Watch: 5 Ways to Speed Up Your Editing in Adobe Premiere

If you want to cut down on the time you spend editing, you might want to check out this helpful video.

Editing's great and all, but no one wants to spend additional hours staring at a timeline when they don't have to. That's why efficiency takes such high priority among editors, but many of them simply don't know how to speed up their workflows in significant ways. In this video, Justin Odisho offers up five tips on how to speed up your workflow in Premiere, whether by customizing your workspace or by utilizing adjustment layers. Check it out below:

If you've ever edited a project before, regardless of length, size, or whatever, you know that having an efficient workflow is one of the most important things to establish because it streamlines everything you do, from import to delivery. There are many ways to do this, but the five Odisho mentions in the video are as follows:

  1. Workspaces: Once you've moved your workspace around and got it just how you like it, Premiere lets you save it. This is especially helpful if you work on a lot of different kinds of projects because you can save an optimized workspace for each one.
  2. Adjustment layers: If you're color correcting individual clips in a sequence, stop right now and use an adjustment layer.
  3. Presets: Premiere lets you preset pretty much anything. If you've just finished fine-tuning a look, you can save it as a preset so you always have access to it when you need it.
  4. Nested sequences: If you've finished editing a certain sequence in your timeline, nest that thing. It turns all of those individual clips into a single block that you can move around without worrying about messing up the clips. 
  5. Shortcuts: If you're an editor, shortcuts should be your second language.

All of these things are really simple and straightforward—I mean, most of them are right-click easy. Each one addresses an issue that tends to drive editors crazy the most, like having to go through and color correct every clip instead of applying an adjustment layer, or constantly having to highlight a finished sequence in your timeline and ever so carefully moving it around instead of just nesting it.

What are some other ways editors can save time? Let us know in the comments below!     

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Five ways to speed up your editing in Adobe Premiere... switch to Final Cut X. :P

March 12, 2017 at 1:53PM

Timothy Cook
Self employed storyteller.

1) NFS, It would be very kind of you it you write 'Beginners/Intermediate /Advanced tips' or something of that sort in the headings to indicate the level of difficulty. Pardon me, but it is sometimes, frustrating to spend 7 minutes and then find out it is a kindergarten video.
2) Make an advanced Premiere video on how to re-edit a huge cluttered timeline with lots of audio and video layers. Say like if someone has to reedit a 45 minutes edited film into a 30 min film or something. I personally struggle a lot there and have found no helpful tutorials on how to deal with it.

March 13, 2017 at 12:30AM, Edited March 13, 12:34AM

Ayan Banerjee
Film Maker

Rule Number 1 on No Film School. Read the article before you watch the videos. Huge timesaver :P

March 13, 2017 at 9:35AM

Taylor Mefford
Video Editor / Sound Designer / Music Composer

One of the biggest time-suckers for me while I'm editing is finding high quality music that's affordable. Thankfully I found this site a few months ago and it's cut my time looking for music in half. Soundstripe is where it's at; all you pay is $10/month and you get full access to their entire music library. You can sort by genre, mood, instrument or playlist.

Check it out:

March 13, 2017 at 1:00PM

Ethan Loomis
Videographer, Loomis Video

Thanks man! great tips!

April 25, 2017 at 12:18AM

Faris Beitar
Film Director