Snapping in Adobe Premiere Pro

Snapping in Adobe Premiere Pro

As you drag in the timeline, it’s easy to place items imprecisely. To make dragging more accurate, use snapping. When the Snap feature is turned on, items will snap directly to the playhead, an edit point, markers, keyframes, or In and Out points. This makes it easier to align clips.

Look for a small gray arrow that appears below the point that indicates the item has snapped into place. If snapping is getting in the way of your edit or composite, however, turn it off.

The easiest way to quickly snap is with the keyboard shortcut S (as in snap). You’ll also see a magnet icon in the upper left corner of the Timeline panel.

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15 comments

  1. Robert Wagnerman

    Is there a way to temporarily snap? In FCP7, if I deselected snap (by pressing n) WHILE dragging a clip in the timeline it would instantly turn snap back on after I moved the clip.

    1. Jon

      Robert, I have been looking into your question also. Have you found a solution? I feel like this might have been possible before the update to CC, but I have not been able to find settings to control this.

  2. Mike

    I’m new to CC from FCP7. In FCP you would get clip collision warnings, and CC just overwrites with no warnings. Is there a setting in Premiere for that?

        1. Matt Watson

          Hi, i have change my preset keys so i use the ‘n’ key to toggle snap just like in final cut

          on mac go to> premiere pro> keyboard shortcuts>search snap> select snap>press the ‘n’ key and it should populate the right column, then save your setting.

          You may get a warning because its already assigned to some other process but I prefer to stick to the final cut commands i know and love.

          hope that works for you!

  3. Owen

    Is there a way to stop the time increments snapping to each frame? I’m trying to synchronize audio but when I drag wave file left or right it shifts to the next time frame. I think it’s every 10th of a second and I need at least 40th of a second to match wave files (external audio)

    1. Bigi

      Did u find a solution to this? It’s impossible to edit music videos like this. Desperate for a solution here.

  4. Jay

    I also need to be able to turn snap off and ACTUALLY HAVE SNAP OFF! I am trying to match audio to video and the lip sync is barely off.

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