When it comes to editing video in Adobe Premiere Pro, there’s often several ways to do the same thing.

I learn so much from observing other video editors — keyboard shortcuts, workflow improvements, editing tips and tricks. It seems that there’s always several ways to do the same thing. Sometimes certain workflow methods are better than others, while other times it’s just personal preference or project specific.

As an example, let’s take a look at all of the ways we can place video clips on the Premiere Pro timeline.


From Finder/Windows Explorer/Desktop

I’m sure you’re aware that you can drag and drop media assets directly from your desktop and/or browser straight to the project panel. But you can also drag directly to the timeline. Once you add an asset to the timeline, it will create a reference file in the project panel.

Different Ways to Move Video Onto Your Premiere Pro Timeline: Browser


From the Source Monitor

The most common method, you can place In and Out points in the Source Monitor and then insert or overwrite straight to the timeline panel. You can use the insert and overwrite buttons on the source panel, or the keyboard shortcuts. You can also drag video or audio separately using the buttons within the source panel.

Different Ways to Move Video Onto Your Premiere Pro Timeline: Source Monitor


From the Project Panel

You can quickly grab video and audio directly from the Project Panel and drag them straight to the timeline, bypassing the Source Monitor. You’ll most likely find yourself doing this with media assets you don’t need to review or set In and Out points for, such as titles or images. These assets often have preset durations (which you can change in preferences), so you don’t have to worry about bringing in a massive video clip with a long duration.

Different Ways to Move Video Onto Your Premiere Pro Timeline: Project Panel


From the Project Panel Onto the New Item Button

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This is a fast way to get a sequence started. You simply grab a video file and drag it directly over the New Item button. This will create a sequence matching the tech specs of your source clip. Sometimes it can be a headache creating a new sequence for video when you don’t know the exact codec/technical specifications, including pixel aspect ratio and frame rate. This solves that problem.

Different Ways to Move Video Onto Your Premiere Pro Timeline: New Item


From the Media Browser

Several years ago I began working with P2 files, and I found the file directory and naming structure to be frustrating and unwieldy in the editing process — until I discovered the power of the Media Browser. With the Media Browser you can preview and import a wide variety of file types, including P2. You can drag and drop one or multiple files directly onto the timeline. Or, you can launch the clips into the Source Monitor straight from the Media Browser, set In and Out points, and then take it to the timeline.

Different Ways to Move Video Onto Your Premiere Pro Timeline: Media Browser


From After Effects

If you spend a lot of time working in Adobe After Effects, you might be surprised to know that you can copy/paste media assets directly from one program to the other. Just make sure you copy from within an After Effects comp and paste directly on a Premiere Pro timeline. You cannot copy/paste from the Project Panels.

Different Ways to Move Video Onto Your Premiere Pro Timeline: After Effects

Know another great method for moving files to the timeline? We’d sure like to hear it Share in the comments below!