No automatic way to do that.
Why do you want to put clips like this on two tracks? If all you seek a transition between two clips, you place them both on the same track, remembering to leave adequate "handles" between the clip ins and clip outs and the physical end of the clip. The handles are not visible but will be included in the transition
If you place a five second transition on the joint between the two clips, the effects control panel allows to to select "start at joint, end at joint, center on joint (which is the default as far as I can tell). Of course, you must have provided 2.5 seconds of handles on both adjacent clips, otherwise premiere will shorten the transitions to the available handle durations.
In thia approach all you need to do is drop the transituon--one mouse drag and drop.
Why do you want to put clips like this on two tracks?
Ah, that's a very long story. Did you never do AB roll editing?
I don't want to do it like that. I don't need to do it like that, but I'm trying to convince someone to move on from his version of Premiere - 6.5, which will be 11 years old this August - but he's developed a successful editing style that works very well for him and he's reluctant to have to change. He did work for the BBC for a very long time. That might explain something...
So I'm trying to find out if he can emulate his beloved AB roll editing in CS6 or CSnext.
Thank you for your replies, looks like he's out of luck.
He would probably like the Sony Vegas way of adding Transitions (I do) wherein the clips actually overlap by however many frames you want the transition to be. Overlapping clips are crossfades and you just drop your desired transition on the overlap. Something I'd like to see come to PP.
If you use the FXFactory Transitions, you'll notice they do not act like native transitions in Premiere CS6 and require 2 tracks similar to A/B Roll Editing, minus the 3rd track in between.
I prefer the Vegas way of adding/altering transitions. If he's looking for a visual indication of a transition, I think he'll soon acclimate to recognizing the BOX between 2 clips as transitions. Hopefully he will appreciate the use of screen real-estate where a transition only requires 1 vertical track instead of 3.
overlap by however many frames you want the transition to be.
When you do it the A/B way...how do you count the number of frames you are overlapping?
(eg you want a 48 frame cross dissolve...how do you mark and count 24 frameseach side in a quick and efficient manner)
Beauty of a single track transition is you can see the cut with and without the transition.
In A/B transitions...you have to appy the transition otherwise it looks like the cut is in the wrong place (early)
I started with A/B editing and fought single track editing almost to the death - mine not its.
I am used to it now, but boy oh boy did I fight against it. You could certainly see the overlap easy enough with A/B editing. The transition was on the transition track, of course.
By the way, measuring 24 frames is easy. Click on the numbers indicating the playhead position and type the plus sign then 24.
If you are really homesick, the effects control panel shows the two clips and the transition in a A/B mode. Using the trim tools on the clips in panel (not the timeline) you can adjust the handles and overlap, visually. this is a quick way to check that the handles are adequate as if they are not, the missing handle will be cross-hatched