Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Learning and customizing keyboard shortcuts, part of After Effects and Premiere Pro: Optimizing Performance (2011).
When people think about performance, they often think about trying to make it so that they never have to wait for their computer. For example, they're trying to make it so that they don't have to wait for a render. But the truth is that very often it's the computer that's waiting for you. One of the ways to work faster overall is to make sure that you can execute actions as quickly as possible. One of the ways to do this is to learn the key board shortcuts of your application, and customize the keyboard shortcuts to suit you. For example if I want to create a new adjustment layer, I could go to layer, new, adjustment layer.
And if I wanted to undo that I could go to Edit > Undo > New Adjustment Layer, or, I could just use the keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcut for creating a new adjustment layer is Crtl > Alt > Y. Or Cmd > Option > Y on a MacOS. If I wanted to trim that adjustment layer, so that the outpoint is where my current time indicator is, I could press Alt+. And if I wanted to create a work area that was just around my Adjustment layer, I could go to its end point by pressing I, set the beginning of the work area by pressing B, go to the out point by pressing O, set the end of the work area by pressing N. And then I can write a preview by pressing zero on the numeric keypad. All of those keyboard shortcuts were much faster than doing those things with menus.
The point is that keyboard shortcuts make it much faster for you to work in general. For information on keyboard shortcuts you can go to Help. Keyboard shortcuts in AfterEffects and get a list of all the keyboard shortcuts. It's a very long list. We of course won't memorize them all right away. You probably won't memorize all of them ever, but if you read through the list then you can find the ones that are interesting to you... And are likely to serve your purposes for what you do commonly. You can also find information on modifying keyboard shortcuts. If keyboard shortcuts in their default configuration don't suit you, you can change them.
In After Effects, there isn't a built in keyboard shortcut editor. So, you can either manually edit a text file, or you can use the much more convenient method of using a script, provided by Adobe, on the Adobe exchange. The keyed up script, provided by Adobe, written by Jeff Almoso, on the After Effects team, is part of a whole package of scripts providing several useful functions. I'll Tab to go back to After Effects. To run the keyed up script once you've installed it, go to file, scripts, run script file, and navigate to where you've installed the script. By default, you should've put both scripts in the support files scripts folder.
Click Open. If I wanted to change the keyboard shortcut for maximizing a panel, I would go to General panel window, Maximize panel, and the default keyboard shortcut is the accent key. So let's say that I wanted to change that to tilde, which is what many people mistakenly say that the default key word shortcut is. I can click, update shortcut, and then okay. I'm not going to do this because I actually like the default. Cancel. Keyboard shortcuts are also very valuable in Adobe Premier Pro. In fact it seems to me they are sometimes even more valuable because working in a non linear editor is more about executing many commands rapidly. So press alt, tab to switch over to Premier Pro. And for information about keyboard shortcuts in Premier Pro. Go to Help > Keyboard, this will open Premiere Pro Help for information about keyboard shortcuts, including information on customizing your keyboard shortcuts. Premiere Pro, unlike After Effects, does have a Keyboard Shortcut Editor. So if we go back to Premiere Pro And go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. You can directly modify the keyboard shortcuts from within Premiere Pro. Simply navigate to the keyboard shortcut that you want to change. You can even just do a search.
So if I want to search for maximize, just type in maximize. Then search within each category. I see, maximize or restore active frame, or maximize or restore frame under cursor. And we see here the default is, accent. If I wanted to change this, I would just click edit, and then type the new value. And it tells me that the one that I chose, Shift plus Exit, is already taken. So, you simply have to find a keyboard shortcut that isn't already taken. Here's a hint, though.
Most of the keyboard shortcuts are already taken, because there are many many keyboard shortcuts within Premier Pro. I actually don't want to change this from the default, because I like the default of having accent. So, I'll change that back. Just press the Accent key and then press OK. I know that it may be humbling to think in terms of improving performance by learning keyboard shortcuts, and modifying keyboard shortcuts. But the truth is, it's much more often it's the computer that's waiting for you to do something then the other way around.
So, the more that you can do to speed yourself up, the more you'll speed up your work in general.
- Planning your work, updating, and auto-saving
- Learning and customizing keyboard shortcuts
- Optimizing hard disks and CPUs
- GPU: CUDA and OpenGL
- Using "Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously" multiprocessing
- Pre-rendering and proxies in After Effects
- Lowering resolution for previews