What version of Ps and OS are you using? It sounds odd that you are getting an empty marquee. Does a paste in a new layer, not in the Vanishing point filter work?
Wow. That's a great question.
I hadn't tried pasting into a regular layer, but when I do, yes, the object shows up just as it should. In the screen grabs attached, the first image shows the rasterized bit of text I want to place on the window in perspective. The second shows the empty marquee in the upper left corner of the layer set aside for vanishing point, after I've done a paste. (The red text is from the layer underneath from which I copied.) If I paste into that layer before I turn on vanishing point, the text shows up just fine. If I then turn on VP, though, I'm unable to move it.
Please don't be afraid to make me look stupid. There's got to be something obvious I'm missing.
I'm using PS CC 2017 and am in Mac OS 10.11.6.
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I think I at least have a workaround. Make sure to deselect after copying but before going into the Vanish Point filter. Without a selection, the paste board contents are showing up in the upper left hand corner and should then be draggable to any defined plane.
It looks like the paste board content gets clipped, by the selection bounds, if you leave the selection active. I need to follow up and see if that is an expected behavior. This area has not been touched code-wise in quite a while so I don't know what we'll turn up.
Yes, that worked!
Yesterday, something else worked, too. If I drew a marquee around the rasterized text, then nudged it using the Move tool, the marching ants would then hug the text. Copying and pasting this then worked. I don't remember deselecting the hugged text to get it to work, though.