June 25, 2016

10 Adobe Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts That Will Help You Edit Faster

Editing takes forever, which is why it's always a good idea to have a few tricks that will save you time while you're working.

One way to maximize productivity in editing is with keyboard shortcuts, and Tobias from Surfaced Studio shares 10 essential ones for Adobe Premiere Pro that will help you work faster and more efficiently.

There are tons of keyboard shortcuts you can utilize in Premiere Pro—in fact, you can check out a layout of all of them here, but these ten are the ones you'll be using on a more consistent basis as you edit.

(If you're on a Mac: CTRL = COMMAND and ALT = OPTION)

  • Navigation: (SHIFT) + LEFT / RIGHT / UP / DOWN
  • Editing Tools: V, (SHIFT) + A, B, N, R, C, Y, U, P, H, Zoom
  • Unselect All: CTRL + SHIFT + A
  • Nudge Clip: (SHIFT) + ALT + LEFT / RIGHT
  • Add Edit (Cut): (SHIFT) + CTRL + K
  • Extend Previous / Next Edit to Playhead: SHIFT + Q / W
  • Link / Unlink: CTRL + L
  • Add Default Transition: CTRL + D
  • Speed & Duration Settings: CTRL + R
  • Mark In / Out: I / O
  • Mark Clip: X
  • Export Media: CTRL + M

Commit these shortcuts to muscle memory and you'll be editing like a machine in no time.      

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Thanks. Very useful information.

June 25, 2016 at 7:59PM

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Sameir Ali
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"10 Adobe Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts That'll Help You Edit Faster"

Let me tell you, why this entire post is bullshit.

1. You can assign any keyboard command to the given function inside Premiere Pro (and in any other NLE). There are a lot of default settings and a lot of them do not fit to a given workflow. So re-assignments are necessary.

2. How do you know which keyboard commands are important to an editor to work faster?

It is up to the editor, what he needs and how he sets up his short cuts.

Have a nice day.
Jeff

June 26, 2016 at 9:43AM

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JeffreyWalther
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That's one of the first things he says in the video...

June 26, 2016 at 6:21PM

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Guido Gautsch
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Wow, do you earn money being nasty? He clearly mentioned at the start why he chose these shortcuts, did you even watch the video or you just came looking for something to heap nastiness on? It's pathetic how some labour to share precious knowledge for free, while others contribute nothing but condemnation for those that dare help others.

June 26, 2016 at 7:54PM

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Bob Omulo
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CTRL + K for the win

June 27, 2016 at 3:28AM

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The Q/W, shift+Q/W shortcuts are game changers. Head and tail trim to playhead and extend to playhead, respectively, really will make you faster, especially when stringing out your roughs.

June 27, 2016 at 9:44AM, Edited June 27, 9:44AM

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Corey Crago
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