Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the new keyboard shortcuts, part of Premiere Pro CS6 New Features.
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Power editors drive Premiere Pro from the keyboard, and with CS6, initially, no one is going to be happy. See, what happened is is the team went back and revised the shortcuts. Now, we're not talking major revisions, and in most cases, I agree with the shortcuts, but I wanted to point out some of the big ones that have changed. Throughout our exercises, we've been pointing out shortcuts to you. Many of those are new, but there are some specific ones with core editing tasks that I'd like to take a moment and just walk you through.
First off, if you want to see your keyboard shortcuts, you can go under the Edit menu or the Premiere Pro menu and just choose Keyboard Shortcuts. One of the nicest things here is that it's easier to discover shortcuts. In previous versions, we'd have to flip between the different categories, between Panels, Application, and Tools. And many of the best shortcuts are really panel shortcuts, not application commands that appear in the top menus. So this new user interface makes shortcuts much more discoverable.
For example, let's type in the word "out," and you'll see that we have the ability to zoom out or mark out, the ability to do splits or play in to out or go to those points. And as you go through, you'll notice that lots of keyboard shortcuts are in here. Now, up at the top, we have the ability, of course, to change sets. There is the old Premiere Pro CS5.5 set. So you're welcome to switch to that, and that will put you back exactly where you were with CS5.5, with a few exceptions.
On the other hand, under CS6.0, this is going to be a new shortcut set, and many of these shortcuts will seem familiar to longtime Final Cut Pro users. There are, of course, preset shortcuts for Media Composer 5.0 and Final Cut 7.0. So, why all this change? Well, Premiere Pro went through and got rid of some menu commands and added others that never existed, so they had to make changes. The team really looked at the user interface and tried to refine it to make it a middle ground for professional editors.
Avid editors, Final Cut Pro editors, and longtime Premiere Pro editors should feel at ease using the application. With the default presets here to match common editing systems, these will be useful. I recommend, if you're a newer user, just start with the CS6 shortcuts, or even a longtime user, give them a try. Remember, it's very easy to search for a specific shortcut and then change it to a new key. For example, if I type in Mark, I can go ahead and change any of these, for example, Add Marker. If I just double-click, I could type in a new command, like the asterisk key, or I will just undo that and put it back to the letter M. All right! Here we are, in our Timeline, and I just want to go over some of the core editing ones that are useful.
First off, we have Match Frame, and that has been changed to the letter F. Tapping the F key will go ahead and match-frame the clip from the sequence back to the Source Monitor. So if you need to find a particular clip and you just want to load it, F for Match Frame is very intuitive. Another useful shortcut is to play around, which is Shift+K, and this will automatically jump it back a couple of seconds and loop around your playhead.
If you want to just review near the playhead, press Shift+K to create a loop. Another one I really like is the ability to set an in and an out point to define a range, and then I could do Ctrl+Shift+Space on a PC to go ahead and cycle through that individual in to out point and review it. (video playing) Think of that as you'd like to control or command how you shift between the in and out point.
Speaking of in and out points, it's gotten a lot easier to control them. Shift+I will shift to your in point and Shift+O will shift to your out point. That's really easy, go to in and go to out. On the other hand, if you want to clear those, Ctrl+Shift+I will clear the in point and Ctrl+Shift+O will clear the out point. If you have an in and an out point and you want to get rid of both of them, simply press Ctrl+Shift+X to clear it.
Speaking of X, you might be used to "X marks the spot" in another NLE. That doesn't work in Premiere, but if you select a clip, and you press the slash key, it will mark the in to out for the selected range. Another thing I really like is the ability to quickly jump between edit points. Let's just select the individual video track 1. Using the up and down arrows, I can move between edit points in my sequence very quickly, and this makes it simple to jump through in spot points.
If I want to use specific tracks, just make sure those tracks are highlighted. If you want to use all tracks, add the Shift key, and now it will stop at every single edit point on all tracks, irregardless of which tracks are selected. Lastly, one of the best things about Premiere Pro is how easy it is to export a still frame. If you've got the playhead on a position that you want and you want to post a clip, maybe as a thumbnail for a YouTube post or to a website, just position the playhead and press Ctrl+Shift+E. You're going to need to have the Program Monitor selected, and this will bring up the Export Frame dialog box.
Depending upon your operating system, you will have different choices. For example, the Windows bitmap format is only available on Windows, as is GIF, but formats like JPEG or PNG work very well for the web, and things like TARGA or TIFF will work for print or multimedia use. This allows you to send out a stillframe very quickly. There are lots more changes inside Premiere Pro to the keyboard shortcuts. Remember, you can always mouse over a button and see its shortcut, look in the menu--you'll see shortcuts there-- and of course, the customized Keyboard Shortcut dialog is a great way to browse, customize, as well as learn essential keyboard shortcuts.
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- Using hover scrub
- Working with the dropped frames indicator
- Ingesting and logging media with Adobe Prelude
- Transforming a selection with multi-cam editing
- Understanding how trimming has changed
- Applying effects with video adjustment layers
- Stabilizing footage with the Warp Stabilizer effect
- Using the audio track and audio channel features