I’m sure it has happened to you once or twice before. One day you’re editing and you accidentally stumble across a tip, trick, hack, or keyboard shortcut that suddenly revolutionizes your workflow. Immediately, you’re saving hours of time with this new discovery. It could be something as simple as finding out that you can copy/paste attributes to multiple clips at the same time. Or perhaps you never knew about export presets or the Adobe Media Encoder. Let’s see if I can provide you with one of those moments right now.

 

Below are five shortcuts that I find myself using on a daily basis. They save me hours of time, and all of them have simple keyboard shortcuts saved in the default keyboard shortcut layout in Adobe Premiere Pro. Most of these may seem quite simple, but once you use them over a long period you will save yourself a plethora of time. If you aren’t using them, you need to start now. Let’s have a closer look at each.

 

  1. Zoom to Sequence (\)

This handy shortcut gives you a quick bird’s eye of your timeline. Every now and again it’s important to look things over to get an overall picture of your edit. Use the backslash key to quickly zoom all the way out to see everything in the sequence.

GIF of the Premiere Pro shortcut for zoom-to-sequence

  1. Full Screen (Ctrl + ~)

Working on a 15” MacBook Pro, I find myself using this shortcut all of the time. This is also great when you have a client looking over your shoulder and you want to show them a cut. Pressing Ctrl + ~ will full screen the Program or Source monitor, depending on which one is active.

GIF of using 'Cmd'+'~' to make a window in Premiere go fullscreen

  1. Go to Previous/Next Edit (Up + Down arrows)

This little navigation tip will have you jumping around the timeline like a pro. Pressing the up arrow key will snap the playhead to the previous edit on the timeline, while the down arrow will snap to the next edit. The playhead will only react with tracks that have track targeting active.

GIF of using the 'up' and 'down' arrow keys in Premiere Pro to move the playback cursor

  1. Rearrange Edit (Cmd+Alt)

Normally, holding the command key while dragging a clip around on the timeline will perform an insert edit, shifting everything on the timeline forward. Holding command + alt will simply rearrange the clips, performing an insert edit on one track instead of all tracks.

GIF of use 'Cmd+Alt' modifier shortcut to rearrange your edit in Premiere Pro

  1. Ripple Trim (Q + W)

I use these two shortcut keys while trimming up a sequence of rough cuts or selects. Pressing the Q key will ripple trim the previous edit to the playhead, while W will do the same with the next edit. As with other keyboard shortcuts, these only effect tracks that are targeted.

GIF of using the shortcuts 'W' and 'Q' to ripple-trim video clips in Premiere Pro

In addition to saving time, these tips can also save you from carpal tunnel. Heck, they can probably even save a marriage. What are some of your favorite keyboard shortcuts, tips, tricks, hacks, or suggestions for saving time in your video editing workflow? Please share them on our social media post and help everyone save some time.