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What is a Subclip? How to Make Subclips in Premiere Pro?

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Jun 11, 2024• Proven solutions

If you want to manage or edit a section of a master video separately in a project, the sub-section created is known as subclips. The subclips are used for organizing the long media files. As you work with the master clips on the timeline panel, similarly, you can work with the subclips as well. The starting and the ending point dictate the editing and trimming of a subclip.

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Part 1: How to Make Subclips in Premiere Pro

The subclips can be created from other subclips or source clips and are made up from a single long media file. In order to make subclips on Premiere Pro, open a clip on the source monitor by double-clicking on it from the project panel. Next, set the in and out points for subclips on the source monitor and note that it must differ from the source clips. If not both, either in or out must vary from source clips in and out points. Here are a few ways in which you may create subclips in Premiere Pro-

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  • Firstly, select a clip and then make subclip by entering a subclip’s name and click OK.
  • From the Project Panel, you can Ctrl+Drag on Windows and Command+Drag on MAC OS to type the name, create a subclip and hit OK. If you want to know more shortcuts of Premiere Pro, here is a offocial list for you.
  • You can see the subclip on the Project Panel in the form of an icon for subclip. As per the media type, the icon differs.
  • There’s an option to retain the in and out points of the original master clip by resetting them in the Source Monitor when the master clip is previewed by you.
  • You can also get a subclip from the master clip when you select the Source clip in the Source Monitor or Project panel and choose the clip, then edit the subclip, and finally, set the media start time and end time for the subclip.

Part 2: How to Change Subclip Start and End Time

In the Project Panel, firstly select the subclip and then choose the clip to edit the subclip. Finally, set the start time and the end time while you edit the subclip. If you select a subclip’s instance in the Project Panel, new start and end points cannot be set if it is within the instance start and end points. The limit helps in preventing the loss of frames used in the sequence.

subclips start end time

You may also convert a subclip to a master clip by

  • Selecting the clip
  • Editing the subclip
  • Converting to Master Clip,
  • Selecting Ok


The key to the post-production workflow is Organization. If you need to organize, import, and log your footage from long media files, and work on Timeline and Project panels to work on a section of the master clip, it is very important to know about the subclip and how to create it in the Premiere Pro. As you know, what are subclips and how to create it easily, use it for referencing subtle sections of long master clips.

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Benjamin Arango
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