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Lift & Extract in Premiere Pro: Moving Clips

Getting the right portions of selected clips from one sequence to another is simple in Premiere Pro using the ‘Lift’ & ‘Extract’ options.  Here’s how to use this timesaving tool.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Sometimes it’s useful to seperate cameras into sequences of their own to simply the editing process.  You may want to put all the media clips from one camera end-to-end in a single sequence and call it “Camera 1″.  Of course, this may result in multiple sequences each representing different cameras.

The question then is how to grab footage from each of these sequences and bring them into a master sequence for the main edit.  You could select clips and cut/paste them into the master sequence, but more often than not you don’t want whole clips.  Instead, what you need is select portions of clips.

You could nest each of these sequences into the main sequence, but this is a very difficult way of working and not recommended.

This is where the “Lift and Extract” option comes into play in Premiere Pro.  In this post, we’ll take a look at how to use Lift and Extract, a quick way of moving portions of clips around from one sequence to another.  Before we start, it’s worth noting that some people don’t like to have a work area bar and a time ruler in the sequence/timeline window and just like to work with IN and OUT points. Did you know you can turn both of them off in Premiere Pro CS6? Just go to the panel menu and un-check these options.

Options to Un-Check to De-Clutter Timeline


The end result is that your timeline looks like this (you don’t have to do it, but it certainly leads to a cleaner looking timeline):

After Un-Checking Options


Now, it’s just a case of going through your footage with the sequence selected and choosing IN (shortcut is i) and OUT (shortcut is o) points in the TIMELINE of the ‘camera’ sequences.  This can include as much or as little of the clips as you’d like, and doesn’t have to be complete clips.

IN and OUT Point Selected In The Timeline


In Premiere Pro, the ‘Lift’ & ‘Extract’ buttons are found here in the Program Monitor:

LIFT & EXTRACT Buttons in the Program Monitor


LIFT (keyboard shortcut is ; ) will copy the clip to your clipboard and remove the selected portion from the timeline, leaving a hole in the timeline shown below:



Whereas EXTRACT (keyboard shortcut is #) will copy the clip to your clipboard, remove the selected portion from the timeline AND close up the resulting hole as shown below:

EXTRACT (with gap closed)


The useful thing about this is the exact portion you wanted from the original ‘camera sequence’ is now on your clipboard and ready for you to paste it into your main sequence.

At this point you may get a little worried that while it will paste in, it will overwrite whatever is present in your master sequence.  You may feel the need to do an INSERT edit rather than an OVERWRITE edit.

Instead of just doing the normal shortcut for paste (on a Mac it’s Command and V, on a PC it’s Control and V), simply add a SHIFT to the combination and you will end up with an insert edit of the clips you lifted or extracted from your camera sequence.  This will push the existing footage down the timeline to make room for the copied clips.

SHIFT + CNT/CMD + V = Insert Edit of All Clips From the Clipboard


Use Lift & Extract in Premiere Pro to move portions of the clips you want into a new timeline with ease.

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  • disqus_OCMbXyTZmS

    Why is there not a way to copy and paste using IN and OUT while preserving the source track? I normally make a “master” timeline with all footage, then I make a selects timeline, and to get those selects, I’d like to copy and paste between IN and OUT points without extracting the material (like the lift). That way, the producers can still have their full “master” timeline to refer to.

    • Guest

      Best option is simply to have CMD+Z at the ready so you can quickly undo the cut. CMD+Z will still respect your clipboard contents so you’re safe there. What they need to do is add a modifier option.. “CMD+;” to copy, “;” to cut (or similar). Hopefully soon…

      • Andreas Lindhé

        Thank you – that helped me a lot in my work! :)

  • Prevedovich

    I hit ; or # and nothing happens. Some ideas?

  • Michael Cox

    I’d sure like to know how to do the above while preserving the original sequence. I want to add a portion of an existing sequence to a promo sequence, while not adding cuts into the original. I cannot use Lift or Extract and then command Z because using that undo command undoes the last action, which is to paste the copied or cut selection into the new timeline! The only way around it that I’ve discovered is to use command K to slice into the original sequence, copy the bit you’ve sliced onto the new timeline. But you are left with two or more cuts in the original timeline, which are unnecessary and may cause issues later on, as with colour grading a single clip which has now been cut into pieces. Any suggestions welcome.

    • Jason Bowdach

      DId you ever resolve this? Could you not lifeextract, undo, then paste?

  • Michael Cox

    The new command could be called COPY TO CLIPBOARD and would work as Andrew writes above but would not change the original sequence.

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