The Pancake Timeline Technique in Premiere Pro

Whether you’ve been editing for 20 years or you’re new to the game, there’s always a beautiful nugget of information that you can learn to make your editing life better. Today we’re talking about the Pancake Timeline Technique, a method of stacking timelines that will streamline your workflow in Premiere Pro and make your project go overall more smoothly.

The Pancake Timeline

This is a method of editing that will help you work with multiple timelines. He goes pretty fast but has lots of great tips. There’s A LOT of information here, I’ll warn you. If you want to read the content, check out this blog post at No Film School.

Pancaking Timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Gal is also a fan of The Pancake Timeline technique. Her reasons for pancaking include:

  • Better visual overview of your project.
  • Not to mention, you’ll improve time management.
  • No need to toggle between sequences to copy and paste.
  • In addition, it’s easier to puzzle out selects.

Read her full article Pancaking Timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro

How to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro

Premium Beat has also recently covered Pancaking on their site: How to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro

This Technique will CHANGE the way you EDIT! (How to use Pancake Timelines) (Premiere Pro CC 2017)

Justin Odisho also talks about this stacked workflow.

As you can see, a lot of editors are using this technique. Are you? If not, recommend that you try it out!

Older but still worthwhile content about The Pancake Timeline

Perfecting the Film Post Production Workflow from Vashi Visuals. This article is 5 years old but is just as relevant today as it was then. It’s full of great tips, and he uses the Pancake Timeline too!

Freebie: The Pancake Timeline Workspace for Premiere Pro CC and CS6


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