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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.
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.
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