I don't like this 2020 feature: squeeze assets between other assets

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I just noticed there's a 2-minute space in my project where a video used to be but there's a black box.

What I can remember is I dragged a box onto my timeline and couldn't find it. So, I figured I did something wrong so I dragged another box onto the timeline. Much later I discovered the box had replaced the video clip.

I can't just recreate the clip because it had 15 splices and 4 animations in it, and was in sync with other assets.

I didn't expect that "squeeze assets between other assets" feature to REPLACE an asset.

I want to disable this.

There are lots of times when I'll drag several assets onto my timeline, knowing I'm going to use them. I don't want to have to worry about losing a lot of hard work this easily.
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If you drag in an asset hover it directly over a clip. It can/will replace existing media.

You have to watch for visual clues. The existing media will turn blue as you drag something in. Then turn green if media is about to be over written.



When inserting media, theres a small arrow and a yellow insertion line that appears.



I'll agree its a little fiddly to manipulate and adapt to. I would like to see the insert experience improved.

I suppose the option to disable it may appeal to some. I'm not sure how I feel about that at quite yet.Need time to process.


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Exactly. It's fiddly. When I've got 15 tracks and countless transitions and assets, I don't want fiddly.

It's common for me to quickly drag a bunch of stuff onto the timeline and drop them in random spots because I know I'm going to use them. Say ... 4 squares, 3 arrows, and a music clip. I don't want to worry about accidentally pasting over an asset or squeezing something in between other things and getting stuff out of sync.

This feature is spooky. I can spend hours getting a bunch of small things all lined up. This feature makes it too easy to goof something up.

I love the detachable timeline and the matte track. But this ... no.

Whenever I need to squeeze something between other things, I have a bunch of stuff tracks to move, not just 1.
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I see what you mean, I've been playing around with it ever since I posted earlier.

The yellow line only appears if I happen to position the cursor just right. When I'm zoomed out of the timeline, it appears pretty regularly.

The line is actually timeline snapping, indicating the edge of the clip is lined up with the edge of another one vertically. It has nothing to do with insert process.

To be perfectly honest, I don't have much use for the feature. I tend to edit in a linear fashion. Not inserting clips between others very often.

I can see why its cramping your style.

You got my vote {:>)
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I edit in layers and it take a long time to get all this stuff stacked up.

What do you mean by editing in a linear fashion? I've not seen anyone else's editing style.
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This feature seriously needs to go away or I need the option to toggle it off.

Yesterday I was working on a complex project and THREE times I accidentally replaced something with something else. It's too easy.

I don't even want the option to squeeze an asset in between other assets. I would rather be required to deliberately select and drag things around. When I've got 4 arrows with behaviors, associated sound effects, background music, animations, text, transitions and my narration all stacked up across 5 seconds, anything out of place turns the whole thing to crap.

Nothing should move unless I select it and move it.


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perhaps try this technique ...

after dragging a lot of stuff to timeline, select an item, ctrl-X to copy to clipboard, right click on timeline at spot you want that object, select paste

that way, no risk in bumping into other stuff already on timeline
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Thank you. I'll take some getting used to as I'm already used to moving footage around with my mouse. 
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The problem sometimes happens when dragging a lot of stuff onto the timeline--especially a timeline that's filled with a lot of stuff.  I could have 20 tracks jam packed and need to drag a few new things. I need to be certain that nothing existing is going to move or get replaced.

I've got no interest in this feature even if it was working properly.