Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

Fancy editing tricks for Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hey there, in this video we're going to look at some fancy Timeline Editing. Let's first of all recap some of the editing from the Source window, when you're kind of dumping it onto the Timeline first, just so we know where that is, then we'll do some rearranging of the Timeline. 

From the Source window we want to add stuff to the Timeline. I've set some in and out points, we can-- up here we can use the button, oh, the long way, you might love the long way, it's fine, clicking your button is not long, but you can see there in the brackets, is the shortcut, so it is comma, ' , ', and it'll do an Insert Edit. 

You can drag from here, I'm going to drag, and I'm just dragging the video because I don't want the audio. I'm dragging this and I can hold down the shortcut, and hold down the 'Command' key, can you see, the Command key changes the-- I'm going to turn on and off, normally it just goes over the top, but if you drag this down, and hold down the 'Command' key on a Mac, 'Ctrl' key on a PC, it will do an Insert Edit, all the same thing. Everybody's covered, button people, shortcut people, holding down draggy people. 

One thing I do want to throw in there though, for, I don't know, I forget this most myself, is, watch this, I can drag it, and you can actually do them all without remembering the shortcuts. You can just actually insert before, undo, over here, I want to put it over the top, no source patching, oh man, track targeting, sorry. So that's kind of really handy as well. 

You could override replace, remember, we held that shortcut earlier on. So let's say that I've got this and I want to switch, let's, oh, what are we doing? Shortcuts going everywhere. It's like this, we want to switch this one out, we drag it down and then we did this one, we held down the 'Option' key on a Mac, 'Alt' on a PC, and it switches it, and you're like, "Oh that's cool." What I should have just showed you back then, is, with it selected, here, I can actually just go Override, nope, I'm going to Replace, and it switches it out. 

So those are a bunch of, like editing techniques, from your source footage onto your Timeline. What about when you're actually on your Timeline? You're like, "I want this to move around," and like, I don't know, have you ever done this? I've done this loads, you're like, I want you first, so I got you, no, a different size. How are you going along there? No problem, and you, down there, you laughing because you've done it. To avoid those sorts of shenanigans. 

I'm going to show you how to switch them using shortcuts, and if you are finding, like, "My goodness, there's been so many shortcuts, how will I ever remember?" I get asked that all the time. You won't remember them all, I don't remember them all. I know a lot because I teach it, but what you need to do is just write down the ones that you think are going to work for you, and know that the rest of them will exist, and you don't have to remember off by heart, because you'll be doing a job, you're like, "Oh, wasn't there a way?," you can come back to this video, figure it out, but you know it exists. 

This one here is kind of handy. We're going to switch these to, A is at the front, Z's here. You need to say, change the position. Great for videos, or like, say images, that you've all got kind of stacked up on the Timeline. Hold down the 'Command' key on a Mac, plus the 'Option' key, on a PC it is 'Ctrl' and 'Alt '. So hold those two down, and then say 'Z', let's change A over here. So I'm going to click, hold, and drag it, and what you naturally want to do, is kind of do that, and nothing changes, you're like, "Hey, are you still at the front?" 

What you need to do is put it after. So I need to go over that side, and that will switch it, that's kind of little unnatural, but now you know, go back the other way, kind of same thing, it needs to be kind of, like way after, not on top of, and then it will switch them back, that didn't work at all. When you're coming back just stick it to the front, I know, strange, and to be honest, I do that every single time. I've recorded this video a couple of times, because I know it and I know the shortcut, but first instance I always just go like this, and go, "It's not working, oh, why is it not working?" Same with going this way, why is it doing something weird? It takes me a second, but often I'm rearranging quite a lot, and it's worth kind of trying to remember what it is, and what it's not.

It's not really switching them, like trading places, it's just kind of like moving this one here, and pushing the rest of them along. What I mean by that is-- let's zoom out on my Timeline. So I've got Tourism, let's say, B here, and Z at the end. They're not going to trade places, if you know what I mean. So hold down my two keys, you remember, 'Command Option' on a Mac, 'Ctrl Alt' on a PC, I can click, hold, and drag it, and see, B's at the front here, it's not going to go to the end. B just gets shoveled along, along the little groups there, and that's just, it's worth remembering if you are doing a big job with lots of B-roll or lots of images. It's super handy. 

One last thing is you can do an Insert Edit, down here in the Timeline rather than up here. Just hold down the 'Ctrl' key on a PC, the 'Command' key on a Mac. So I'm going to move you down to here, and what you'll notice is that it moves it down, pushes these guys along, but leaves a big hole, I have no use for that, you might be like, there's that Insert Edit, pushy, leave a big hole thing, for you. The one I use the most, remember, is 'Command Option' for Mac, 'Ctrl Alt' for PC, and I hope you found something in there, useful for your kind of on the Timeline editing, plus a recap of some of the kind of, like Insert Edits here, from the Essentials course, and kind of earlier on as well. All right, on to the next video.