Cutting can take a lot of time and with so many features, tools, and options in Premier, you’ll want to adopt a couple of shortcuts here and there to speed up the whole process. So today I’m going to run you through a couple of helpful editing shortcuts that you can use when you’re cutting your footage.
So, here we are back in Premier. So the first shortcut I’m going to show you is probably the most important one when editing. Command + S, or CTRL + S for PC, saves your project. This is a shortcut you should apply at any and all moments you make changes to your project. Even though Premier has an auto save feature running, getting into the habit of using this shortcut will give you peace of mind that you’ll never lose any progress. Command + C or CTRL + C for PC is copy. When you’re working in the timeline, one hand is on the mouse, and the other on the keyboard. Selecting a clip with your mouse and then hitting command and C, instead of right clicking and navigating to copy, is gonna save you precious seconds in the process. To paste, simply hover your playhead over the area of the timeline you want, and hit command + V.
Now, in your timeline, you’ll notice there are bars in the bottom and side that you can use to click and drag to zoom in and out of your sequence, but why waste time clicking and dragging when you can just hit the plus and minus keys? Super easy.
So when you’re wanting to cut a clip, you can either go to the razor tool from the tool panel next to your timeline, or you can just hit C on your keyboard. Once you’ve cut your clip, simply hit the V key, and you’re back to the normal select tool.
Holding down shift along with the razor tool is a nifty shortcut that can be used to cut down the entire timeline from wherever your playhead is hovering instead of razoring each individual clip from layer to layer. For the most part in Premier, you’re working with different panels and their own little corners, but if you hover your mouse over a particular panel and hit the little tilde key, which is that little squiggly symbol that lives in the upper far left hand side of your keyboard, it’ll expand the panel into full screen. So you can use this for when you’re needing to do detailed cutting in your timeline, or for getting closer looks at your preview monitor, for example.