Improve Snapping in Effect Controls Window! (so it doesn't jump to next clip, etc.)
There are 2 ways the Effect Controls Window workflow could be greatly improved, simply by improving Snapping:
When moving the playhead to the end of a clip in the ECW, dragging a keyframe to the end, or jumping to the end with the 'Go to next edit point' shortcut, the playhead and/or keyframe should automatically snap to the beginning of the last frame rather than to the end of it. This way, the clip loaded in the ECW remains visible in the Program Monitor, rather than the ECW and Program Monitor jumping to the next clip!
When turning off 'Pin to Clip', it would be far more useful if the ECW automatically snapped to a zoom setting that allows all keyframes to be seen! This would save the user the trouble of using the scroll bar to go searching for keyframes that are outside the visible bounds of the clip.
See attached illustration for more info.
This has annoyed me for years and I can't believe it is still a thing.
Jeffrey Drake commented
How many times can I vote "Yes"?
Glad to see more people commenting on this. I agree it's a major time waster. The ECP was not well thought out. It recently got updated with new options so users only see parameters that have been changed and/or keyframed. Does anyone find those new options helpful/necessary? I can easily think of at least a dozen ECP improvements that would be far more useful and help a much greater range of users than this! Adobe's list of priorities clearly isn't in sync with our needs. Lets keep making noise about this until they finally listen :)
ilhan palayret commented
This is such a time waster : everytime we have to drag this keyframe to the end...and if we have to work on it later in the process we have to drag it AGAIN out of the last frame zone in order to not jump to next clip.
Tom Fewchuk commented
Ah wow, this is the most perfect suggestion. Point 1 especially is a daily frustration using keyframes since you are most often putting keyframes on the last frame of a clip.. but always getting pushed into the next clip. So my dumb workaround (as I'm sure most of you do) is to move the last keyframe in a bit, do all changes to it and then drag it to the end.. WHICH SUCKS
Please implement Pierre's suggestions!
Thank you for the reply Wes! Here's hoping progress can be made on the Effect Controls Panel since it's such an essential part of editing in Premiere Pro!
Even more essential than what I ask for in this FR is having a way to pin keyframes to a clip's in, out, or in&out points. Here's my FR for that: https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911233-premiere-pro/suggestions/41391664-keyframe-pinning-options-in-effect-controls-pannel. If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll be glad to elaborate.
All the best!
Thank you for this request. We appreciate the thoughtful request and all of the related details.
We will take this into consideration!
William Stallworth commented
I deal with this problem constantly and it drives me insane. Working around it wastes so much time.
I didn't properly word point 1 in my FR above! Here's is the corrected version, along with a corrected illustration:
When moving the playhead or a keyframe to the end of a clip in the ECW, it should automatically stop moving at the beginning of the last frame, unless 'Pin to Clip' is turned off. Since edits made to a keyframe past this point can't be seen in the Program Monitor (see Opacity keyframe in illustration), having a keyframe placed there is of little to no value to an editor. Locking keyframe/playhead positioning to the beginning of the last frame would also solve the problem of the ECW automatically jumping to the next clip when "Selection Follows Playhead" is enabled in the Selection menu.
Should an editor wish to jump to adjacent clips from within the ECW, they can always do so using the 'Go to Next/Previous Edit Point' shortcuts. Jumping to the next clip should always be a conscious decision made by an editor, and never happen by accident!