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Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts

Lesson 59 from: Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Abba Shapiro

Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts

Lesson 59 from: Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Abba Shapiro

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59. Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts

Summary (Generated from Transcript)

The lesson discusses advanced editing techniques in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, specifically focusing on keyboard shortcuts. The instructor demonstrates how to extend or shorten the duration of a clip using the E key, how to select a specific type of trim using shortcuts, how to trim with the keyboard using the option/alt key, and how to nudge a clip by one frame at a time using the command/alt key. The lesson also covers how to perform a ripple delete, which is option delete on a Mac and alt backspace on a PC.


  1. How can you extend or shorten the duration of a clip using keyboard shortcuts?

    By selecting the edit point, positioning the playhead, and hitting the E key.

  2. How can you select a specific type of trim using shortcuts?

    By right-clicking on an edit point, choosing the desired trim type, and using the keyboard shortcut control T to toggle between the trim types.

  3. How can you trim a clip using the keyboard?

    By selecting the clip and using the left and right trim keys with the option key on a Mac or the control key on a PC.

  4. How can you nudge a clip by one frame at a time using the keyboard?

    By selecting the clip and using the left and right arrows with the alt key on a Mac or the command key on a PC.

  5. How can you perform a ripple delete?

    On a Mac, use the option delete shortcut. On a PC, use the alt backspace shortcut.


Class Trailer

Understanding Editing: Bootcamp Overview


Understanding Editing: Overview


Understanding Editing: Video Examples


Tour The Interface: Digital Video Workflow


Tour The Interface: Project Panel


Tour The Interface: Choosing Your Shot


Tour The Interface: Music And Voice Over


Tour The Interface: Video Tracks


Tour The Interface: Edit Markers


Building a Rough Cut: Cut Planning


Building a Rough Cut: Selecting Media


Building a Rough Cut: The Edit


Building a Rough Cut: Edit Points


Refining Your Edit: Preparation


Refining Your Edit: Making Cuts


Refining Your Edit: Using Markers


Refining Your Edit: J and L Cuts


Refining Your Edit: Replace Edit


Working with Audio: Overview


Working with Audio: Levels


Working with Audio: Music


Working with Audio: Mixing And Syncing


Transitions: Overview


Transitions: Effect Controls


Filters & Effects: Overview


Filters & Effects: Using Multiple Filters


Motion & Animation: Motion And Animation Overview


Motion & Animation: Movement With Still Images


Motion & Animation: Picture In Picture


Motion & Animation: Motion Effects


Titling & Graphics: Overview


Titling & Graphics: Advanced Tools


Titling & Graphics: Roll And Crawl Effects


Titling & Graphics: Working With Photoshop


Speed Changes: Overview


Speed Changes: Stills And Variable Speeds


Color Correction: Overview


Color Correction: Lumetri Scopes


Color Correction: Contrast


Color Correction: Advanced Tools


Color Correction: Adjusting To A Master Clip


Finishing: Prepping for Output


Finishing: QC Edit Points


Sharing & Exporting: Overview


Sharing & Exporting: Size And Quality


Ingesting Media:


Ingesting Media: Transferring And Importing


Media Management & Archiving


Multi-Camera Editing: Overview


Multi-Camera Editing: Creating A Sequence


Multi-Camera Editing: Switching Multiple Cameras


Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing


Creating Timelapses: Shooting Strategies


Creating Timelapses: Editing Images


Creating Timelapses: Importing Strategies


Creating Timelapses: Animation


Advanced Editing Techniques: Take Command Of Your Timeline


Advanced Editing Techniques: Transitions


Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts


Advanced Editing Techniques: Preference Hacks


Thinking Like an Editor: Editing Choices


Thinking Like an Editor: Telling the Story


Special Tools: Warp Stabilizer


Special Tools: Morph Cut


Special Tools: Green Screen


Lesson Info

Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts

Let's take a look at some other things that I find are very useful when I'm editing. We've learned about the ripple and roll and all the trim edits, but sometimes you might have an edit point selected and you know you have enough media on the clip you say, you know something, I want that to end right there. It's like I'm listening to it, I want to extend the duration of this clip. So as long as you have enough media on the original file and you position your playhead, if you hit the E key, E for extend the duration. It will automatically, I'll do that again if you blinked, it will move the edit point to where the playhead is parked. So the trick is, select the edit point, position your playhead, hit E, and now you've done what's called an extend edit. It also works to make a clip shorter. So this is really useful if you're playing along and you know exactly, the playhead is at the right point where maybe you want to cut out a piece of B roll. Select the edit, have the edit board even s...

elected hit the E key, it automatically moves it to that location. Very, very powerful tool. I just, by the way, selected two clips on two layers. With that done, I now hit the E key and I can actually move these around and it's basing it on this one, I moved it so much it disappeared, there we go. So, you can do it with multiple layers, it's just things to open up your, the ideas of what you're playing with is that there's things you can do with holding down modifiers and selecting it and sometimes just try it, just go through the combinations, command, alt, control, I'm mixing between Windows and PC, shift control and sometimes you may even want to assign a keyboard shortcut or see if you can assign one to do something you do all the time. So, for instance, one of the things that I think is really cool in Premier is that if I right click on an edit point, I can actually change the type of trim I'm doing. You know between that red bracket or the yellow bracket of the roll, right here. So I can quickly change what I want to do and then maybe use a keyboard shortcut to the actual trim. If it's selected, I can also do control T and it will toggle, let me zoom in so you can see it actually toggles between the different types I'm in control of my trimming tool. And I can choose the type of trim I want to do. Now that's great, now I love it and I use it all the time but I really with there was a way for me to actually select that without having to go down and select it. And the capability is there, I'm panning up at pretty high zoom level to my keyboard shortcuts. Under keyboard shortcuts, I want to see if there's one to select the edit point nearby. I'm going to type in, I'm going to do some guesses and I will go like, edit, and I'll go down here and see, well through edits, I really want something in my sequence, add edit, it's hard to see. So you know, I could dig through here, but maybe I just want to go something near, oh, look at that, select nearest edit point. I don't care which one I select it as because I can always switch it with control T I just want to be able to select the nearest one. So maybe I just want to select it with a ripple in. So, I like that, I'm going to go ahead and we're going to make a shortcut for me to be able to use a capability that's built in the system but doesn't have a shortcut yet. Okay, so this is how to create a shortcut, I know that control T is how I would switch between them, so I'm going to try something that maybe has control T in it because that's easier for me to remember. If the shortcut already exists it will give me a warning if the shortcut exists for another action. I'm going to try shift control T I cheated, I actually knew that was an empty space but I'm going to go ahead and hit okay. So now, when I'm editing, and I have my cursor there if I hit shift control T it goes and selects the closest endpoint to where the playhead is. So I don't have to select it myself. Now, once it's selected, I'm using the up and down arrow keys to go between each of them and I don't have to figure out which one I want by moving my playhead. So once it's selected, I move forward and then say, oh, I don't want to do a ripple trim, I'm going to hit control T and I can switch the type of trim that I'm already doing, and I find that's a really, pretty cool. You like that? This is great, but you know what I haven't taught you how to do? Trim with keyboard. So, we have the clip selected and you want to be able to do that, you're going to be using the I believe, I'm trying to remember this stuff, watch me mess this up, there we go, that, that's how we select, I believe, and now I'm going to cheat, it's the left and right trim keys with the option, that's where I get messed up it's option on a Mac and control on a PC. So, I have this selected, option and I can move this back and forth, let me zoom in really tight so you can see Control T, this is selected, I say control T I'm holding down shift T, so I have to look down, switch it to a ripple trim. I'm now going ahead and hit option and I'm just trimming this one frame at a time with a ripple, okay? If want to trim multiple frames, shift is usually the modifier for multiple, so shift option and now I'm doing it by multiple, default being five. So, this is really good, because, sometimes you do you like, you have like a, especially with audio you know, I'm having, I just need to trim off the last bit of something and you don't want to sit there and drag it, you can and if you do like to drag, my recommendation is zoom in as far as you can because then you have really fine tuning on your drag at a frame at a time, but now that you know that you have this optional way of doing it I hold down the option key one frame at a time shift option, multiple frames, and remember earlier on, we did change a preference and this is one of the preferences that I like and that is, allowing the selection tool to automatically switch to the yellow version without holding the modifier key. The other reason I brought that in is, this is your large trim offset so the default is when you hold down that shift key is five frames, but let's say you really want to jump a second at time, as long as you know that you're in a 30 frame, do 30 frames, or 24 do 24. And now you can actually move by maybe something that's more useful, I want to lop off or add a second at a time. So again, you have a lot of flexibility and I realize this is a fire hose of information. But it goes back to the very beginning of the course where I said, I don't expect you to remember everything but if I can get it in your brain somewhere you'll probably go, you know, I know he mentioned there was a way to trim with a keyboard and you'll look it up, or you'll look at the cheat sheet. So I'd rather you be aware of like, all the power that's here and I also want to go back to the beginning because there's a lot of people who are quote, purists, if you don't, if you edit using a mouse, you're not an editor. That's what I hear from old school editors. To me, if you get a paycheck for editing or successfully complete your show, you're an editor. And if shortcuts aren't your thing, don't panic that you're not memorizing shortcuts. I have some people that edit really fast with a mouse and they know where everything is and life is good, but for those folks who like keyboards I want you to be aware that this stuff is there. And it can be quick and stylistically I do both. And sometimes I may cut a whole show with keyboards. And the next time I don't feel like remembering the shortcuts and I'm using my mouse a lot. Okay, but at least we know it's there and it's going to quicken things up. So, let's see where else I'm going with this, all over the place, no actually this is less all over the place. We'll hit ok there, so we have the trim back, trim forward, you can also nudge things, you know like nudge things. I can nudge the person next to me saying, is this over yet? But not necessarily nudging that way. If I want to move a clip I can drag it but sometimes again just like with, I'm going to end here, with trimming, you want to be a little more precise. I'm going to go ahead and unhook these by deleting that so you can see the space being built. So to nudge something, it is actually using again, the modifiers it's the alt key and the command key with shift, but the clip is selected. Okay so, alt, command, I'm on a Mac, there we go so, this is where my brain fries between Mac and PC command on a Mac, alt on a PC, if you select a clip and use the same left and right arrows that you would to trim, you can now move this by one frame at a time, okay. Again, great precision, hold down the shift key you are now nudging it by many, okay and I say many because that is based upon your settings. It should be based upon that trim offset of many. So, if you're editing and you're like me and you're jumping around and you're like, I know you want to do this, I want to do this, what do I do, I'm go, I know I have to select the clip. I know it's the left and right arrow. Let me play with my modifier keys. It's not going to be shift yet, cause that's many so it's probably gonna be on a Mac, command or option. And I know on a PC it's gonna be alt or it's gonna be control and I go, oh, does this work? Yes, does this work? No, and then I remember the keyboard shortcut. I'll be honest with you, it's not like all of these are like, oh yeah, a computer in my head. The keyboard mash is definitely one of those things eventually, if you're doing that all the time it will stick, but how hard is it to try option or command and see which one works. And remember shift is the many. So that's moving things around. We've talked about deleting before, deleting ripple deletes. And, I indicated, I want just to revisit this because it does vary on a Mac verses a PC. So I did want to point out, and we'll go ahead and we'll select this one here. Zoom into the playhead, so a ripple delete is option delete on a Mac, so if I hold option delete it will remove the clip and close the space that, that clip occupied. You notice it did not close the entire space I can click that and hit delete also and it closes that. So in a Mac it's option delete, on a Windows machine or PC it's alt backspace, okay? For those watching, for those using a Windows system it's alt backspace and that will give you the ripple delete.

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Building a Rough Cut - Project Files
Refining Your Edit - Project File
Working with Audio Project File
Motion Effects - Project Files
Titling and Graphics - Project Files
Speed Changes - Project Files
Color Correction - Project Files
Finishing - Project Files
Multi-Camera Editing - Project Files (Large Download - 3.25GB)
Creating Timelapses - Project Files (Large Download - 1.25GB)
Thinking Like An Editor - Project Files
Special Tools - Project Files

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I've never even tried video editing before this class. I opened the program once and panicked. After only 9 lessons I was able to throw a short video together (basic of course, but still pretty cool). I wish all of my teachers growing up were just like Abba. He goes over everything without dragging anything on for too long. He repeats things just enough for me to actually remember them, and he is funny. He keeps it fun and shows that even he makes mistakes. I can't even believe how much I have learned in less than a quarter of his class. I have a long way to go and am very excited to learn more. This class is worth every penny and more! I was hesitant on buying the class because I have CS6 and he works with CC, but I have already used what I've learned in his course to create a video. The first 9 lessons were already worth what I paid for the entire course. Thank you, Abba! You are an awesome teacher! You have me absolutely obsessed with creating right now! I highly recommend! You won't find this thorough of a course for this decent price!

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Just bought this yesterday and cannot stop watching!!!! What a FANTASTIC teacher-- just love the way he explains everything. For someone like me (who has a zillion questions) it is perfect. As soon as he introduces a feature, he explains several aspects in such a way that's easy to grasp and remember. So, so happy I got this. Thank you Abba and CreativeLive!

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I am only on lesson 19 and I am so glad I bought this class, so worth it and Abba packs so much information into these lessons its crazy. I will for sure have to come back and watch again when I need to remember to do stuff or need a refresher. He is funny and quirky and a great teacher. I so recommend this to anyone wanting to become a better video editor!! I am coming from being self taught and using iMovie and he makes it so simple and understandable. Can't wait to learn more :)

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