3 Little Features That Make a Big Difference In Premiere Pro

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Hi guys!  Jordan with Motion Array and, If you’re like me, you spend most of your time at a computer.   And so much of that time at the computer is spent inside Premiere Pro. And as I was creating the previous tutorial, all of my settings were accidentally reset to default, which made me realize, there’s a lot of really small but important features that I take for granted on a daily basis.  So we’re going over my pick of 3 little features that make a big difference in Premiere Pro.

3 Little Features That Make a Big Difference In Adobe Premiere Pro

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So let’s start it out with

1 - Timeline Smooth Scroll

By default, your timeline will likely work by bringing the playhead left to play your media, and when it reaches the end of the screen it----- where did it go?!  The video’s still playing but i can’t see my playhead. Hello!

It just blazes right by and you have to play catch up if you want to see you video playing in context.   Or you might have it set to have the timeline jump forwards when it reaches the end. This is...better in my opinion, but it’s still super disorienting.  

So here’s the solution.  Go to edit, preferences, timeline. And then where it says timeline playback auto-scrolling, set it to smooth scroll.  Once you do, your playhead will stay more or less in the center of your timeline box, and the whole timeline will move forwards or backwards as you project progresses.  Giving you a heads up to what’s coming next in the sequence. And it’s sooooooooo much better!

2 - Play audio while scrubbing

Keeping in line with making your editing experience feel better, is the audio scrubbing option.  What is audio scrubbing? (auditory example). I don’t know a single person, who actually enjoys that sound.   Maybe it doesn’t seem so bad, and you think “well it’s not the greatest sound, but it’s not that bad right”. Try 6 hours strait of just this.  It doesn’t take long for me to start to feel like my live is being sucked out of my soul! To be fair...there might be an editing situation where this could...maybe...come in handy.  But I don’t know it and it’s just a huge annoyance for me personally. Thankfully there’s a simple solution.

Go to edit, preferences, audio and make sure that you uncheck play audio while scrubbing. Now all you hear while you’re editing is sweet, sweet, peaceful silence.  AHHHHHHHH.

3 - Workspaces

When it comes to video editing, it’s really, really easy to get frustrated.  Remember how frustrated I was with audio scrubbing? Maybe it’s just me. To be honest, I find so much that how “frustration free” of a time I’m having video editing correlates to how effectively I’m able to sit and edit for hours with a high degree of productivity.   And when it comes to little annoyances, the workspace layout is culprit number one.

Premiere has all these different workspace layouts at the top here and also under window to be able to choose from.   But these each are good for a certain part of the editing process, but that doesn’t mean they’re perfect for you. Whether it’s a bunch of tabs and bars that you have to scroll through even though, you never use them.  Or if you have a 3 monitor command station that you want to take advantage of, being able to customize your workspace to what works for you is essential! So you can actually ditch the given workspaces and make your own, mess around with your workspace and get it to the place where you like it and feel comfortable with it.  Then you can save that workspace by going to window, workspace, save as new workspace, and then you can name it whatever you want. Then when you next open up premiere pro, your favorite workspace setup is either set to default or just a click away!

Well, that concludes this tutorial. I hope you found it helpful, if you did, please give us a thumbs up and if you’d like to see more tutorials please go ahead and subscribe because we’re making new ones all the time.  I hope you guys found it helpful.  If you did, we’ve got lots of other Premiere Pro tutorialsAfter Effects tutorials and filmmaking tutorials!

Thanks for watching and see you in the next video.

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