘Out’ points is fast with the exception of creating the appropriate ‘In’ or ‘Out’ points – accuracy depends on your selections.
If you have timecode locked your devices chose ‘Timecode’ which again will be fast choice.
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