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

Participant ,
Feb 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013

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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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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013
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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People's Champ ,
Feb 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013

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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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Participant ,
Feb 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013

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Thank you. These keystrokes require moving my hand from the mouse to the keyboard (a step not necessary in FCP).Often, I am trying to locate a specific edit point far from where the playhead currently is so I use the mouse to get there more quickly than hitting a key several times.  Is there also a way to do it while dragging with the mouse? (Or, to put it more simply, can I set Premiere to mimic the FCP behavior of snapping while scrubbing through the timeline?)

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People's Champ ,
Feb 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013

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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 Feb 11, 2013

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Thanks. Feature request time.

Good idea to map for lefty.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013

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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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Engaged ,
Feb 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013

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

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013

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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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People's Champ ,
Feb 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013

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

Thanks, Ann.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 11, 2013 Feb 11, 2013

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I never knew that either.  Nice.

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New Here ,
Apr 29, 2015 Apr 29, 2015

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This is fantastic. Holding Shift! Thank for the help solving such a simple problem!

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LEGEND ,
Apr 29, 2015 Apr 29, 2015

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I think we are getting some new functionality in these areas soon.  eg Clip selection under Playhead.

Did I read that or imagine that?  

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Contributor ,
May 27, 2014 May 27, 2014

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Check your preferences, on the general tab check Snap playhead in timeline

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New Here ,
Jul 09, 2014 Jul 09, 2014

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I knew you had to be able to make it automatic without using another keystroke... thanks!

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Explorer ,
Nov 20, 2015 Nov 20, 2015

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A better point pointed out below by jbellomo‌ is to open Premiere Preferences, General, and check the tap "Snap playhead in timeline". Now it will ALWAYS do it!!

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 01, 2016 Mar 01, 2016

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Thanks for this, Keith! I just reinstalled Premiere and wondered what happened to my playhead snapping.

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Community Beginner ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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You can try the keyboard shortcut "S". This enables and disables the snap to feature in Adobe products.

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Jul 21, 2021 Jul 21, 2021

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