Join Luisa Winters for an in-depth discussion in this video Essential keyboard shortcuts for nesting, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Adjustment Layers and Nesting.
- There are several keyboard shortcuts that I use when I am nesting. One of the most important things to do is to create a shortcut for the actual nesting. Let's go ahead and open Sequence 1-6 from the project panel. The first thing that we have in here is two clips and I want to nest them. There are several keyboard shortcuts that I use when I am nesting. One of the most important things that I can do is to create a shortcut for the actual nesting. The first thing that we have in here are two clips and I would like to nest them.
Go ahead and select both clips, right click, and choose Nest. Notice that there is no shortcut next to the word Nest. Now, let's see if there's any shortcut in the menu. Let's go to Clip, Nest, and you see that even though other things have the shortcut listed, like for example Group and Enable, that Nest doesn't have anything. What this is telling me, is that there is no keyboard shortcut assigned to Nest.
Let's go ahead and create one. Click on Premiere Pro CC, and choose Keyboard Shortcuts. If you are on a Windows system, choose Edit, Keyboard Shortcuts, and click. A new panel opens up. Let's go ahead and look at the keyboard layout presets. Click on this dropdown menu, and then here you can see all of the presets that come with the default installation of Premiere Pro. Well, I want to duplicate this one, so choose the Adobe Premiere Pro Default set and then click on Save As.
I'm just going to append my name here to the end so Adobe Premiere Pro Default - Luisa and that way I know that those are the shortcuts that I created for myself. Now I can click on Save. In the search field here, type in the word Nest and you will see it right in there. You can click now on the command for Nest and then look at the shortcut column. You can click on the column there, and then you can press the keyboard shortcut that you want to use.
I want to use ctrl + alt + n, which on the Mac is opt + cmd + n. so let's see if that works, opt + cmd + n and notice that I'm getting a warning. The warning is simply telling me that this is the shortcut to create a new project. Well, I think I'm going to create a lot more new nested sequences than I'm going to be creating new projects, so I think I want to override that particular keyboard shortcut.
So all I'm going to do is click OK. And now my clips are still selected, I will use the shortcut opt + cmd + n and the nested sequence dialog comes up, so I was successful in adding a keyboard shortcut to that command. You can click OK or cancel, and let's move our playhead to the next set of clips which is of course a nested sequence. Now what I want to do, is I want to match the frame that I am seeing right now.
In other words, I want to go to the original clip that contains that frame. I already know that the shortcut for match frame is the letter F. I should go to the clip that contains this original frame. Let's go ahead and do that, press the letter F. And what is happening is that the original clip is not opening up, what is opening up is the nested sequence, and it's showing me where that clip is in the nested sequence.
So this is not what I want at all. So, instead of using that shortcut, I will use this one instead. For Windows, it's ctrl + shift + f, and for the Mac it's just f + f. Now, when I use that shortcut, it opens the original clip and the playhead is on top of that exact same frame where it is on the nested sequence. Other shortcuts that you can use are Q, which are a ripple trim from the beginning of the clip, or W, which is a ripple trim from the end of the clip.
These are great time savers. Let's go ahead and try that. If I play from the beginning of these two clips, while I play I can press the letter Q. What that does is that it trims the clip that I'm on top of, the highlighted clip, from the beginning of the clip. And if I press the letter W, as it plays it's gonna trim from the end of the clip. And I can keep on going, say from here, you can consider this in and out points, and keep 'em playing, and then the letter W.
These are great shortcuts for when you're editing the source clips of a nested sequence. The next set of shortcuts that I would like to discuss is for Group. Select the clips, and it's ctrl or cmd + g, and now they are grouped. And to ungroup the clips, select them and shift + cmd + g, which is shift + ctrl + g on Windows. The last shortcut that I would like to show you is one for render and replace, but just like the one for nest, it doesn't exist so let's go ahead and create one.
Go to Premiere Pro, and choose Keyboard Shortcuts. Remember, on the Windows system it's under Edit, Keyboard Shortcuts. Let's go ahead and click to open this panel. I'm going to go to my preset, the one that I saved before, and now in the search field here I'm just going to type the word render. And you can see that render and replace does not have a shortcut. I want to use the shortcut which is cmd + opt + r.
So I'm going to click here, and now I'm going to press opt + cmd + r and notice that it doesn't have any kind of conflict so all I need to do is click OK. I can now select my two clips, press my shortcut, and now my render and replace panel opens up.
- When and why to nest Premiere Pro
- Rendering and replacing nesting
- Naming nested sequences
- Applying effects with adjustment layers
- Saving adjustment layers
- Adjusting footage using color corrections
- Masking effects
- Creating specific looks with adjustment layers