Why Does Copy And Paste In Premiere Pro perform so poorly?

New Here ,
Oct 15, 2012 Oct 15, 2012

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Please explain why you can't copy and paste footage (audio and/or video) into a chosen track on a sequence? It almost always pastes into a track with footage already there overlapping footage. It can't paste into a new track??? I thought this is simple logic.

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 15, 2012 Oct 15, 2012
Same way i explained in first post, make sure the track is selected.Select clip,Crtl+C,Switch sequence, Select track, place playhead in desired positionCtrl+V (or Ctrl+Shift+V for insert).

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Adobe Employee , Oct 01, 2020 Oct 01, 2020
Hey there – you might have luck by learning about track targeting! If I'm not paying attention to my targets, my timeline gets real messy real quick.    Hope this helps! Caroline

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 15, 2012 Oct 15, 2012

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You can paste in any track you want, make sure the track is selected first before you paste.

Or Alt drag to any track without selecting the track first or even to a new track.

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New Here ,
Aug 19, 2016 Aug 19, 2016

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This just changed my life!! I would always copy (command + c) and scroll all the way to the right, at the end of my timeline and then paste (command + v) and then drag it up to the track I wanted and over back to the left to where my sequence is taking place. This literally is a life-saver and time changer!! THANK YOU!

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New Here ,
Apr 22, 2017 Apr 22, 2017

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thnx

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Explorer ,
Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Can you explain how you select the track you want to paste to? I'm using premiere pro 2020 and there is no track name I can click on to select it. I see "V1" or "V2" or "V3" on the left of the timeline but clicking them doesn't allow me to paste there directly... thanks

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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There are two "target" controls on the left side of the header block. The left one is for "Source" patching, in other words things coming from the Source monitor or a bin. An audio or video track with a blue block is 'active', gray/charcoal is not.

 

The right set is for Track targeting. And again, when blue, is 'active' or the track that Premiere will default to using if it is the only blue track. If you have several blue track targets, then ... media can go anywhere. In my example below, note that only on video track is selected in the right-side Track target group, but I have several audio tracks selected as active.

 

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Engaged ,
Oct 15, 2012 Oct 15, 2012

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Thanks Ann...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 15, 2012 Oct 15, 2012

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If you want video and audio with alt+drag.

Select clip and hit alt and hold

Drag video to desired track, hit and hold shift (dont let go of the alt)

Now go to the audio and drag this to the desired track.

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New Here ,
Oct 15, 2012 Oct 15, 2012

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What if you have to copy and paste from one sequence to another? This alt+drag method won't work. This is why I am trying to cut+paste

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 15, 2012 Oct 15, 2012

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Same way i explained in first post, make sure the track is selected.

Select clip,

Crtl+C,

Switch sequence,

Select track, place playhead in desired position

Ctrl+V (or Ctrl+Shift+V for insert).

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 15, 2015 Jul 15, 2015

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On a Mac with CC2014 copying and pasting into a selected track does not work. It insists on going to an occupied track. Even worse, I can't even see where it's going at all. The play head moves up but there's no sign of the clips.

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New Here ,
Oct 10, 2015 Oct 10, 2015

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By 'Targeting' the track, which is what Ann said, click the line you want the past to goto ie V1, V2, V3, A1, A2 (Note you actually click the letters noted).  I didnt it get by what she said, but it lead me to the solution.

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New Here ,
Apr 15, 2016 Apr 15, 2016

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It worked! the selecting the actual V1, V2, V3, A1, A2 worked!!! thanks reddn

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Engaged ,
Feb 19, 2018 Feb 19, 2018

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This doesn't work for me. Using CC 2018 on Windows.

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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 15, 2016 Apr 15, 2016

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Engaged ,
Feb 19, 2018 Feb 19, 2018

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On Windows using CC 2018 with same problem.

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Feb 19, 2018 Feb 19, 2018

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 23, 2016 Sep 23, 2016

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EUREKA!!! I tried clicking on the v1, v2, etc as suggested. This still did not work me. Very frustrating. THEN, I decided to try renaming each audio or video track. i.e "1, 2, or 3" THIS WORKED. Now when you simply click on that track, then you paste, it places the item on that selected track. 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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This still isn't working for me (or should I say, it's not working in the 2017 update). I clicked on the V4 (note finally realized it's "V4" to the left of what says "Video 4") and it highlighted to indicate it's the targeted track. I then hit Command-V to paste my text from another sequence and it STILL pasted into V2 (note: not sure why it's even choosing V2. V1 track is a JPEG graphic behind my actual video footage on track V2).

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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Follow-up... This is also happening if I copy a graphic from my logo Track and try to paste it into another location IN THE SAME TRACK. my logo is on V3. I copied it, made sure that same layer was targeted and pasted... clip/image appeared AGAIN on V2 overwriting my video footage.

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Advocate ,
Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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Adobe should have better error messages. And better diagnostics.  I remember learning to edit and going through the same process, it was painful.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 06, 2017 Feb 06, 2017

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Might be system related: I have no trouble copy/paste into the same track.

Make sure just that track is target and no other.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 06, 2017 Feb 06, 2017

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Paste a screen shot of your timeline before and after the copy/pasts so we can see what's going on.

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New Here ,
Feb 11, 2017 Feb 11, 2017

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I just can't get this to work. Here are some screenshots:

One, I select and copy the object:

1.png

Now I select the track where I want it to go:

2.png

Now I paste, and it never goes where I want it to go. This has NEVER worked for me:

3.png

Any help would be awesome!

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 14, 2017 Feb 14, 2017

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What happens if you lock all video tracks except V8? Will it finally paste there?

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