Keyboard shortcuts are all about speed. When you know what you are doing and all you need to do is get is done, there’s nothing like a keyboard shortcut to make it happen.
Recently, Adobe changed how keyboard shortcuts are created. In this article, I want to show how to create custom keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
NOTE: Here are two other articles on creating custom keyboard shortcuts:
View, modify or delete keyboard shortcuts, choose Premiere Pro CC > Keyboard Shortcuts.
This displays a sample keyboard, with menu and keyboard options listed below.
NOTE: It should default to your system language, but, if not, go to Layout in the top right corner and choose the language you prefer to work with.
At it’s simplest, find the menu command you want to change, click the shortcut (V in this example) and type a new one. Or, if the Shortcut is empty, simply select the box and type the shortcut you want to use.
BUT! What I find vastly more useful is to add a second shortcut. For example, I regularly edit using both Final Cut and Premiere and the difference between V and A to select the Selection/Arrow tool drives me nuts.
This is very easy to fix. Click just to the RIGHT of an existing shortcut and Premiere obligingly allows you to add a second, or, even, a third shortcut! I use this technique a lot to achieve shortcut parity between the two apps for a handful of core shortcuts.
Premiere will warn you if you duplicate a command. To go back to where you were, click the Undo button on the far right of this window.
NOTE: With a recent release of Final Cut Pro X, Apple now allows multiple shortcuts as well. I applaud this behavior!
To remove a shortcut, click the small “x” next to the letter you want to remove.
If that’s all you need to do, click OK in the lower right corner of this window and you are done.
To search for a particular shortcut, add what you think is relevant text in the Search box. I’ve found that, sometimes, Adobe and I think differently. So, if you don’t find what you are looking for, try a different word.
For example, “Move” shows one group of shortcuts, while “Nudge” shows a different group. The search is very fast, so it doesn’t hurt to experiment.
NOTE: I probably shouldn’t admit this, but one of my favorite activities is exploring the Keyboard Shortcuts panel, searching for different terms to see what turns up. I’ve found all kinds of interesting goodies this way.
Oh! Wondering what the blue and green represent? Blue indicates shortcuts which are always active – Cmd + S to Save for example – while green represent shortcuts which are only active with a particular panel is active – Shift + H enabling Hover Scrub only when the Project panel is active.
To see what shortcuts are assigned to each key you can either press one or more modifier keys – Shift – Command – Option – Control – then hover your mouse over a keyboard key.
Or, you can select a key in the keyboard – a cyan box surrounds it – and view all the shortcuts assigned to it in the list on the bottom right. Here’s the list when the letter “i” is selected.
NOTE: Every letter has a large number of possible shortcuts that are not assigned. For example, with the letter “i,” Shift + Command + I is unassigned; it is blank in the list.
You can program individual Function keys.
The numeric keypad can have different shortcuts from the number keys at the top of the keyboard.
You can copy a list of your shortcut to the clipboard, then paste them into a spreadsheet to print a complete shortcut list. This is the best way to create a printed shortcut list.
By default, Premiere has four different keyboard layouts. You can select them from the Keyboard Layout Preset menu at the top left. As soon as you start to customize your shortcuts, it creates a Custom layout, which you see at the bottom of the list.
You select which shortcut layout is active from this menu as well.
If you want to save a custom layout under a different name, click the Save As button to the right of the Layout menu. To delete a custom layout, click the Delete button.
Most of the time, you want shortcuts to apply to the entire application. But, if you want to create shortcuts just for a specific panel, select the panel from the Commands menu. Here, I’m about to choose the Effect Controls panel to create some panel-specific shortcuts.
When you are done and you want to save your changes, click OK.
Clear removes all shortcuts associated with whatever menu command is selected in the Command section of this window. Undo reverses your most recent change and keeps the Keyboard Shortcuts window open. Cancel ignores all your changes and closes the window.
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