Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a custom shortcut, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Professional Trimming.
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- I like trimming with keyboard shortcuts but there's a shortcut that's missing here and it is driving me crazy. So, I wanna customize to get the keyboard shortcut that I need and I know I need but is not in the default set of keyboard shortcuts. And it's a really good one. If you're an editor, I'm sure you share my pain on this. We've been using the keyboard down on the timeline and we've found lots of neat tricks once an edit point is selected to toggle around the different sides of the edit and then also make different types of nudges of that edit.
But what's driving me crazy is there's no way with the keyboard to select the edit point to begin with. I have to go back to my mouse, to start with, to just select it like that and then it's no problem to use these keyboard shortcuts to take this control. But I really would like to be able to use the keyboard to select the edit point to begin with. So we can do that, we just need to go into the Premiere Pro menu and the Keyboard Shortcuts window, also cmd + opt + k.
And this is a really useful window if you've never been here before. Among other things, it lets you search for existing keyboard shortcuts and find what's available. So I can search under Trim and see a lot of options, many of which we've learned already but this is a way to learn more. But the one I want is under Edit Point and I see that I've got some commands but they don't yet have shortcuts. So I want a shortcut for Select Nearest Edit Point as Trim In.
It's gonna select the in point side but then as we've seen I can toggle through that. So over here, if that's what I want, I wanna find a keyboard shortcut that's not yet used but it'll be easy to remember. I think maybe Opt + E will work because I wanna select the edit point, E for edit point. So Opt + E, I now have a new keyboard shortcut and I can tell it OK. So if I've done this right, now just a quick click on Opt + E should highlight the closest edit point and then allow me to toggle through and make my keyboard shortcuts.
So Opt + E doesn't seem to do anything but I think that's a good time to review because none of our video tracks are selected. So, it's a good idea to have the video track selected because if you think about it, how can it tell if I want to select this edit point or that edit point. But with the video track selected, now hopefully Opt + E, yup, will go ahead and select the edit point that I want and now as we know, we can use ctrl + t to toggle different parts of the edit and then use our Option arrow keys to nudge that edit point.
So, customizing the keyboard can be used for lots of things for trimming and beyond trimming. I wanted to cover how to actually customize but in this particular case, there was a real command needed that I was personally missing and now we have it in our toolbox to use.
- Choosing a trimming technique
- Trimming on the timeline
- Performing roll and ripple and slip and slide edits
- Working in Trim Edit mode
- Trimming with the keyboard
- Trimming and mixing audio