Mastering Premiere Pro: Essential Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know

Posted on 10-11-2023 Back to blog overview

If you want to take your video editing skills to the next level, the best thing you can do is master keyboard shortcuts! Not only will it speed up your workflow, but it can also make you feel like a wizard as you fly through your editing tasks with lightning-fast speed.


In this post, we're going to cover some essential keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro that will help streamline your workflow and make editing a lot more fun.

Let's get started!

Playback Shortcuts - JKL

Lights, camera, action! The JKL keys are the unsung heroes of Premiere Pro, putting you in control of your video playback like a seasoned film director. 

With the J key, you can rewind your footage like a vintage VHS tape. Hit the K key to take a breather and pause your sequence. And when you're ready to see your vision come to life, simply press the L key to watch your footage unfold before your eyes.

  • J: Playback in Reverse
  • K: Pause
  • L: Playback Forward

But wait, there's more! With just a few keystrokes, you can speed up or slow down your playback to match the pace of your creative genius. Simply hit the L key twice for a double speed, or three times for triple the excitement. And if you're in the mood to slow things down, hit the J key twice or thrice to slow it down to the perfect pace.

The JKL keys aren't just shortcuts, they're your ticket to a world of creative possibilities. So let your inner Spielberg loose and take control of your video playback like a boss.

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Trimming Tools - Q, W, C, V, T, Y, U, N, B, etc...

When it comes to crafting the perfect video, every second counts. That's where Premiere Pro's trimming tools come in - they're the magic wand you need to trim, cut, and adjust your clips to perfection.

Here are some of the top trimming tools that will help you streamline your editing process:

  • Q: Ripple Edit Tool - adjust the length of your clips without changing the length of your sequence.
  • W: Rolling Edit Tool - shift clips forward or backward in your sequence while maintaining its length.
  • C: Razor Tool - slice and dice your clips to your heart's content.
  • V: Selection Tool - choose the perfect clip for your project with this versatile tool.
  • T: Track Select Forward Tool - select all clips to the right of your cursor with a single click.
  • Y: Track Select Backward Tool - select all clips to the left of your cursor in one fell swoop.
  • U: Slip Tool - adjust the timing of your clips without changing their position in the sequence.
  • N: Rate Stretch Tool - speed up or slow down your clips without messing with the timeline.
  • B: Pen Tool - create custom motion paths and shapes for your clips with ease.

With these trimming tools at your fingertips, you can finesse your clips down to the finest detail, creating a seamless, polished final product. Whether you need to adjust the timing, shift clips, or chop them up into perfect little pieces, these shortcuts will save you time and frustration, allowing you to focus on what matters most: your creative vision.

Other Useful Shortcuts 

In addition to playback and trimming tools shortcuts, several other shortcuts can help you work faster and more efficiently in Premiere Pro. Here are some of the most useful ones:

  • CMD+D (or CTRL+D on Windows) - Apply Default Video Transition

Adding video transitions to your footage can make your videos look more professional, but doing it manually can be a hassle. Fortunately, Premiere Pro has a keyboard shortcut that allows you to apply the default video transition with ease.

You can also set a custom default transition in Premiere Pro by right-clicking on the Impact Dissolve transition in the Effects browser and selecting "Set Selected As Default Transition."

  • ALT+Drag - Duplicate Clips

If you need to duplicate a clip, you can easily do it by dragging it while holding down the Alt key (Option key on Mac). This shortcut saves you time and allows you to duplicate a clip in just a few seconds.

  • Shift+Del - Ripple Delete

The Shift+Del shortcut can be a real game-changer, as it allows you to quickly and easily delete unwanted footage and make room for your masterpiece with just a few keystrokes. This shortcut deletes the selected clip and ripples the remaining clips in your timeline, saving you time and making your editing process much smoother.

Faster Editing Starts with Memorizing Keyboard Shortcuts

These are just a few of the essential keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro that can help speed up your editing process. Remember, whenever you have repeated tasks, there's likely a keyboard shortcut for it. The more shortcuts you know, the faster and more efficiently you can edit your videos.

So go ahead and start memorizing these shortcuts. The more you use them, the more you'll feel like a video editing wizard. Happy editing!

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