There are more efficient ways to perform editing tasks in Premiere than by using the mouse. David Smith exercises his digits and demonstrates 5 shortcuts every editor needs to know.
We all know that relying on just the mouse and pointer during an edit wastes a lot of time maneuvering around the screen, dropping down menus, then another menu and so on. Plus it only utilizes one hand, leaving the other free to get up to mischief like sneaking in another biscuit, or scribbling out yet another doodle on your log notes.
Keyboard shortcuts were invented by the "Keep Editors Healthier, they never see the Sun” Foundation to combat just that very thing. OK, so I made that up; nonetheless they are an important part of every editor's workflow.
Adobe Premiere Pro has a long list of useful Keyboard Shortcuts that any editor worth their salt will use on a daily basis. For example using J, K and L together to playback and scrub through footage or , (Comma) to Insert Edit and . (period) to Overlay. And who could forget Command-Z to undo (that's our favorite, right?).
There are also a number of really very useful, lesser known shortcuts that will improve your workflow even further. Let's have a look at some of the best ones.
Scorciatoia 1 - Match Frame
So I’ve marked a clip in the Source Monitor with the first 15 seconds of an interview and edited it to the timeline.
Next edit another interview and some B-Roll Footage (from a different Bin) to the Sequence.
Now I’d like to edit a second different 15-second clip of the first interview. I could go back to the Project Panel, navigate to the right bin, find the right clip and load it in the Source Panel myself. Or I could simply scrub back to the first edit on the sequence and press M on the keyboard to Match Frame.
What happens is the original source clip for the interview reloads from the Project Panel into the Source Panel and the Playhead jumps to the exact same frame as is shown in the Program Panel. Now I can find the second 15 seconds but with a lot less work getting there.
Scorciatoia 2 -
One thing that is always taking up time when you edit is the reviewing of edits and transitions to make sure they are timed to perfection and positioned for optimum impact. Scrubbing the playhead back to just beyond the edit and playing over and over means you’ve got half your mind on the controls instead of all your mind on the edit. Here's a faster method.
Apply a transition over one of the edits:
In the Sequence, place an in and an out point a few frames either side of the transition:
Press Shift-Space together to begin playback from the in point to the out point in the Sequence, keep pressing Shift-Space until you are sure that the edit is OK or not.
To amend the Preroll and Postroll times choose Premiere Pro > Preferences > General and change their length of as desired:
Scorciatoia 3 - Zoom per Sequenza
Nothing is handier than being able to work nice and close in the Sequence Panel. However, if you’re anything like me you will regularly get lost in there looking for a specific clip.
Next time try pressing \ (backslash) and the Sequence will automatically zoom out to fit the length of your sequence. It’s much easier to navigate like that.
Scorciatoia 4 - Vai a precedente / successiva modifica
Jumping from edit to edit in the Sequence Panel is so easy when you use Page Up or Page Down. The playhead will jump back to the previous edit point with Page Up or forwards to the next edit point with Page Down. This will prove so much quicker than just scrolling.
Scorciatoia 5 - Applica transizione di default
When you combine Command-D with the previous Page Up and Down function adding transitions quickly becomes a breeze.
Use Page Down to navigate to the next edit point:
Press Command-D to apply the default transition.
To change the default transition, right-click on the desired transition and choose:
Set Selected as Default Transition from the pop-up that appears:
You will find that such an easy method to apply consistent transitions across a Sequence.
Now try putting \ together with Page Up/Down and Command-D to add transitions throughout your Sequence and then use Shift-Spacebar to review them all.