Top 10 Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts You Never Knew


Hi Guys!  Jordan with Motion Array and today we’re looking at some Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts

Top 10 Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts You Never Knew

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When it comes video editing, efficiency is KEY! If you’re working for months on a project, every keystroke will add up to an insane amount of time either gained, or lost.  So today, we’re sharing 10 AWESOME keyboard shortcuts that, you probably didn’t know about, but once you do, you’ll wonder how you managed to get by without them.   So let’s dive in!

1. Backslash - \ 

Getting a good view of your timeline key to being able to work effectively inside it.  If you don’t know where you are in the context of your video, it can be hard to make decisions that can affect tone and pacing.   I always find myself going to a wide view of my entire constructed timeline, and with the \ buttin you can do that in just one click.  

2. Shift and +/-

Another frustrating task I find myself doing often is increasing or decreasing the width of audio and video tracks.   If it’s too skinny, you can’t see any changes to opacity or speed ramping that you’ve done, but if it’s too thick, you might not be able to see any of the other tracks you have going on above your clip.  But by holding shift and hitting plus or minus, you can change the size of your audio and video tracks to just the amount you need. And if you want to dive in for fine control, you can target specific video layers with ctrl instead, and specific audio layers with alt.

3. Shift and Move

Speaking of moving clips between tracks, there’s a lot of times I’ll find that I need to move a piece of audio or video up or down to a new layer either for organization or because I want it to take priority in the edit. But when I do that I pretty much always need it to stay EXACTLY where it was in sequence.  So by holding Shift and moving it you can lock it in the horizontal direction, and safely move it to a new track layer without worry.

4. Shift + P

Thumbnail view for your clips in your project manager is really helpful, you can just take a quick look and know exactly which piece of footage you’re working with.  That is unless it’s got a black screen or a really unhelpful thumbnail. But you can actually choose your own thumbnail by scrubbing to the point you like and hitting Shift + P and easily be able to identify it for next time.

5. CTRL (or command) vs SHIFT while moving

When you’re making adjustments to elements within your project, moving around a title, graphic, or really anything, you might find yourself wanting to make incredibly fine movements.  Moving your item just a hair’s width. By holding ctrl or command while making your movements, Premiere will require more mouse movement to move things the same distance, giving your more fine control to make placement absolutely perfect.  Similarly if you need to move something pretty far, and find yourself swiping your mouse 5-6 times before getting it where you need to go, you can hold shift to make your movements way more sensitive.

6. Shift + Delete

When it comes to getting your rough edit all squared away, you’re going to be doing a lot of trimming and moving.  For a typical Motion Array Tutorial, I’ll be doing this process over and over maybe hundreds of times. Make a cut, delete the excess, move everything back together, and review the cut.  Sometime’s it’s just with the audio that B-roll will go overtop of later, and it takes a LOT of time. But you can save time by using the ripple delete to delete the footage and close the gap in one keystroke.  Normally it’s Shift+Delete, but originally, mine was having trouble working correctly as default. So instead I remapped it using the keyboard shortcut menu. In case yours is having trouble too, I’ll show you what I did.  Hit control or command, alt, and K to bring up the menu. Type in the search bar ‘ripple delete’ and you should see the current listing for the ripple delete shortcut. Now click the x to delete the current one, then click, and press whatever key you want to use as the new shortcut key for ripple delete.  Now, our editing can continue on even faster

7. D

This one is as quick to explain as it is useful.  By hitting the D key, you select whatever clip is directly overtop of the playhead.  Pretty useful for making quick selections without having to move the mouse. And you can see how you could combine it with the last shortcut for even faster editing speeds.  Select, and ripple delete.

8. CTRL (or command) + G

Sometimes when you’re moving clips all around it’s frustrating to have to click on multiple clips over and over again to move them as a group.  So Premiere actually lets you group clips together without nesting them in their own sequence.

Just highlight the clips you want by clicking and dragging over them, or by holding shift and selecting, and then hit control or command G.  Now whenever you select one of the clips thats grouped, it will highlight all the clips that you've grouped together with it. And ungrouping is simple too.  Click on any of the grouped clips and hit control or command, shift, G.

9. Shift + R 

Ever wonder where in your video a particular section has been used?  Well if you’ve got it in your source monitor, wherever your playhead is in this section, hitting shift and R will move your timeline playhead to the first place that same frame appears in your edit! Neat right?

10. CRTL (or command) + \ 

Finally this one is SO helpful for me and I use it every day.  I do a lot of screen recordings for these types of videos and it’s aggravating when I realize after the fact that my screen isn’t actually completely full screen. It’s got some room at the edges.    Plus I never really liked this top bar here displayed when I put up these recordings. Well if you hit control or command + \ you’ll actually make your premiere pro window take up the full amount of the screen, and it’ll be presented in a mode that makes it look a little more classy.  No top bar, just a beautiful full screen display. No worries about accidentally moving it around either.

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Thanks for watching and see you in the next video.

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