I 'm editing a video clip my playback handle is over the section where I want to add text.
I go to the Graphics option on the top of the screen. I go to Essential Graphics, I click on T to create a text layer. I click on the video and whatever I press doens't work. I try to create a text box, and if I press H, PP activates the Hand tool.
When I Press T, I don't get any text options.
I went to the Edit section of the Essential Graphics and I can't even add a Text layer there.
I have gone to YouTube to watch a bunch of video to add text. And I'm doing it right, per the video, but PP is not being cooperative.
Click the Text tool (shortcut T) in the tool bar, then either click in the program monitor and start typing your text, or click-drag to create a text box.
In the first way, the text you type will be a line until you press Enter key to 'break' to a second line.
In the second way, the text will automatically wrap to stay in the box you created. After you create the text box by click/drag, you then need to click in the box to select the inside of the box, then you start typing your text.
Hi Neil -
Thanks for your suggestion. I tried that process before I made the post here.
When I click on the shortcut or pressed T, and then clicked on the program monitor, PP did nothing.
It didn't create a new layer, it didn't let me type anything. Whether I typed something or created a text box, nothing happened.
I watched a bunch of videos to make sure I was doing it correctly, and PP still didn't want to do it.
Perhaps there's another bug within PP that no one else has documented yet.
Can you create a new project from scratch and only try to create a text layer? Just to see if the project is buggy or premiere itself.
Hi Sami -
Good idea... I will try that.
Hi Sami -
I created a new project. I created a simple timeline with a color matte, and I tried to apply text to it.
Nothing happened. The text tool would not work.
I clicked on the Text shortcut, and when I tried to enter any text, PP wouldn't do anything.
I usually press H to start my text tests, and every test so far has triggered the Hand tool.
I tried just entering text, and also creating a text box... and everything fails.
Can you attach this new project? I'll try adding a text layer for you, maybe we can figure this out.
Hi Sami -
I opened the file again, created one layer with the matte color... and tried to add text.
Again.. nothing. I press T or click on the shortcut, and then press H, I get the Hand tool activated.
Here's a link to the file.
let me know if you have any problems with it.
I'm doing this work on a PC / Win10 64 bit / PP 2020 / 64GB RAM / More than enough storage.
Apologies for the frustration. Try this. Choose the Graphics Workspace. Then choose Window > Workspaces > Reset to Saved Layout. See if that works for you.
Hi Kevin -
I followed your instructions, and still nothing happens.
As I mentioned to Neil...
I go to the Graphics, then I press T for the text shortcut, I click on the program monitor window to start typing, and the text doesn't appear, and if I hit a letter assigned to another command, that command gets triggered.
Also, the layers are not locked, but is there another way to prevent text from being added?
If I click on Graphics --> New Layer --> Text
Should it create a text layer for me? If it should, it's not.
It does nothing for me.
You should get a new graphics clip added to your timline at the playhead position.
At this point, please take a screen grab, drag/drop it into your text reply area so we can see what you're seeing.
I added a link before and it looks like my comments were removed:
Here's a video showing what I am doing and what is happening with my Premiere Pro.
Hi Sami -
What did it take to create the text layer?
Was it automatically created when you start typing, or did you have to do something else?
I moved my play handle past your text layer to create another layer, and I couldn't do it.
Is there some other step that you are doing?
Nope, nothing special. Just clicked the text tool and started typing on the program monitor.
It seems you have some weird bug on your system.
Anyway, if you can edit the text layer i sent you, just copy paste it and work from it, for the time being.
Once you click on the T for text tool, you must at least click in the Program monitor before you begin typing. Again, you click once to simply set a point to start a line of text, or click/drag to create a text box for the text to "live" within.
If you click the T tool short, then the H, yes you will go immediately to the hand tool. In fact, I have no idea why you would go to the hand tool when you want to type text on the screen.
Hi Neil -
I am clicking in the Program Monitor before I am typing.
I am trying to create text within the program monitor. When I press on the Text shortcut, click within the Program Monitor, and start typing... I wanted to start typing "How the system works"
So when I press H for How, the system fails to respond, and the Hand tool gets triggered.
So I press, T, click on the Program Monitor to start typing in Text, I press H, and the hand tool gets activated before PP is not accepting my text entry.
For some reason Adobe is not letting me reply to this conversation.
I keep adding in a video link that shows my current set up, and what happens when I try to add text.
I have added in several times now, but for whatever reason, Adobe is removing my posts.
I'm not sure why, there's nothing in the video except my work environment. There's nothing offensive in it.
But Adobe keeps removing my posts..
I will be watching this post for a while and see what happens:
Here's the link to a video showing what I'm doing, and what Premiere Pro is NOT doing when I try and create a text layer.
I just watched your vid, though it took like six attempts to play it before it would go past 6 seconds.
That is bizarre, I've never had anything like that happen.
For anyone else poking into this thread, his video shows him creating two graphics clips on a sequence in the 'normal' way, hitting the T too, and both drag/drop to create a text box and simply drag/enter text to create a line of text. Successfully.
But when he goes down the sequence just past those clips, and hits the T for text tool, with no clips selected in the timline, Premiere immediately cuts to the Hand tool! So he can't enter text. Nor draw a text box even.
Question of Doug ... you didn't show going into the Essential Graphics panel, Edit tab, and selecting New Item/Text ... does that work or is that also not working for you?
Hi Neil -
I know what you mean about taking several attempts to get it to play properly... When I play the video locally, it's fine, when I use a free service there's issues.. but if it ultimately works, and it's free, who am I to complain too much?? 😉
Neil - When I try adding a New Item/Text - same thing. Nothing happens. It doesn't let me add anything, nor does it add a text layer.
It does nothing. For me to get some kind of workaround, I have to drop in a title layer just so I have something to work with. But that takes away from having the ability to simply create a text layer.
That is just bizarre!
Welcome to my world!! I consider myself a rather intelligent person, I can figure most things out.
I went to YouTube to watch a bunch of videos to make sure what I was doing was correct, and then trying out the process, watching more videos, and trying it again... it's frustrating when a simple feature doesn't work.
So that's why I'm here trying to figure out what's going on.
And let me say to everyone... Thank you for your help.
Hi Neil -
I'm curious about this problem and why it's happening.
Maybe @Kevin-Monahan could help.
Kevin - there is a video which is listed above from Nov. 17th, that shows what is happening on my system, and how I can't create text.
Any and all help would be appreciated.