Import An Edius Sequence Into Your Current Edius Project

by Harlan Yee on December 2nd, 2010

There have been a number of times where I’ve wanted to combine several Edius project sequences into one project for one reason or another. If you’ve ever wondered how to do this, read on. Hopefully this will help you out when you run into a jam trying to do the same thing.

Before we begin, let me describe my project settings in the timeline I’m demonstrating because there are some things you’ll have to watch out for when importing a sequence. The project I’m working with is NTSC 720×486 1.2 pixel aspect ratio. By the way, I’m working with Edius 5.


Step 1 – Click on File > Import Sequence.



Step 2 – An Import Sequence dialog box will pop up. Click Browse to find an Edius project file you want to import.



Step 3 – After clicking Browse, we can select a sequence to import. This particular folder has 4 HD projects in it. I’m going to select the file called “HD24FPS-New.ezp”. It is a 1920×1080 project. Click Open.



Step 4 – At this point, we get an error message. The reason I’m getting this message is because my current project is 720×486 SD and Edius won’t let me import my 1920×1080 HD project because the project settings are different. One way around this problem is to render the 1920×1080 sequence to a video file and import as a piece of video. That’s what I had to do recently. I wanted to show you this so you know what to do if you get this error.



Step 5 – Moving on, now I’m going to select another file to import. Now, I’m getting some red warning text in my import window. That’s because I’m trying to import a 720×480 0.9 pixel aspect ratio sequence into my 720×486 1.2 pixel aspect ratio project. This time it’ll import but Edius is letting us know that there is a discrepancy in the settings between the two sequences.



Step 6 – Ok, let’s do this one more time. I’m going to import a sequence that matches my current project exactly. This time, no red warning idicators or errors. Click OK.



Step 7 – I always leave Import Bin checked because I want to have access to the files from the sequence I’m importing. A new folder will show up in your current bin with the folder name matching the imported sequence. If you only need your imported sequence to show up on your timeline, leave this unchecked.



Step 8 – In the Copy Files section, I always leave these two boxes unchecked. If you check Copy Clips In Projet Folder, Edius will make copies of all the assets from the project being imported and save them into your current project folder. I can see how this can be useful but it takes much longer to import a sequence when you copy files over this way. If you check Copy Rendered Files, it will copy the rendered timeline preview files from the sequence being imported into your current project folder.



Step 9 – Here’s what my bin looks like before I import an Edius sequence. Those are all my folders in the project I’m working on.



Step 10 – Here’s what my bin looks like after I’ve imported my Edius sequence. Notice now there is a new folder titled “Examples” that has been added to my bin. Just double click the new folder to use the assets from the imported sequence.



Step 11 – Finally, all the sequences from the imported sequence will show up above your timeline. In this case, I only had one sequence from my imported Edius sequence. If you have sequences with the same titles, Edius will add numbers in parentheses following the sequence title as seen above. My current project already has a sequence titled “Sequence 1″ so my imported sequence is automatically titled “Sequence 1-(1)”.

That’s it! If you have additional project sequences you want to import, just repeat the steps above. I’m going to try to do more Edius tutorials in the future since I use Edius on a daily basis now so check back soon!

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