Make it so you can rearrange tracks by dragging them up and down.
ilhan palayret commented
Jessie Laitar commented
@James Clark - one example, if you use plural eyes to sync your footage. There are times I open the generated timeline and the main camera footage is below secondary/3rd camera. In that case I need to physically select the entire track hold shift and raise it all up. I then have to grab all the tracks and move them back down so I don't have an empty track on level one.
It's inconvenient, you run the risk of moving the tracks even one frame off if you aren't zoomed in.
Another is if I have built a project and change my mind on my graphics layers. typically I put each item type on it's own layer. Overlays on one, name keys on another, b-roll on it's own. If I change my mind and want to switch things around, it's a big pain to be lassoing clips to again drag up or down.
By simply dragging a track up or down, you avoid any issues of misalignment.
Nitin Verma commented
Audition has this, After Effects has this (sorta if you consider tracks as layers). This should be a simple implementation.
[Deleted User] commented
I agree, was looking to do this myself. It helps in layering. If you go your whole track and suddenly realize your transitions need to be moved down a layer in order to better suit some other graphics that pop up close to the same time, it's a one-shot move. Otherwise you must add a new track and copy/paste everything or some other way.
Please implement this. Honestly, does it really matter if some people think we don't need it? Just search Google for this issue and you'll find many other threads all wondering the same thing and other people telling them they don't need this feature and to instead do this other workaround instead. If other, less powerful programs like Sony Vegas have this and ITS USEFUL to some, why not implement it. If you don't want to use it, don't. Premiere is full of weird, quirky abilities that only apply to the select few. Why not make it as versatile as possible?
Aaron Holmlund commented
+1 for this feature.
Cameron Ward commented
@James Clark Having used both Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas the last few days I wish Premiere had this feature.
In Vegas Pro, you can click the track in the left-hand side of the timeline and move the track up or down and the clips on the track follow.
It's a great way of organising and you don't have to worry about the clips becoming out of sync. The amount of times I've dragged lots of clips in Premiere and then lost sync because I didn't place them exactly has been very frustrating.
I've been editing orchestra group ensembles and moving tracks is a really quick way of organising them by instruments. If a violin clip is at the bottom of the stack but the rest of them were in the middle: In Premiere, I have to add a new track, then scroll down, find the clip, then scroll back up to the new track I just made and drop it in there. Then I have to go back and delete the empty track.
In vegas, I can just drag the whole track up to where it needs to be.
When editing audio, for example, Say if you have voice-overs on one track, SFX on another and music on a separate track it would be handy to move the tracks around without having to select all the clips and then drag them to an empty track with the risk of losing sync and potentially creating hours of work later.
Hope this helps give a better understanding and let me know if you have any more questions :)
James Clark commented
Can anyone explain the way they'd like to use this feature to me? On the one hand, if I was going to move the tracks around vertically I would expect mouse dragging to be the most obvious way to do it, but on the other hand I can't understand why anyone would ever move the whole track unilaterally with all its clips across an entire sequence and have the stacking order of which clips are visible when completely changed let alone any and all effects involving masks or track mattes or transparencies of any kind.
I'm trying to imagine even the simplest timeline with only two tracks that's only a minute or two long and has no effects. In that scenario I still can't see how the effect would be any different than switching off the top track using the 'eye' icon. For anything longer and more complex with more tracks, I can't figure out a situation where it wouldn't be a disaster for the timeline. At least if the results were bad it'd be a quick an easy fix to just move the tracks back how they were, since nothing's overwritten or destroyed, but again I can't imagine why you'd move them in the first place.
Mark Lee commented
Yes definitely... please do it...
Frank Koppelmans commented
I'm totally for improvements.
Why would this be good to have?
I think of a documentary of 1 hour length, if I would move 1 track everything will change (transparency will not work as it did, tracks with shots will be covered with other shots, it would be a mess)
Shannon Bruno commented
Please add this feature to rearrange tracks by dragging entire track up & down (not just dragging clips to a different track). Thank you!
A youtube tutorial for handy shortcuts : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqZTtTrnmG0
"Additionally, the ability to drag footage between two tracks " Well you can already do that
This could be a feature for a PPro Panel
Amanda Homi commented
As a new user to Premiere Pro I am baffled as to why this basic feature is not in the program.
almog ben zaken commented
Woe, need this so much
Jessie Laitar commented
Just requested this myself, didn't see this one.
David Bicho commented
I mean - why not!? There have been a meeting at Adobe where some one have said "no, the tracks cannot be moved because....." Would love to hear that explanation.
Peter Kmet commented
Omg, des plesse
Gabriel Foster commented
Oh god, please! This is basic stuff!