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).
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.
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?)
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.
Thanks. Feature request time.
Good idea to map for lefty.
Pressing the page up or page down key snaps to the edit point
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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.
Nice pick up... I wasn't aware of the feature.
I never knew that either. Nice.
This is fantastic. Holding Shift! Thank for the help solving such a simple problem!
I think we are getting some new functionality in these areas soon. eg Clip selection under Playhead.
Did I read that or imagine that?
Check your preferences, on the general tab check Snap playhead in timeline
I knew you had to be able to make it automatic without using another keystroke... thanks!
Thanks for this, Keith! I just reinstalled Premiere and wondered what happened to my playhead snapping.
You can try the keyboard shortcut "S". This enables and disables the snap to feature in Adobe products.