Premiere Pro Tutorial Part 55: Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts

Adobe Premiere ProBy Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS)

As in the last tutorial on Keyboard Shortcuts in Premiere Pro, while working on a Mac, click ‘Premiere Pro>Keyboard Shortcuts’ and PC – ‘Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts’ to get this.

Keyboard Shortcuts Menu (previous folder)

Keyboard Shortcuts Menu (previous folder)

Firstly, if you’re used to other NLEs such as Final Cut Pro X or Avid Media Composer you can select to use their shortcuts from the top left ‘Keyboard Layout Preset’ options.

Keyboard Preset Options

Keyboard Preset Options

Now, while this may save you time if you work between NLEs, if you’re moving to Premiere Pro, I would recommend learning the PP CC shortcuts.

However, note that at the bottom of the preset options you can select ‘[Custom]’ which means you can import or save and export a custom set of keyboard shortcuts if you want to use them in a facility between multiple editors or if you want them on other machines. Although I should point out that in your preferences you can get creative cloud sync settings to automatically sync your keyboard shortcut (Mac – ‘Premiere Pro>Preferences>Sync Settings’ & PC – ‘Edit>Preferences>Sync Settings’) just make sure the ‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ check-box is selected:

Syn Preferences

Syn Preferences

To create a custom shortcut, search for the function you want to add to or change the shortcut for – I’ve chosen ‘Edit sequence in Adobe Audition’ to add a shortcut:

Adding Shortcut 1

Adding Shortcut 1

Once you’ve clicked in the area under ‘Shortcut,’ a box appears to type your new shortcut. If you type a shortcut that’s already used in Premiere Pro, you will get a warning (I typed Ctrl + V – used to paste), and got this warning:

Warning

Warning

If you don’t want to change it, click ‘Undo’ (lower right) and try another one until you get one you are happy with.

Then, at the top left you can save your new layout:

Saving new Layout

Saving new Layout

If you’d like to learn more about Premiere Pro CC, check out Larry Jordan’s extensive training or sign up for a membership for on-demand video editing courses.

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