New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Creating keyboard shortcuts

From: Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

Video: Creating keyboard shortcuts

Throughout this course, I've been telling you some keyboard shortcuts to help make your editing more efficient. Well, there are some instances where there is no keyboard shortcut for something you do a lot, or perhaps by reflex you want a different shortcut because you're used to going to a certain location when editing. Well, you can easily add or modify any keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro 6, and to do that you need to go to the Premiere Pro dropdown menu on a Mac, and underneath Preferences you will see this, an option for Keyboard Shortcuts. And if you're working on a Windows machine, it will be under the Edit menu at the very bottom.

Creating keyboard shortcuts

Throughout this course, I've been telling you some keyboard shortcuts to help make your editing more efficient. Well, there are some instances where there is no keyboard shortcut for something you do a lot, or perhaps by reflex you want a different shortcut because you're used to going to a certain location when editing. Well, you can easily add or modify any keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro 6, and to do that you need to go to the Premiere Pro dropdown menu on a Mac, and underneath Preferences you will see this, an option for Keyboard Shortcuts. And if you're working on a Windows machine, it will be under the Edit menu at the very bottom.

That's where we found the Preferences option, and that's where you are going to find Keyboard Shortcuts to change that on a Window machine. Now let's go ahead and open up the Keyboard Shortcuts menu. Now this will look exactly the same, whether you're on a PC or a Mac, and what I really like about this is I can find out what the keyboard shortcut is for an action that I do all the time, or I can create one if it doesn't exist. Before we go into that, I want to point out something that's really cool with Premiere Pro 6, and that is if you've played with another non-linear editing systems such as Final Cut Pro, or the Avid System, you can actually import those keyboard shortcuts, and if you came from Premiere Pro 5.5 and you're used to those keyboard shortcuts, you can import them also.

So you can actually switch back and forth depending on what you've used prior to this. Now, personally, I recommend sticking to the default keyboard shortcuts and learning those and then adding ones that you need as you go along. So that's what we're going to do. Now, if I'm looking to change a keyboard shortcut or find out if there already is one, I can simply type in what that shortcut might be. So perhaps I'm looking for a trimming shortcut, so I'm going to type in the word trim, and as you see, it gives me a list of all the trimming shortcuts that are available, and it's specific to whether I'm in a certain window or in the sequence or just globally.

So remember a lot of shortcuts are panel or window-specific. Now, there is a great keyboard shortcut that I use all the time that doesn't exist in Premiere Pro 6 yet. So we're going to go ahead and add that, and in this case, it's Ripple Trim Next Edit To Playhead, and Ripple Trim Previous Edit To Playhead. And I'll show you what they do. I'm going to go ahead--and if you watched an earlier movie, one of my favorite keyboard shortcuts was to the Extend Edit key, which is E, and so to the left and right of that are the W and the R key.

So, since next playhead is to the right, and the R key is to the right of E key, I'm going to go ahead and make this keyboard shortcut of the letter R. And there is nothing assigned to the letter R, so it didn't give me a warning, and then I'm going to go ahead to the previous one, double-click that, and type W. Now I want to show you what happens if I try to create a keyboard shortcut and it's already assigned, and I know for instance that looping is something I like to do sometimes when I'm editing, which basically plays the same In and Out Point or the same part of pile of the clip over and over again so I can adjust my edit. And I like to have a keyboard shortcut for that, so maybe the L key would be appropriate.

Now, again, this is something that is specific to the different panels, so you want to make sure you pick the right location. So in this case, I'm going to do it in my source panel, so maybe I just want a loop for my In to my Out. So I'm going to go ahead and select that, double-click it to make it active, and I'm going to go ahead press the L key. Well, the L key is already in use by J, K, L, so it warns me it doesn't want me to accidentally overwrite this shortcut. So let me go ahead and try something different. I'm going to go ahead and delete that L. I'm going to say Clear, just to be safe, open up that loop, and I'm on a Macintosh so I'm going to go ahead and hit Command+L, and because it's not being used on my system, it will accept that as a keyboard shortcut.

Now you'll notice that I no longer--I am in the default Premiere Pro 6 keyboard shortcuts, I've modified it. So I can go ahead and I can save this as one of my favorites, and I can simply click Save As, or I can just leave it this way, and it will be default as the Custom. Since this is temporary, I'm going to just leave this as Custom, and I'm gonna press OK. Now let me show you how cool this keyboard shortcut is. So normally we'd play, and if I didn't Extend Edit, I need to go ahead and click on the edge. We learned all of that in a previous movie, but let's say I just wanted to trim off the end of this clip, I play up to here, and after that I want to delete everything to the right.

Well, that's that great new keyboard shortcut I created which is the letter R. If I press R, it just trims everything off to the right and closes that space. This is awesome when you just want to really clean up an edit or you're doing audio work and you need to take out pauses. I'm going to do the reverse of that. I'm going to go ahead and move my playhead over here and hit the W key. That's to the left of E, or to the left of my Extend Edit, and in that case I trimmed off the head of the clip. Let me go ahead and show you that here, it would probably be a little more dramatic, but I'll park the playhead, it's going to cut everything off here, and slide it over as a Ripple Delete. I'm going to go ahead and hit the W key, and the whole beginning of that clip is now gone.

So as you can see, creating a custom keyboard shortcut that increases your productivity is a great thing to think about and even better a great thing to do.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training
Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

81 video lessons · 60846 viewers

Abba Shapiro
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 37s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 9s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 51s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 41s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.