Top 6 shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro

June 23rd, 2020  |  by Eva

We’ve looked into the top 6 shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro that will save you a hell of a lot of time because we know that as a video editor, you’re always working to tight deadlines and any time you can save is vital to meeting your deadlines; using Adobe Premiere Pro is nothing different.

The top 6 shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro are not currently mapped out to your keyboard settings. By spending some time in your shortcut setting on Adobe Premiere Pro you will free up hours to explore more of your creative freedom.  

Here are a few useful shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro to help you edit your footage much quicker.

The Top 6 Shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro:

Firstly, access your default layout by going to the File menu in Adobe Premiere Pro (or Premiere Pro Menu on the Mac) then select Keyboard Shortcuts > Keyboard Layout Preset > Adobe Premiere Pro Default.

1. Setting and clearing in and out points

Setting in and out points is crucial to editing and setting the section of footage you wish to export from Adobe Premiere Pro. You can set them with the I and O letters on your keyboard.

You can then clear your In and Out points with Ctrl+Shift+I (Opt+I), Ctrl+Shift+O (Opt+O), and Ctrl+Shift+X (Opt+X) for both.

2. Deselecting all clips

To deselect all clips, effects and transitions simply click Shift+Ctrl+A on Windows or Shift+Cmd+A on Mac. This saves a lot of time especially if you have multiple pieces of footage and have transitions and colouring stacked high, as deselecting them individually will take an age.

3. Next and Previous Ripple Trims

When creating rough cuts, the Ripple Trim Previous Edit to Playhead (Q) and Ripple Trim Next Edit to Playhead (W) are critical to the edit.

Simply move the Playhead to where you are looking to trim and press Q or W, then the area between the Playhead and the Next/Previous edit will be removed by the Ripple delete.

This method of trimming is by far the quickest and most efficient way to quickly remove unwanted parts of your clips in the timeline.

4. Match Frame

This is a great shortcut that will save you so much time and a lot of new users are not aware of the shortcut. Simply hover over the clip you want to retrieve the master clip from and hit F on your keyboard, it will bring the master clip up in your source monitor.

5. Expand and minimise your timeline tracks

This is a great shortcut, quick and simple. To expand or minimise your timeline tracks, simply click Shift+=/ –. Ctrl+=/ – (Cmd+=/ –) this adjusts the video track height, and Alt+=/ – (Opt+=/ –) and this amends the audio track height.

6. Zoom to frame shortcut

This one isn’t already mapped out on your keyboard but will save you so much time. The best setup for this is to:

The zoom to frame shortcut will zoom you all the way into the frame level in Adobe Premiere Pro. We recommend that you map this to Ctrl+\ (Cmd+\ on Mac) as this is easy to remember if you already use: \ for zoom to sequence.

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