Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Mark in and out points, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts.
One of the keys to editing is marking in and out points, and this is another one of those keyboard shortcuts that I think is a gimme. I think it makes sense to use the keyboard shortcuts for in and out, which are I and O right off the bat. So here in Premiere Pro, you can see that we have a clip open and actually, it already has in and out points established, and that's just fine, that's actually part of my point. You can clear those if you want to, but if you just remake an in or an out point, and remember that shortcut is i for in, and O for out, there can only be one in and one out.
So if I tap i again, you can see that a new in point is established wherever I tap i, and the same is true of O. Anywhere that I move in this clip and tap O, I get a new out point. In and out also work on the timeline, which is important, so anywhere that I want an in point or an out point on the timeline, I can simply get it. And that's very useful for doing three and four-point edits, which I go over in detail in the Premiere Pro Guru Mastering the Timeline course.
So we can establish our in and out on a clip, or on the timeline just with i and O. And I, I think they're definitely more convenient than using the menu or anything like that. Additionally, once in and out points are established and I'll, I'll show you this up here in the source viewer, but it works also on the timeline. Just the modifier Shift, Shift+i takes you directly to the in point, and Shift+O takes you directly to the out point. So that's two more shortcuts just with the Shift modifier key that easily jumps to an in point or an out point.
To add one more, the modifier key Option, again with i and O, just eliminates those points. So if I just want to clear it out entirely, Option+i removes my in point entirely. Option+O removes my out point entirely, and if I undo that with of course Cmd+Z, I get them back. You also have Option+X, which will remove both in one fell swoop. So we can create in and out points, we can move to them, just jump right to them with the Shift modifier key, and we can eliminate them using the Option modifier key or Alt on the PC.
There's one more thing to note here and it's really just inside Keyboard Shortcuts menu, where you customize, and one thing that's neat and we look at customizing in detail. So you can have i, N, O with your right hand, but you can also customize a second set of shortcuts, so that if you prefer to do this type of navigating and marking with your left hand, you can use something like W, N, E, and that's a little more similar to the Avid keyboard. So i and O for in and out are definitely two of the shortcuts that, I think, not only will you use them all the time, but it pays to just get the muscle memory right and use them right off the bat rather than trying to learn them later.
- Saving, closing, and quitting with shortcuts
- Exporting a movie with a shortcut
- Importing and logging footage with shortcuts
- Marking and adjusting in and out points with shortcuts
- Zooming on the Timeline
- Toggle snapping
- Customizing keyboard shortcuts
- Invoking multiple shortcuts with one command