How to disable overwriting on the timeline?!!!

Community Beginner ,
Sep 02, 2015

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Hi, whenever I drag another clip on top of another clip in the timeline, it deletes it or a portion of it. I want to DISABLE this option. How do I do this please? I don't want a work around, I want an option stating, don't do this stupid thing and then click it.

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Also, great. Thanks. just scrolled through my timeline and got this

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Thanks Adobe. This has really helped my workflow and now before the deadline, I'm having to go back and fix this. This has saved me time, thanks. I'm really glad I got CC. Top stuff /s

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Adobe Community Professional , Sep 09, 2015
Jeff Bellune Adobe Community Professional , Sep 09, 2015
Holding down the Ctrl key (Cmd key on a Mac) will allow you to do an insert operation instead of an overwrite operation when you drag. Also make sure your Source Patching and Track Targeting are set correctly.Cheers,Jeff

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 09, 2015

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Holding down the Ctrl key (Cmd key on a Mac) will allow you to do an insert operation instead of an overwrite operation when you drag. Also make sure your Source Patching and Track Targeting are set correctly.

Cheers,

Jeff

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 10, 2015

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Hi Jeff, this seems more of a workaround than anything and not exactly what I want.

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 13, 2015

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Hi Jeff, this seems more of a workaround than anything and not exactly what I want.

Hi Ben E.,

That's the way Insert and Overwrite work if you drag clips in an existing Timeline. If you do not like those methods, please let us know here how you would like it to work.

Thanks,
Kevin

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 16, 2015

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Hi Kevin,

I've sent a feature report, thanks.

Ben

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LEGEND ,
Sep 09, 2015

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Why drag a clip on top of another if you dont want that to happen? What do you expect would happen or what would you want to happen???

Thats what the layers are there for. Use a separate layer above the other.

You also have Insert and Overlay Options and you have track targeting / patching/ locking options for control of edit workflow.

And then you also have Replace Options plus Lift and Extract functions.

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Engaged ,
Sep 09, 2015

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Actually, shooternz, Cubase and Nuendo have a feature where you can put several takes right on top of each other in the same track without destroying your first edit. It simply moves them to the back.

Then you simply expand the same track to see the different takes. This way you can have several versions of a cut on one track and select the one(s) you want afterwards. Then twirl it close instead of having clips spread all over different tracks.

I've learned a lot working with both DAWs and NLEs. They really need to look over each other's shoulders more. (Like how about track folders, Adobe?)

I'll think I'll put in some feature requests.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 09, 2015

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Totally different applications and would not work in Video editing practically or efficiency wise. 

Thats what tracks are for and they have Eyes on them to Select or Deselect.

It would be a RPTA to have to do and manage that at clip level.

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Engaged ,
Sep 09, 2015

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Your opinion and I don't agree at all. But not going to get into it with you here.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 10, 2015

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Hey shooternz, I don't agree with you and completely agree with resh. It'd a be a nice feature to have as if you have a lot of tracks. For me personally it can get a bit hectic and say I'm dragging a video track and the audio track attached to it accidentally skipped to another and it overwrited another audio track and I don't notice. It's f'd then.

It seems premiere pro doesn't seem to have this feature which has made me feel the need to find something else. I know Sony Vegas for certain has the feature I talked about. I believe others do it but I can't be certain. So yeah, please don't say it won't work in video editing practically when I've used it and I know it works practically and efficiently.

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LEGEND ,
Sep 13, 2015

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So yeah, please don't say it won't work in video editing practically when I've used it and I know it works practically and efficiently.


Can you tell me which video editing NLE has this feature?


I am interested to see how it works.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 16, 2015

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Hi shooternz,

Sony Vegas: Transitions Tutorial - YouTube

This is just an example but he drags it on top and it doesn't delete the clip. Premiere Pro doesn't have to do automatic transition but it would be nice to just have it so just in case I accidentally drag another clip on top of another and don't realise until a little later on in the edit, that I am safe. That's all i want

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 16, 2015

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I see what you are talking about now, and the good news is that Pr doesn't delete the video. The video from the end of the first clip, and/or the video from the beginning of the second clip that seems to be overwritten or deleted is still there. To see it, all you have to do is drop a transition on the cut between the 2 clips.  You'll get the "overlapped" video (called handles) back during the transition.

If you don't want to add a transition, but you want frames back from either of the clips, you can use the Rolling Edit tool (reveals and hides frames from both clips simultaneously) or the Ripple Edit tool (reveals frames from just one of the clips) to shift the cut in the direction you want to reveal the frames that are overlapped.

If you want frames back from both clips, you can use the Track Select tools to drag the clips before and after the cut to create a gap, then trim the in and out points of the clips to get the frames back.

Cheers,

Jeff

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Explorer ,
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In Camtasia Studio, the default behavior is the clip stops when you drag it and it meets another one on the same track. If you want to override the other clip, you simply move the clip to a higher track. Or you explicitly squeeze the other clip first. Logical and intuitive.

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I am very new to Premiere but this seems extremely intuitive. This should be the default, with the option to turn this feature off. OR simply if you drag it on top of another clip it keeps them both and highlights in red the overlap on the timeline OR prompts you a yes or no (Prompts can become a nuisance though). I'm sure with most programs you just get used to their shortcomings, but it doesn't have to be that way.

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Community Beginner ,
May 18, 2018

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i had forgotten about you shooter, you know everything and nothing

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Explorer ,
Jun 03, 2020

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Need to chime in here, as I just experienced this issue and now have to re-applying my audio back onto the tracks...

 

When one gets soooooo deep into a project and it runs longer than say 10+ minutes, you lose your place in the timeline of what and which audio is where and on what n which track in the timeline. Adobe - if you're listening, put in a governor on tracks where if one inadvertently places say an audio clip over another audio clip (which you can't see since it's further along in the timeline...), throw up a user-friendly message that says 'Allow 'audio x' to overwrite 'audio y' on this track?'

 

The Command-drag does nothing for me. The logic would be better served to hold down a short cut key if you wanted to overwrite the clip on the track.

 

My two bucks.

 

 

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