6 Ways You Can Utilize the Alt/Option Key in Premiere Pro

Here's one little key that'll speed up your workflow in a big way.

Editors are always looking for ways to make their editing workflow faster and more efficient, and one way of doing that is by putting the many keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro to good use. One key that does a ton of useful and powerful things is the Alt/Option key, and in this tutorial from Premium Beat, Jason Boone shows you all the ways you can use Alt/Option in Premiere to speed up your editing process.

Boone shows you how to use the Alt/Option key to:

  • Isolate your audio and video
  • Duplicate assets
  • Rearrange edits and clips
  • Ripple delete
  • Replace timeline clips with ones from the Project Panel or Source Monitor
  • Create titles

It's clear that Alt/Option is a powerful key on your keyboard, since all of these actions will greatly speed up your workflow, but there are plenty of other keyboard shortcuts that you should know about. You can check them out here, here, here, here, and here. There are also some helpful techniques you can put into practice that'll help you save time in post, like remapping your keyboard and mouse to perform single-keypress commands

If you want to learn more about how to utilize the Alt/Option key in Premiere Pro, head on over to PremiumBeat.

What are some Premiere Pro shortcuts that make your workflow faster and more efficient? Let us know in the comments below.     

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Great one. Thank you, very useful.

January 8, 2017 at 6:26AM

Jan Becker
Director Producer DP

You can also rearrange clips by holding the Cmd/Ctrl key down BEFORE you select and drag. That way you don't leave a gap.

January 8, 2017 at 6:25PM

Jorgen Bjerke
Video editor and trainer

best shortcut I know is just using Avid

January 9, 2017 at 10:15AM

Editor / Assistant Editor

i know this post is old .... maybe someone will see this .... any idea if ppro 2017 is free and clear of bugs yet ? i downloaded it on first release ... big mistake .. then switched back to the previous version ... is it safe to test the waters again ?

January 12, 2017 at 7:51AM, Edited January 12, 7:51AM

stephen knifton
owner / creative director