Premiere Pro CS6: Interface Secrets

As I was recording my Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 video training, I came across a number of interesting interface tips that I wanted to share with you. (These are listed in no particular order.)

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I love this feature!

Select any panel; a selected panel is indicated by a gold box around the panel.

Type Shift+` (the key in the top left corner of the keyboard – its called the tilde or accent key) to expand the selected panel to fill the window. Press ` to shrink the panel back down to size.

For something faster, roll your mouse into any panel and type ` (that same key in the upper left corner) to expand whatever panel your mouse is in to fill the window. Press ` to toggle back to size.

Still wilder, select either the Source monitor or the Program monitor and press Control+` — this expands the Source or Program monitor to fill your entire computer screen. Press ` to toggle back to size.


With playback stopped, press and hold Shift+L in the Timeline or Source monitor and playback will start in slow motion and accelerate to fast forward.

Press and hold Shift+J and playback will start in slow motion and accelerate to fast reverse.

With a clip playing, press Shift+L to speed it up, or press Shift+J to slow it down.


In the lower right corner of the Source or Playback monitors, click the Wrench icon – Adobe calls it the Settings menu – and check “Show Dropped Frame Indicator.”

A green light appears next to the timecode display in the lower left corner of the monitor. During playback, green means playback is good. Yellow means playback is dropping frames.

Hover your mouse over the yellow light to see how many frames were dropped during playback.

This indicator resets the next time you start to play a clip or sequence.


You can’t add markers to clips in the Timeline… but you CAN in the Source monitor:


The Project panel stores all the media for your project, similar to the Browser in Final Cut Pro 7.


Ever wonder where markers go to hang-out? In the new Marker panel. This lists all markers in currently open sequences.

Click a marker to jump to it. View the frame under the marker. Change the In or the Out. Add or read a comment.

This is a really fast way to navigate to any marker without needed to step from marker to marker.

Oh, and the keyboard shortcuts to jump between markers are Shift+M and Shift+Command+M.


Premiere only allows one project to be open at a time, though each project can contain an unlimited number of sequences. Here’s a very quick way to import a sequence from one project into another:

Select File > Import.

Navigate to the project containing the sequence you want to import on your hard disk.

Select whether you want to import the entire project into its own Bin, or just a few sequences. In this case, I just want to import sequences.

In the next dialog, select the sequences you want to import.

Poof! Done.


To add a tab to any frame (which is a collection of panels, each labeled with a tab), go to the Window menu and select the panel you want to use.

Drag the panel into any frame. The purple shape indicates where the tab will be placed:


Click the small “x” to the right of the tab name.


If, in your enthusiasm to create the perfect workspace you have so hopelessly messed things up that life is over as you know it, simply select Window > Workspace > Reset Current Workspace.

The workspace is reset back to its default settings for Adobe workspaces, or the last time you saved it, for custom workspaces.


There are some very cool interface secrets hidden in the CS 6 release of Premiere Pro. I’ll explore more of these in coming weeks as I continue creating my new Adobe training.

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10 Responses to Premiere Pro CS6: Interface Secrets

  1. Very cool, Larry. Thanks for doing this!

  2. dominic says:

    “You can’t add markers to clips in the Timeline”

    sure you can but for some reason adobe left the feature idle with no assigned key to activate it.

    in keyboard shortcuts –> timeline panel –> “add clip marker” I give it the same after effects ” * ” hotkey for consistency.

  3. Andreas Urra says:

    Hi Larry, thanks a lot, great stuff, very well presented. @Dominic: Thanks a lot for th clip marker advice. I really missed that option!

  4. Chris says:

    Any idea how to get the little comment to show up in the timeline?
    I have comments set with markers but it only shows in the marker panel or when i double clip, not above the clip as shown your example


  5. Tom Markz says:

    Hey Larry,
    I just bought Premiere Cs6 and I will be transitioning over from FCP 7. One feature or shortcut I always use is the control “B” enable toggle or disable toggle. Does Premiere have such a shortcut or feature?

  6. Kevin Monahan says:

    Hi Tom,
    You can enable/disable a clip with a keyboard shortcut in Premiere Pro CS6. You do have to set it up in the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog box first, though. Control + B can definitely be used.


  7. Gene Patrick says:

    Hi Larry,
    I am wondering if you know the location of the Saved Workspace files? I would like to be able to move my custom workspaces to other machines I work on, but I cannot find the workspace layout file.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance,

  8. Roel Bus says:

    When you import sequences from one project into another, and you modify anything, does that then update into the other project as well? I am asking because that is what happens to titles within a project. I have noticed that if you copy and paste a title from one project to another, you can modify it in the new project without affecting the title in the other project. Did I just answer my own question??

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