5 Helpful Tips You Never Knew In Premiere Pro


Premiere Pro.  It’s 14 years old now and it’s grown to be pretty huge and powerful.  So big that the average user probably isn’t going to know every single aspect of the program.  What does this mean? Well it means that there’s probably some helpful things you didn’t know about Premiere Pro.  And today, we’re looking at 5 of them.  So let’s start with:

Master Clip Effects

Usually when you want to make changes to a clip, you click on the clip and you make your change.  Then if you have a different clip from that same video file, you’d make those changes again.  And then again, and then again.

But here’s what master clip effects do.  They let you make changes to the video file itself within premiere pro, so now any clip on your timeline that comes from that video file will have those changes applied immediately.   To get to master file effects, double click on your video file in the project manager and select master effects.  Now make your changes like you normally would and the changes will be applied across your project.  

If you’re looking another way to save time, this is definitely a good one.

Ram Reserved

This is perhaps the easiest place to start trying to address a bottleneck in your Premiere Pro workflow.   If you’re computer just isn’t keeping up, try telling your computer to reserve more ram for Premiere Pro.  

The process is simple. Go to preferences under either the edit, or premiere pro tab. And go down to memory.  You’ll see a set of numbers at the top here.  The one in blue that says ram reserved for other applications is the one you want to focus on.  Drop this number as low as you can. This basically frees up the maximum amount of RAM that Premiere has access to.  This may not solve all your worries, but it can help to ensure that RAM isn’t the problem if you’re computer starts to bottleneck.

Target Tracks

If you’re big on keyboard shortcuts, using the period or comma keys can help you quickly insert a clip wherever your playhead is at.  But have you ever been bringing clips into your timeline and thought, there’s a lot of different layers this video file could land on.  Why does it always go to track 1?  Especially if it’s chopping off some existing footage that's already there.

Well, what’s actually happening is that Premiere has that track targeted.  It’s done with these markers here, the ones that say V1 and A1 over on the far left here.  

To switch these up, just click on a different track layer in the same location and you’ll set the target for clips to land on that layer.  Now you can add clips without worrying about overwriting other clips that are already there.

Favourite Text

This one is specific to CC 2018.  There’s so many fonts you can select from in Premiere Pro, but there’s probably only less than 10 that you consistently go back to again and again. This is when it can be helpful to star your favourites.  Now instead of scrolling through a list of all the garbage fonts you don’t want to use, you have all your favourites available at the click of a button.  Click here to star your favourite fonts and click here to view only your favourites.  It makes things so simple.

Star Symbol

This is a very different star than in number 4.  It doesn’t really give you any flexibility in your work, but it’s a really simple way to see if the work you’ve done is safe or not. If you look up here at the top of your Premiere window at the end of the title of your project, you will likely see a little star asterisk.  Basically, if you see a star there, it’s telling you that you have work done in your project that’s not currently saved.  You may think this doesn’t really make a difference to your workflow, until you know about it.  You may be surprised how often you look up to see if it’s there or not.   For example, if your computer freezes, you can quickly look up and see if the work you’ve done up until that point is safe or not.  No star, no problem.  Rest easy.

We hope you found this video helpful.  If you did, we’ve got lots of other tutorials for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and filmmaking in general! If you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.  

Thank you so much for watching and we hope to see you in the next video!

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