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can't drag video into timeline premiere cc

New Here ,
Mar 06, 2014 Mar 06, 2014

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Been working with PP CC since it came out and have had almost no problems. Now I have a head scratcher. I can't drag a video clip from the project panel to the sequence. The audio comes but the video won't. All I get is the close hand with a line through it when I hover over any of the video tracks. The clips play fine in the source monitor but still cant drag it from source to sequence either. Tried this with clips from several projects and cameras but no go. Started a new project, different name, folder and footage, still have the problem.

 

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Adobe Employee , Mar 29, 2016 Mar 29, 2016

Hi,
You're here because you can't drag either audio or video to the Timeline. Sorry for the frustration!

SOLUTION: Make sure Source Patching is set up correctly in the Timeline. The video below explains it visually.

 

Video tutorial


HOW TO:

  1. SELECT: Select the Clip in the Project panel. Blue Boxes should "light up" in the far left of the timeline. If they don't, go to Step 2.
  2. PATCH: Click the V1 & A1 "blue boxes" to enable them in the far left of the Timeline. (see the image). 
  3. EDIT: Drag the clip
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Community Expert ,
Mar 06, 2014 Mar 06, 2014

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Make sure you highlight V1 the one on the left side of the track header.

Check the help on source patching and track targeting.

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New Here ,
Mar 06, 2014 Mar 06, 2014

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Worked like a charm thanks! Not sure how they became unselected but it works now!

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 30, 2020 Apr 30, 2020

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Hi Eddie,

It is the editor's responsibility to make sure tracks are patched correctly with every edit. That said, it should be more persistent. I think the "automatic" source patching may be the thing that needs fixing. Thanks for bringing this up. Please create a bug report here: https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911233-premiere-pro

 

Thanks,
Kevin

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New Here ,
Aug 23, 2020 Aug 23, 2020

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Hello everyone, thanks so for spearing your time to answer questions here. You guys are awesome. Please I have a challenge and I need help. 

I upgraded to a new laptop cori7 a month ago. Everything was working fine, just of a sudden, I can't drag clips around the timeline, I can't add effects, nor transition, I can't import either. The source and program monitor are working fine. I have uninstalled and reinstalled severally all to no avail. Once I installed, it starts working fine, but as soon as I shut down and put it on, I can no longer move anything around. I've tried everything, I even formated the system, yet. The problem still persists. Same with Photoshop, audition and after effects. 

The V1 on on timeline is switched on showing color blue. Please someone help me

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 15, 2022 Feb 15, 2022

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Thanks Kevin!

This has only happened, like, one other time in my life in my 8 years of using P.P.  But for the life of me I couldn't remember what I couldn't remember. Totally, frustrating. I was like, " What the ...??!! " I was about to call/msg a bunch of buddies. Then I remembered to check on here. Now that this has happened twice, I'm sure not to forget this simple oversight. 
Until years down the line ...

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Explorer ,
Oct 17, 2015 Oct 17, 2015

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Ann, thank you very much for a solution to a silly but head scratching problem. Thank you Eddiemg21 for asking. I, too, didn't realize the "V1" had become un-highlighted.

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Explorer ,
Dec 20, 2015 Dec 20, 2015

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Thanks, I was having the same issue.

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New Here ,
Apr 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017

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You're awesome, worked great!  Life saver!

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New Here ,
Dec 19, 2017 Dec 19, 2017

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THANK YOU! Now I don't have to pull out any more chunks of my hair.

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New Here ,
Dec 23, 2019 Dec 23, 2019

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thaaaaaaankssss it worked also like charm i cant describe my happiness

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New Here ,
May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021

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This worked, thanks for the help. 

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New Here ,
Aug 10, 2021 Aug 10, 2021

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Thanks, this was a quick FAST explanation.  Now it works...  

 

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New Here ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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thats work 

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New Here ,
Nov 08, 2021 Nov 08, 2021

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Thank you so much for this answer!

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 22, 2022 Feb 22, 2022

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Ann what you said solved the issue.  Like any new program with different operating methods, once you know the operation it seems simple, but when you don't it does not seem simple.  

Regards,

 

Gary Huber

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 23, 2022 Sep 23, 2022

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Darn. I tried to somehow get this done for nearly a full hour now and THAT is all it takes (thank you!)? Adobe, why, oh why? So much wated time!

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Explorer ,
Oct 02, 2023 Oct 02, 2023

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Everything I've watched says to highlight V1, but I'm a complete beginner. I don't know where to find the V1 button! The in-app tutorial just says to drag and drop from the project window to the timeline, but it won't let me do that. This is what my windows look like - so where do I find the V1 button, please?

 

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Community Expert ,
Oct 02, 2023 Oct 02, 2023

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Reset workspace as there is no timeline (window)

the big black box is the audio meter.

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Community Beginner ,
May 09, 2015 May 09, 2015

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Worked many years with PP without problems. I'm in the same situation as @SweetPeaO'Toole. It can't be right at nobody can't find  solution for that.

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Community Expert ,
May 09, 2015 May 09, 2015

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Maybe this will explain it a bit better.

target and source patching blue.png

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New Here ,
Jun 25, 2015 Jun 25, 2015

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Ann Bens explained it perfectly! You can't forget there are two boxes to highlight in the V1 track. Thanks

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New Here ,
Apr 30, 2017 Apr 30, 2017

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Thank you so much!

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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2017 Oct 25, 2017

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Thank you so much for

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Adobe Employee ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Mason,

Actually, you really only need one V1 box to light up:

  • Only the left V1 box is the important one when it comes to initially editing the clip to the Timeline.
  • For every other operation, it's the V1 box on the right that rules the timeline functions  (copy/paste, for example).

 

Thanks,
Kevin

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