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Can't drag files from file explorer to premiere pro timeline.

Community Beginner ,
Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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How do I get this to work? I literally cannot drag ANY video, audio, or image files into the timeline from my file explorer. I've seen source patching is the answer, but the source patch video in my timeline for the video section is just missing. I'm on windwos 10 and on Premiere Pro 2021 and I am absolutely losing it. 

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Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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Can you drag it into the project panel? How about with a brand new project?

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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No and no. The moment I hover my cursor over premiere pro, it instantly turns into a cancel sign. 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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Are you talking about Windows Explorer file management applet, or the Project panel in Premiere?

 

You add/import media to the project panel, then add it to the timeline from the Project panel.

 

And your image doesn't have a video track with a Source target active. Note the far left blue block in an audio track? You need a blue block for video also.

 

 

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Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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Did what was in there already. I attatched a vid that is hopefully slightly more helpful than the single image. 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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You need to import the clips into Premiere first. THEN apply them to a sequence.

 

NLEs like Premiere are only metadata ... that sequence exists only as a metadata file ... a text file of the bits of clips, the effects applied ...  that's all.

 

You need to import the clip into the project first, which is how Premiere gets the access to the clip metadata. THEN ... you can use the clip in Premiere.

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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I'm confused. I've always been able to drag and drop clips, audio, and images into my timeliness directly from my file explorer. Not the one on premiere, the one in windows 10. I could have my second monitor have my file explorer up, find my recorded footage, and just drag and drop. After a fresh windows install, I can no longer do that. I've never been forced to do it from inside premiere pro. 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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It may have worked for you, but it's never been a recommended process. I take it you don't worry about where, what bin, it puts the clips into in the Project panel?

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Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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To be frank, I didn't even know it put it into a bin. I... REALLY should use them to make my life easier but for the most part Ive never cared to do it. 

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Jan 21, 2024 Jan 21, 2024

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Its known that drag and drop clips into Premiere from either Finder or Explorer can cause issues.

Import or use the Media Browser is the way to go.

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