Using the Project Manager in Premiere Pro CC

Premiere Pro December 16, 2018 2 min read

How great would it be to have a project manager who could gather, organize and clean up your documents and files as and when required? That is exactly what the Project Manager does in Premiere Pro. 

It effectively organizes all your source files into one folder and sends all the unused files in the archived folder. This allows the user to have a clean workspace with only the important source files. It’s easy and convenient to achieve in Premiere Pro. Let’s dive in.

How to the Project Manager

For this task, use an already-completed video clip with plenty of effects and designs ready for extraction. All we want to do here is save all of those ideas in an archived folder to call upon it as and when required. Everything will be stored in the same folder here. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Navigate to File > Project Manager.
  2. Select the checkboxes that include both the final edit sequence and the corresponding nested clips.
  3. Choose a location on the computer and save it by clicking Browse.
  4. Select or de-select Exclude All Unused Clips, depending on whether you want to keep all of the source files referenced in the Project Manager or not. Excluding unused clips is a good way to save space and keep only what was used in the final edit. 
  5. Explore the options for storing audio files, preview files, preserving alpha, and renaming files on the right side of the screen, and check the ones that you need. This will all depend on why you’re managing the project — to share with another creative, or just for archiving purposes.
  6. Click OK.

Then the Project Manager does its thing. It will pull together all of the assets used on the timelines you have selected and group them in a convenient, easy-to-read group structure in the location you have designated.


Using the Project Manager in Premiere Pro is one of the quickest ways to consolidate everything at the end of the post-production process and clean everything up. Excluding unused clips is a perfect way to save space by making sure only the clips that are totally necessary for the edit sequence are retained.