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EDIT FASTER In Premiere Pro // 10 Shortcuts & Features You Should Know

October 30, 2019

okay I’m not saying that I advocate this
or that I’m promoting it in any way but if you are a procrastinator and you put
things off to the last minute this video is probably good for you
what is that people Dunna here and today we’re talking about ten shortcuts and
features that you can be using to speed up your editing in Premiere Pro being
able to speed up your workflow and increase your efficiency is something
that every editor should be striving for if you’re just doing projects for yourself
it’s gonna increase the amount of time that you have to create more and if
you’re doing projects for clients it means the potential to impress those
clients hit deadlines and in the end make more money doing what you love to
do one of the best ways that you can speed up your workflow is by using
shortcuts on those repetitive tasks that you’re gonna do thousands of times over
the span of a project even if each shortcut only saves you a couple of
seconds multiply that by every time you have to repeat that throughout the
project and you’re basically a time-traveling wizard or just really
efficient okay let’s jump into the first one number one is creating your own
keyboard shortcuts this might seem like a weird place to start off but it’s one
of the most important ones if there’s something that I don’t mention here
today it probably still exists inside Premiere Pro and if you think it’s a
good idea you can map it to whatever keys you want on your keyboard go into
the preferences and go into the keyboard shortcuts and you can customize them
however you want find the function that you want cut beside it and then use the
shortcut that you want to use in the end if the keyboard shortcut is already
being used by something it’ll give you a little warning and you can decide
whether you want to go ahead with it or not I found this particularly helpful
because I’m used to other software and other shortcuts from my work in
recording studios so when I first started using Premiere Pro I went in and
mapped things out to what I was already used to simple things like cutting
moving things just map them out to where I already knew them and then I didn’t
have to learn a whole nother program and that brings us to our second point which
is to add edit all this means is that we’re gonna make a cut in a clip on our
timeline now you can go and click the Blade tool and make that
come wherever you want or you can use the shortcut for it which defaults to being
in command K or control K I personally set it to “B” because that’s what I was
used to in my other software but you can set it to whatever you want because you
know how now number three everybody’s favorite ripple delete let’s say we make
a cut in a clip and make another cut and we want to delete that but we don’t want
to leave a big empty space on our timeline we want everything to snap back
to where that clip was all you have to do is use ripple delete to ripple delete
highlight the clip that you want to delete and hit shift delete
alternatively if there’s already a gap in your timeline double click to
highlight the gap and then hit shift delete again I map this to a quick key
of X because I use this so much one thing to note on the left side of your
timeline there is something called toggle sync lock and this is gonna
change whether each track in your timeline is going to respond to that
ripple delete or whether it’s going to leave the clips in the same place if
it’s turned off on that track it’ll leave the clips alone if it’s turned on
everything will snap back with the ripple delete something very related to
ripple delete number four is ripple trim trimming just means pulling in from the
end of a clip so let’s say we want to trim off the last 15 seconds of a clip
we can just pull it in or if we leave our cursor where we want to trim and we
hit W it’s gonna automatically do the trim for us and snap everything back
into that place so there’s no gap in the timeline again alternatively if you want
to trim from the front of a clip you can put your cursor where you want it hit Q
and it’ll delete everything off the front of the clip snapping all the clips
back to the place where that clip was starting now be careful with this one
because not only does toggle sync lock affect this but also the toggle track
targeting which is the highlighting of the a1 v1 v2 so on and so forth
essentially enabling which tracks are going to be affected by this and which
ones aren’t this can actually be really handy because sometimes you just want to
work on one track at a time and leave everything else where it is so you can
turn off all the other tracks and only work on the one it takes a little bit of
getting used to and you delete a couple of things you don’t want to but you can
always undo bonus tip command-z or control-z undo you probably know that
one already number five is snapping and you can
toggle this on and off by using the s key but there’s also a button on the top
left side of your timeline and what this does is it toggles the snapping of
different clips when you’re moving them around on the timeline if it’s enabled
they snap to pretty much everything if there’s a marker if there’s another clip
you can always snap them to other places on the timeline but sometimes you want
to move them around without them automatically snapping into place so you
can toggle this off move it where you want it and you’re good to go
number six is an awesome feature that not enough people are using and it’s the
custom workspaces actually even the workspaces that they give you not enough
people are using one of the best things for usability in Premiere Pro is that
you can totally customize the layout the way that it looks and the way that you
interact with it but Premiere Pro also set you up with a bunch of automatic
ones that are designed for each stage of the process
so there’s assembly for when you’re picking Clips there’s edit for when
you’re editing there’s color for when you’re ready for color grading audio
graphics and then I personally customized a couple of those and made
three different setups for myself one for when I’m just using my laptop it’s
my single screen setup one for when I’m at home and I have my secondary monitor
so that’s my dual screen setup and one that’s designed for editing vertical
video for Instagram that has a vertical video viewer on the right-hand side
instead of the space at the top to view your video which is obviously made for
horizontal video once you move a whole bunch of things around if you want to
save your own all you have to do is go up to the window menu and save your own
under the workspaces tab number seven is a simple but useful one and it’s moving
your cursor to the next cut on the timeline sometimes you just want to jump
to the next cut see what the next clip is if you press down it’ll go to the
next edit and if you press up it’ll go to the previous edit holding shift will
make that work too any track in the timeline but if you just hit up or down
without holding shift it’ll just go on the tracks that are activated on the
left hand side number nine is one that I only recently
started using and it’s super handy and it’s called rearrange clips let’s say
you’ve got two clips in a row and you want to rearrange the order of them if
you try and just drag that second one over the first one it’ll just make the
first one disappear but if you grab the second clip hold command or control on a
PC and move it before that first clip it’ll actually bump the first clip over
now if you’ve got other tracks as well and you’re only holding command it’s
actually gonna bump everything over and it will make cuts and the other tracks
so if you only want it to move over things on the track that you’re working
on hold command and option I believe that
would be ctrl + Alt on a PC I’m not really a PC guy and the final shortcut
is to copy and paste attributes I talked about this in a previous video where I
talked about hacking speed ramping and making it quicker throughout a whole
sequence what copy and paste attributes allows you to do is take a whole bunch
of different functions of a single clip and paste them to another clip or
multiple other clips all at one time so let’s say I’ve zoomed in made some
keyframes done some things with the opacity and applied a couple of effects
to a clip and I want that to be applied to all the clips that are in that same
series all I have to do is highlight that first clip on my timeline hit
command C to copy or control C on a PC highlight the other clips that I want to
paste those attributes to you can hold shift to select multiple or just draw a
box around them right click on one of the clips choose paste attributes and
then you can select which parts of that previous clip you want to paste on to
the other ones this is really handy for Clips like this where I’m recording for
a long period of time but I cut it down if I think I want to apply an effect to
any of those clips and I want to eventually do it to all of them all I
have to do is do it on the first one and then paste attributes to the rest of
them and bam I’m done as a bonus to that one you can also remove attributes so if
you right-click on any clip you can click remove attributes and you can get
rid of any little part of that clip restore it back to the way that it
originally was as always I want to turn it over to you guys do you have any
shortcuts or features that you use in Premiere Pro that speed up your workflow
share them in the comments let’s start a conversation if you had fun you learn
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  • Reply Sean Ricalde January 7, 2019 at 1:28 pm


  • Reply Egon 10 January 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Nice video thank Dunna

  • Reply Dunna Did It January 7, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    What are your favorite shortcuts when editing video?

  • Reply TechMeUp!!! January 7, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for the video! Great job btw

  • Reply TechMeUp!!! January 7, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Btw you wrote shorcut instead of shortcut

  • Reply sufyan xec January 7, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Great rescue by Dunna! A big hands for him please 👏🙏- love from Goa, India

  • Reply WiseMindFilms January 7, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Dope! This week my video is talking about the same thing. How to edit faster… I like to use the “comment marker” feature when doing my first assembly to leave myself notes or to mark places I need to revisit or add effects to. I use the different color flags to organize what each marker can be so I can just look at the timeline and see based on color what I need to do next… this allows me to zoom in on laying down the first cut and then I can fine tune accordingly

  • Reply Tvennet January 7, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    That part where you forget to record yourself was just too damn good. That little vintage music.
    Yet Another great Dunna video. Hope you'll pass by to watch my next video when I release it 😉 #notifsquad

  • Reply ABIR SHEZAN January 7, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Nice contact ,
    Very helpful for me! 😊

  • Reply The Battle Branch Boys January 7, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Dunna I think you just saved my life! I have been editing for 9 months and I didn't know any of these! Lol

  • Reply The Battle Branch Boys January 7, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Btw, how do you do your vertical Instagram videos? Do you film in 4k and render down to 1080p? Do you film with your camera in portrait?

  • Reply P for Pathan January 7, 2019 at 2:43 pm


  • Reply Patrik Rasch January 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Been silently watching since 1500 subs and mahgawd you've improved and grown fast.
    Well done, truly well done ❤️

  • Reply Per Einar Ljøkjel January 7, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    One small extra tip regarding to the blade and ripple shortcuts, there already are two for this task. If you press q or w it will cut and ripple delete before or after the playhead(q is before and w are after) but pay atention to it also do it to all other tracks that’s not locked.

    Ofcourse I paused the video to comment this and you covered it right afterwards😂

  • Reply Gerson S January 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    thx u very much bro.. that helps me a lot!! 😀

  • Reply Josh Hanes January 7, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Great video man!
    Short cuts are a must in my opinion!

  • Reply CNMTCFilms January 7, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    FinalCutProX for the win!! 😂🤙🏼 just kidding😉 I think everyone should use the program he likes. I really love Final Cut because it's fast, stable, pretty & pretty easy😉 and "cheap" because it isn't a subscription 😊☺️

  • Reply Guinness Foley January 7, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Solid tips! I've been sleeping on ripple trim – definitely need to start using it more! Great stuff Dunna, thanks for the vid!

  • Reply Conch January 7, 2019 at 5:16 pm


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  • Reply Gerald Undone January 7, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Hot tips, mang. Good video. I liked the BGM on tip #8. 😃
    If you like the Ctrl/Cmd + Drag move, you might also enjoy Alt/Opt + Drag, which lets you quickly make a copy of a clip. You probably knew that already, but that's my contribution for the day.

  • Reply therainbowmarbles January 7, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Honestly the most important tip for me is custom workspaces. Setting up my workspace is one of the first things I do on every single program I use! A tip you didn't mention is the shortcut to go forward one frame at a time, it's as important in my opinion as skipping to the next edit. Then again I come from an animation background, so maybe for other editing styles it isn't as important haha

  • Reply danniell austero January 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Thank u sir 👍🇵🇭

  • Reply Mike Cameron January 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Great tips. #10 is new for me and super helpful. T to enable Text tool is one I use a lot as well. Keyboard shortcuts are the bomb! 🙂 Thanks!

  • Reply Stephen D'Andrea January 7, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Awesome tips, Dunna! I desperately need to clean up my caveman-esque editing workflow. Going to keep this on standby! 👍

  • Reply Joshua Mallett January 7, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    I don’t have premiere pro but I still loved the video! How do you make your thumbnails, they look amazing?!?

  • Reply Burke Cullinane January 7, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    * Hand slowly raises when talking about procrastinating. *

    Yep, this was rad! Love the custom layouts. I toggle between theses all the time!

  • Reply Sidney Diongzon January 7, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Hair looking good bru!

  • Reply Alberto Mendoza January 7, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Very helpful tips man. now I just have to memorize them

  • Reply Aiur Productions January 8, 2019 at 12:28 am

    already said goodbye to premier pro a year ago

  • Reply Ray Munn January 8, 2019 at 3:59 am

    I laughed out loud three times while my brain was melting from all the great info. Best video yet.

  • Reply SOLDADO TETOUANI January 8, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    For sure , i will watch your all vids

  • Reply Niki Younie January 8, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Loved the tips. The workplaces one is one I always forget… Until I switch from dual screens to one screen then have to rearrange all the elements all the while thinking 'why haven't I set this up on another workspace?!?' and then never remembering to do it next time… Might go do that now! 😂

  • Reply Alex Milanese January 8, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Super helpful video. Thanks! I'm having trouble with skin tones on my a6500, but I love the look you're getting in this video. I watched your "EASY Sony Color Science Fix!" video where you mentioned that the footage was straight out of camera and you did all your coloring in post. Do you use the "straight out of camera" setting for videos like this, or do you use a Picture Profile? If so, would you please share what Picture Profile you're using in this video and if you've customized it in any way? Thanks for making such helpful videos man!

  • Reply Andy Bowman - DadBodJogVlog January 8, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Ripple Delete – OMG This will save me so much time – Possible the best tutorial video I've watched EVER

  • Reply Chris McKiernan January 9, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Great Tips! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Andru_sz January 9, 2019 at 5:14 am

    great video!!

  • Reply Eric Matas January 11, 2019 at 3:55 am

    super helpful! ADD EDIT oh my gosh I've been looking for this option forever! this video is so well produced. definitely inspiring me to spend more time on pre-production.

  • Reply Obie Columbus January 11, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for the tips, very helpful

  • Reply Adi January 12, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Super helpful!

  • Reply ANAK Creates January 12, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Great video!! 2 things 1) Paste Attributes shortcut is default to Option+Command+V (mac) and that is super handy, less right clicking. Also, for Dunna, were you a pro tools guy? Im guessing based on the couple shortcuts you said you switched. (B for cut…) Am I right?

  • Reply Brandon Hoyt January 13, 2019 at 11:16 am

    The warm hair light looked nice

  • Reply Vladimir Riché January 24, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Very useful, the Add Edit & Ripple Edit shortcut will save me a ton of time.

  • Reply Elton Lagrimas February 3, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    What Haircut is that Dunna? 🙂

  • Reply Blessed Kuttaz February 4, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Thank you for the customize lay out with the vertical video lay out. Is there a tutorial on how to set up the different screen layout? Does it change the current lay out or is just for testing purposes?

  • Reply LORE February 7, 2019 at 4:53 am


  • Reply fLayN March 15, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Woaw very nice tips ! danke!

  • Reply SHVWN COOPER March 19, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    every time i pop on here all i hear is the old retro batman show opener dunnna dunna dunna dunnaaaa dunnnaaa dunna dunna.

    i had a lot of coffee today.

  • Reply KingdomTrader August 14, 2019 at 8:32 am

    This was great video. Started editing and my own youtube channel. Lot to learn, but these kind of videos and clear explanations are very usefull. Thanks for your time and effort.

  • Reply Allun Thulasi August 25, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Funny, great Thanks

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