Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts [Mac & PC]

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In this tutorial, we look at some key Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts with a few examples of them in action.

Post-production is a major part of the filmmaking process with all the cuts, revisions, tweaks, and feedback. Therefore, it can often end up being the lengthiest.

As you begin to master Premiere Pro you may find yourself looking for ways to cut down the time it takes to edit. So, what can you do to shave off time and speed this process up?

Luckily, Adobe incorporated an endless amount of keyboard shortcuts into their software. Below, we’re going to give you some of the best Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts.

Basic Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts

Firstly, before you learn anything else, let’s talk about saving.

Previously, we’ve talked about saving your work regularly when editing Premiere Pro. Saving your project and a copy of it should become a reflex – something you do quickly every couple of minutes.

Now, as with any other program, rather than going to File > Save, you can simply hit Ctrl + S on your keyboard (Cmd + S for Mac users). Furthermore, to save a copy, hit Ctrl + Alt + S, or Opt + Cmd + S for Mac users.

Below, we’ve added a few other basic Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts that will come in very useful when first starting out.

SaveCtrl + SCmd + S
Save A CopyCtrl + Alt + SOpt + Cmd + S
ImportCtrl + ICmd + I
ExportCtrl + MCmd + M
Open ProjectCtrl + OCmd + O
New ProjectCtrl + Alt + NOpt + Cmd + N
New SequenceCtrl + NCmd + N

Create New Project

Create New Sequence


Clipboard Shortcuts

Next, knowing the shortcuts for carrying information over on your clipboard is really useful.

For example, you may like the color grade you’ve added to one clip and you want to apply it to another. Rather than having to remember all the different edits and tweaks you made, a simple copy and paste will do the trick.

Additionally, there are a few others here that will prove very useful. Made a mistake, or pasted something where you shouldn’t have?

At some point in every edit, undo and redo will become your favorite Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts!

CutCtrl + XCmd + X
CopyCtrl + CCmd + C
PasteCtrl + VCmd + V
UndoCtrl + ZCmd + Z
RedoCtrl + Shift + ZShift + Cmd + Z
ClearDeleteForward Delete
Ripple DeleteShift + DeleteShift + Forward Delete
DuplicateCtrl + Shift + /Shift + Cmd + /
Select AllCtrl + ACmd + A
Deselect AllCtrl + Shift + AShift + Cmd + A

Tool Shortcuts

Now, when it comes to editing the actual footage on your timeline, there are a lot of tools at your disposal. Using these really speeds up the process.

As a result, utilizing the keyboard shortcuts to enable them will make it even quicker.

If you’re unsure about what some of these are, have a look at our previous article on editing footage in Premiere Pro. Here, we explain what some of the most useful tools do in a lot more detail.

For all tools and their Premiere Pro Keyboard shortcuts, have a look through the table below.

Ripple Trim PreviousQQ
Ripple Trim NextWW
Track Select ForwardAA
Track Select backwardShift + AShift + A
Ripple EditBB
Rolling EditNN
Rate StretchRR
Slip ToolYY
Slide ToolUU
Pen ToolPP
Hand ToolHH
Zoom ToolZZ

Razor + Select + Delete

Track Select Forward

Ripple Trim Previous or Ripple Trim Next

Rolling Edit

Rate Stretch

Slip Tool

Navigation Shortcuts

Lastly, one of the most time-consuming elements of any edit is simply navigating around the software with your cursor. Spending a few seconds dragging your mouse from left to right may not seem like a big deal.

However, when you add up these valuable seconds over the course of many days, it can become a real pain.

Luckily, there are much easier ways to move your footage around on the timeline and jump between the different panels. By using the navigation keyboard shortcuts, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and really get into the flow of editing. Here are some of the best navigation keyboard shortcuts.

Toggle Play/StopSpaceSpace
Find In SourceFF
Shuttle LeftJJ
Shuttle RightLL
Turn Snap On/OffSS
Mark In PointII
Mark Out PointOO
Go To In PointShift + IShift + I
Go To Out PointShift + OShift + O
Clear In & OutCtrl + Shift + XOpt + X
Step BackLeft ArrowLeft Arrow
Step ForwardRight ArrowRight Arrow
Next Edit PointDown ArrowDown Arrow
Previous Edit PointUp ArrowUp Arrow
Move FootageAlt + ArrowCmd + Arrow

Find In Source

Mark In Point or Mark Out Point

In short, there’s a lot you can do on Premiere Pro just by using the keyboard shortcuts. It’s possible to edit a whole project without ever using your cursor!

Using the Premiere Pro Keyboard shortcuts will enable you to work quicker, turning your projects around faster and leaving you more time to either get stuck into the next project!

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