Can’t Drag Audio Into Premiere Timeline

You tin can’t drag a clip to the Timeline in Premiere Pro. Frustrating. Maybe you dragged the first clip into the timeline successfully, simply attempting to drag the 2nd clip in fails. Maddening! Sometimes y’all can drag in video, simply cannot drag in audio. Other times you can drag in audio merely the video doesn’t follow. What’due south going on here?

The result is that you lot are using a ii pace process to drag clips into the Timeline. The actual process requires
three steps.

Process for dragging clips into the Timeline successfully.

  1. LOAD: Select the clip in the Project panel (or double click to load into the Source Monitor).
  2. PATCH: Wait downwardly at the Track Header at the left of the Timeline. Make sure the V1 and A1 Source Patchers (blue boxes) are patched to the runway you intend to drag it to. All 4 blueish boxes should exist enabled.
  3. EDIT: Drag the clip to the Timeline from either the Project panel or the Source Monitor to the Timeline.

The clip is now edited to the rails you lot intended (V1 and A1, shown hither).

The blue boxes at the far left are the vital V1 and A1 Source Patchers

Here is the official documentation from Adobe: Source patching and track targeting.

Some commentary from my experience as an editing instructor:

  • Many newer editors just drag from the Project panel to the Timeline with no knowledge of the vital stride, Pace 2, and then failure is loftier.
  • If you don’t know about Pace 2, you may fail in pace 3.
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  • The interim footstep of loading the clip into the Source Monitor by double clicking it from the Project panel prevents that failure with automatic source patching.
  • Newer editors tend not to preview the clip in the Source Monitor, skipping a conventional editing process. An editor should load a clip into the Source Monitor for many reasons. Why should you want to do this?
    • Loading the clip into the Source Monitor provides you a quick view of the clip before committing it to your programme.
    • This allows you to mark the clip’southward In and Out points ahead of time, then less timeline trimming is required.
    • Playback in the Source Monitor allows for a quick quality and performance bank check of the audio and video.
    • Automatic Source patching is more than robust here, equally mentioned.
  • For those unaware of Step 2, selecting the clip in the Project panel should also automatically set Source Patching, except it does not piece of work with 100% reliability. The editor must ensure that.
  • Automatic Source Patching can neglect with certain files similar screen captured H.264 and other Long GOP files. Information technology’s better to load it into the Source Monitor every bit a failsafe, and then look down at your patching.

This FAQ covers this result in depth. This commodity was inspired past i of the many forum posts on this very topic.

Welcome to my Adobe Premiere Pro 101 serial. This article is the kickoff in a series I am planning to help newer editors fill in of import gaps of knowledge.