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Why doesn't the playhead snap to an edit point in the Timeline?

Feb 11, 2013 7:37 AM

Tags: #snapping #timeline_tool

As a recent user of Premiere coming from Final Cut, there is one behavior in Premiere that I can't get used to. When I drag the playhead around while in the Timeline, I expect the playhead to snap to the ends of clips, the edit points, but it doesn't. The reason this is important behavior is because it's often that I want to do something in between two edit points (or at the end of a clip which may not be the last clip on the timeline) such as insert a clip or some other asset. In FCP, as you drag around the playhead, it will snap to various edit points, making it easy to park the playhead at a given location where I will insert a clip. With Premiere, I can get the playhead close, but it won't snap, so I never know if I'm on the exact frame I want. That means I could easily miss the end of a clip by one or two frames and never know it.

 

Is there a way to force a snap? or change a setting to enable playhead snapping? Of course, I would also like to temporarily disable this behavior by a keystroke, which I assume would be easy to do using the current "snap" toggle keystroke (S).

 
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  • joe bloe premiere
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    Feb 11, 2013 7:49 AM   in reply to PixelshotWDC2

    You can use these hot keys:

    Go to Previous Edit Point (enabled track) - Up

    Go to Next Edit Point (enabled track) - Down

     

    Go to Previous Edit Point on Any Track - Shift+Up

    Go to Next Edit Point on Any Track - Shift+Down

     

    Of course, you can re-map these keys to suit your preferences.

     

    Default keyboard shortcuts in CS6

     
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    Feb 11, 2013 7:50 AM   in reply to PixelshotWDC2

    Pressing the page up or page down key snaps to the edit point

     
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  • joe bloe premiere
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    Feb 11, 2013 8:05 AM   in reply to PixelshotWDC2
    These keystrokes require moving my hand from the mouse to the keyboard

    I have mapped them to left hand proximity for the same reason...

    keeping my right hand on the mouse.

    There is also a UI button in the program monitor for 'Go to Previous/Next Edit Point'.

    Is there also a way to do it while dragging with the mouse?

    Not that I am aware of.

     
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    Feb 11, 2013 8:38 AM   in reply to PixelshotWDC2

    When using the mouse and in the proximity of an edit point hold SHIFT, it will snap to that edit point.

     
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  • joe bloe premiere
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    Feb 11, 2013 9:04 AM   in reply to Ann Bens

    Nice pick up... I wasn't aware of the feature.

    Thanks, Ann.

     
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    Feb 11, 2013 11:09 AM   in reply to joe bloe premiere

    I never knew that either.  Nice.

     
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    Feb 11, 2013 11:45 AM   in reply to PixelshotWDC2

    PixelshotWDC2 wrote:

     

    Thanks. Feature request time.

     

    Good idea to map for lefty.

     

    You want to be able to turn on snapping for every edit point? Yes, make a feature request: http://www.adobe.com/go/wish

     
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