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Chapter 4. Managing Clips > Renaming Clips

Renaming Clips

After you import a file as a clip, you shouldn't rename the file on your hard disk. Doing so will ruin your project's reference to the file, and Premiere Pro won't be able to locate the file the next time you open the project. Never theless, you may still need to identify a clip by another name. Fortunately, you can rename a clip in a project for the purposes of editing. Renaming the clip doesn't affect the source file's name or interfere with your project's references.

To rename a clip

1.
Select a clip.

2.
Do one of the following:

  • Click the clip's name and then click it again (do not double-click).

  • Choose Clip > Rename (Figure 4.54).

    Figure 4.54. Choose Clip > Rename.


The clip's name becomes highlighted.

3.
Enter a new name (Figure 4.55).

Figure 4.55. Enter a new name for the clip.


4.
Press Enter or click away from the clip.

The clip takes another name in the project. The source file on the drive isn't renamed, however.

✓ Tip

  • If you want to know the original name of a renamed clip, you can right-click the clip and choose Properties from the menu. In the Properties window, look at the file path to discover the source media file's name, which is the default name of the clip.


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