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My most used editing Shortcuts in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, this is all of the other useful shortcuts. There's going to be some in here, I put them in my order of usefulness. There's lots in here, I've just included the ones that I know, I know friends and colleagues, and I know that you, there'll be some people out there, like, "Ah, there's one thing that's going to save the day." There's not a quiz that you have to remember them all, but just jot down the ones that seem useful to you. Let's get going. 

First up is your left and right arrows, I use this a lot, it is, like say this, I'm trying to get this timing, let's unmute it here, listen to it, I'm trying to do this flick, like this, yeah, it's not quite right. So to do it I come in here, I zoom in, and I use my left and right arrows because you can see, see the time code here, or here, it's jumping one frame at a time, left and right, and I can kind of start getting like--

I'm going to open this up, and I'm going to see where it is. I'm going to say, just try and get it left and right. That's kind of just before the click. Now I'm going to hit my 'W' key, same for this one here, I'm going to open it up and say, when does this start? There it is there, I have my 'Q' key, and try and use that for my timing, better-ish. 

Where it gets used quite a bit as well is, for some reason-- whether you've got it on by default, or you're holding Shift and snapping to the end of these tracks, notice that the end of a clip, sorry, track, I mean clip, and it's black, you're like, "Well, why does it go there?" You have to go one backwards, so you click on it, and then you hit one frame backwards, and now I can be working on this, whereas if I drag it to the end, and I go into my, say Effect Controls, and I want to play with my opacity, and I turn it on, and I'm up and down I'm like, "Why can't I see it?" It's actually on that track, but go one frame back and it's a lot clearer. 

So that's the left and right arrow. Oh, that's right, it gets better if you hold down the Shift key and use your left, right arrow, it'll jump in five frames forward or backwards, so you can kind of get in close, kind of jump forward and backwards, left and right, and then let go of the Shift, and it'll just go one frame at a time. If five frames for whatever reason is too much or too little, you can go into Preferences and change things like that. So in 'Preferences', 'Playback', you can see there, 5 frames, you might go 30 frames or 50 frames, or whatever makes sense for your workflow, and the kind of content you're creating. All right, I'm happy with 5. 

Next shortcut, the next one is, I use this quite a bit, it's the, I don't know, relatives to the left and right, the brother and sister, the up and the down, can you see my Timeline down here, it just jumps to the next significant part of my Timeline, where I've got edits. This is just really handy, just kind of up, up, down, down, down, to kind of get to the next bit rather than dragging around. All right, I'll mute that from now on. 

All right, next trick, the next one you know I love, but let's throw it in there, it's the Tilde, '~' key. It's a little wavy key on your keyboard, somewhere. Everybody's keyboard's slightly different, but it looks like a little wave, click on it, wherever your mouse is hovering, it will make that screen nice and big, great for Timeline. I use it mostly for my Project window, where I'm-- I just want this to be kind of, yeah, get in amongst my files, you know what I mean. The other thing I do use it for, is when I'm just watching a playback over this program monitor, tap it once, turn it off. 

All right, this next one is, I've got this kind of like clip, let's listen here, "It's the wrong laptop, I've got another," so I kind of, like I added a bit of applause in here, in the final edit, where I kind of like, I made it full power, I'm like, "I used the wrong laptop for ages in this video," didn't even have what I wanted on it. So I had this kind of applause. Now getting the applause timing right, you can drag it along, that's fine, but it's really handy to kind of just nudge it a little bit. 

I'm going to zoom in a little bit, and I'm going to play, "…it's the wrong laptop." So it needs to be across a little bit, but instead of trying to drag it and snapping all that sort of stuff, with it selected hold the 'Command' key down, that's on a Mac, and 'Ctrl' key on a PC, I've got it selected, and just left and right arrows again. Just kind of nudges it at one frame at a time. You can just get the timing right, you're like, here we go… "…that's the wrong laptop." Not quite right 'Shift K' to, "I realize after waiting for 10 minutes, that's the wrong laptop." I'm talking to you, like it's a bad, So Command left and right arrow, just to get the timing right, and then again, 'Shift L', "I realize after waiting for 10 minutes, that's the wrong laptop." Nope, still along, so Command-left and right arrows, just probably somewhere around there, 'Shift K', "I realize after waiting for 10 minutes, that's the wrong laptop." Nope, still across, I'm not going to keep going with that, but you get the idea. 

I find it's really useful when audio is out of sync as well, and you don't have like a good track to automatically sync it up, you can just nudge things around. It works the exact same for graphics. You might have something on the Timeline, and the timing's not quite right. It's done the B-roll in there again. Instead of doing edits or dragging it, you can just nudge it. So hold down the 'Command' key and the left, right arrow. 

Another little tip is, if you hold 'Shift', it'll go in big chunks. So holding down just the Command key, right arrow, one frame, hold 'Shift Command' on a Mac, or 'Shift Ctrl' on a PC, it goes in a bigger chunk. All right, next shortcut, please. Another handy shortcut, is adjusting this kind of time code here. You can drag it left and right, you can hold Shift and drag it to go fast, if you do that, I don't ever, but I know you can. What I end up doing is, I get feedback quite a bit from my videos, from other stakeholders, and I say, like 1 minute and 10 seconds, there is a spelling mistake, that happens a lot, or I kind of miss, say something. So I need to go and edit it, so I know that when I click on it I can say, at like 1 minute and 10 seconds, and then you put in 00 for the frames, and it jumps to it, cool, huh. 

Let’s go 30 seconds 00 frames, it'll jump to that part. It gets even better, instead of like clicking here, and then going 10 seconds - my microphone's in the way. - 00, you can use a number keypad. I'll show you what I've got set up. Now a number keypad is the keypad to the right of lots of keyboards, not the numbers on the top, they don't work for this trick. So you need one on the right. 

So this is my setup, I don't have a number keypad, because I've got a MacBook Pro, and I've bought this plug-in number keypad, and I use the shortcut enough, that was worth buying, and when I say worth buying, like that thing there was about 10 bucks, not expensive. Don't get the Bluetooth one, that's my opinion, especially if you've got a Mac. It never connected properly, it wasn't worth it, it's in the junk drawer. So let's jump back into Premiere Pro. 

Now why is that hassle and drama, and that really ugly chord across my desk? It's so that I can stop clicking on that, and then typing in the code. I know, you're like, "That doesn't seem like all that nice." So 1 minute 2 seconds, I have to kind of get my mouse click over here, take both hands off my keyboard and start typing, whereas my number keypad, I don't have to click up here, that's it. I can just type on my keyboard. You can't see me tapping, but I'm just going to go, ready, steady, 1 second-- 1 minute, 5 seconds, 00, it'll jump to there, and when I'm doing my kind of edits and fixes, based on time codes, oh I love it. So let's go to 5 seconds, 00, 1 minute 20, 00. Yeah, you have to kind of change, move up here, You might like it. Now that I explained to you it seems ridiculous, but hey, that's what I do. Let's get on to the next tip. 

The next one, a nice simple one, is you can hold down the 'Shift' key, and click any of these icons, and it will do them all. Same with, like muting. I do this mostly with muting, you want to mute all the tracks, hold 'Shift', click one mute and they all mute, holding 'Shift' again and click them, they all come off. I've turned all the eyeballs off in here, I never do that but you can, you can say, Sync Lock them all. Anything, I'll lock them all, holding 'Shift', clicking one of them, we'll do them all in one go. 

All right, we're getting into the dregs of the shortcuts of the ones that I see. There's a shortcut for everything, and we're going to cover a few more in the course, but I guess I wanted to find all the tasty ones, and put them together for you, like at least the ones I use occasionally. 

The last one in this little group is going to be the Shift 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. So hold 'Shift' and tap '1'. Can you notice, it's gone to my project, watch the little blue bar around the outside. Let's jump to my Project panel, 2, look at that, it's opened my Source monitor, 3, it's gone to my Timeline, 4, 5, 6, 7. You can jump through and pull them up. 

Now why that's useful is that, when you're in some sort of strange kind of thing, you're into the Libraries, and, Program window, I never change, and down here though, it's always on, something wrong, not wrong but just like something else. Same with up here, you're on Source monitor, and you want to be in Effect Controls. These are the main ones, 1, 5, and 7, those are the ones I remember. So 'Shift-1', opens up my Project panel, no matter where I'm at. 'Shift-1', back open, 'Shift-5' is my Effect Controls. 

So I've got something selected, I use that quite a lot, and I'm always on something else. So Shift 5 and 7's the other one, 7 jumps to my Effects panel, where I'm looking for stuff. I don't use 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, but just decide on that, maybe the one that you use the most, or the two for me, it's Shift 1, 5, and 7, for the Program panel, the Effect Controls, and the Effects itself. 

One last thing before we go, why not. If you're doing this kind of like folder structure, like I am, when you've got lots of things, and they're all kind of nested and using List view, what you can do is you can hold down the 'Option' key, and click on any of these little chevrons. It will close them all up, can you see, tidy, hold that down again and click one of them, they all open up, even all the, like sub categories. If you just want to like dive in there, hit 'Utility' key, and see everything. Hold the 'Option' key down, click '1', nice and tidy. Option, I'm saying, Option on a Mac, and that's Alt on a PC, open all bins, close all bins. 

All right, that's it, we'll do a few more through the course, where they're appropriate in the different sections, but hey, I hope you found it useful. There's going to be some in there, you're probably going to be a little bit overwhelmed too, so many shortcuts, but hey, we're in advanced class, and again, only a few of these are going to apply to you, that you think are like, "Oh man, that's the thing that I keep doing all the time, I'm glad I know it." Don't think you have to remember them all. I try to-- I feel like it's a personal challenge as a Premiere Pro instructor, but hey, it's good sometimes, just to know that they are there, when you are working on a job that has quite a repetitive thing, that you might be doing, that might be new. All right, on to the next video.