Make import by double click an option
Currently the import by double click is too easy for an option that is less used that opening a clip that is already in the project. Thus for me it is more important to be able to quickly open clips than quickly import. The GUI rational for the area to click for open is also not quite rational (label opens.. icon opens... gap between imports... text may open or may open edit text..... Making this import by double click an option in preferences would streamline premiere as an edit platform not an import tool.
James Clark commented
Based on a reddit post about this, quite a few people are fans of this and sure, I can see it being handy. I've actually used it myself intentionally a few times since I know it's an option. The thing is though, a lot of things are done repeatedly in editing and a lot of them would be easier with constantly ready, very easy to trigger interface and mouse/keyboard cues. The problem is if everything gets given the status of needing a quick and easy access shortcut or UI function, then NOTHING does because the entire screen is nothing but buttons and every single keystroke and click triggers every conceivable obscure option. Some functions are relegated to being hidden behind menu trees, others are only visible are usable when activated contextually, like right-click menus in certain circumstances. What gets given a shortcut like double-click to import in any empty space in the project pane (a significant portion of screen real estate especially when frequently accessed and clicked on to access media) should be decided by how repetitively it's used and how otherwise difficult it would be access in a hurry, and also whether or not someone would need to access it in a hurry.
Importing ideally happens at the START of a project, and then infrequently or never thereafter. Of course in reality media comes in later and there's need to use it throughout, but after the beginning of the project that's pretty much 80% of the importing you're going to be doing on most projects, and then even after that, when you do the rest, it's usually in specific stages where you do a lot of importing at once. One rarely imports a bit of media, does a little bit of work, imports another, does something else, imports another. You import a large chunk at the start. Maybe another large chunk for pickups, or new rushes incoming, another chunk of several files when you get music and maybe some more for the Online stage. It's not something that needs to be done in a rush compared to the many other essential tasks of editing. If I want to import, I can already right-click in the project pane and because I'm in the project pane, contextually the resulting fly out menu has an import button. I can also use the media browser and I can also drop and drag from a file browser and I can also access the function from the file menu. Once I've accessed the function, I can select ALL of the media I'll be importing for a given sitting of imports from the import window so it's not like I'm having to activate the import function once for every imported piece of media, there's just very little rationale for needing to be so quickly accessed.
One might ask why, even if unnecessary, it could be a bad thing for something to be easy to access, and well that's because it's really easy to trigger accidentally, and I'm saying this as someone that usually uses the keyboard as much as possible and accesses the project panel through key commands, even then you often have to click around and many times it results in me accidentally triggering the import function.
I can't see a case for why a function that has this drawback, for a very small benefit, delivered to an area of editing that itself is one of the LEAST in need of it, should be mandatory. Just make it optional.
Carlos Lamas commented
This is an issue I encounter every day. If I need to import something, I'll drag it in, or use cmd-I, or use the Media Browser. So many other ways to do it that don't get in my way. Double-clicking to import should be an option to disable.
James Kolb commented
PLEASE ADOBE! I'm begging you. Add an option to disable this. I'm by no means the most accurate clicker in the world but it is so frustrating to me when I go to click on a file and I get the import window instead of the source monitor. No need to remove it just an option to disable please.