Importing Projects into a Master Premiere Pro Project

Motion Array Premiere Pro November 30, 2018 2 min read

You might be wondering why you need to know how to import Premiere Pro projects into a Premiere Pro project. It might seem a little… odd. But if you’ve ever downloaded any of Motion Array’s text templates or transition templates, you know that they come downloaded as their own Premiere Pro projects and need to be imported into your master project.

Needless to say, if you’re going to be working in this favorite NLE, knowing how to import projects into an already started Premiere Pro project is a pretty good skill to understand. And, it’s really easy.

Part 1: What is Importing?

Let’s first start at the basics. Importing is simply the way you bring files that you already have saved on your computer or on an external hard drive (like the files you just downloaded from Motion Array 😉 ) into your Premiere Pro project. 

You can use the import function to bring anything from videos, photos, audio, text files (such as title templates), and even other Premiere Pro projects along with elements from After Effects. Basically, anything that you could need to make your next project amazing can be imported into Premiere Pro. You can import a single file, multiple files, or even a whole folder of files at the same time.

Part 2: How to Import a Premiere Pro Project into a Master One

To get started, you’re going to want to be in your master project. Once you are inside of Premiere Pro navigate to File > Import and select the project file that you want to import into your master project. 

This is the most important part of importing: 

When the import box pops up, you want to make sure you click Import Entire Project and Create a Folder for the Imported Items and Allow Importing Duplicate Media.

Once all of those options are selected hit OK

Now with that complete, you’ll see in the Project panel a new folder with your entire project. If you open that up, you’ll see edit comps, finals, and assets.

While the Import command under File is one way to bring in other elements to your projects, you can also drag and drop a folder that contains your media files into your Project panel. The new folder with your files will show up in your Project panel.

Finally, you can use these other ways to import your files:

  • Using the keyboard shortcut Command and i
  • By right-clicking in your Project panel and selecting Import
  • By double-clicking in your Project panel and selecting Import

Using your imported projects is just like using any other file in Premiere Pro, and it will vary depending on what type of file you’re using. Now you’re free to use your imported project and incorporate it into your larger edit!