In this tutorial, learn some essential techniques for focusing on your edit and streamlining redundant tasks using Premiere Pro.

There are plenty of different ways to do things in Premiere Pro. However, there are some techniques that I use on almost every edit. So, I decided to put together a list of ten Premiere Pro workflow tips that I use all the time.

Let’s take a look.

1. How to Ripple Delete Between Multiple Video Clips

Frequently, I will have many video clips on my timeline, with gaps in-between them. You can right-click between two clips and select Ripple Delete to remove a gap. However, this can be tedious if you have multiple gaps.

Close Gap
Remove gaps between video clips on a timeline.

Instead, click and drag your mouse to highlight all the clips. Then navigate to Sequence in the top menu, and then select Close Gap. This will ripple delete gaps for all of your clips, at once.

2. Quickly Add a Cross Dissolve Transition

To quickly add a cross dissolve transition to any video clip, select a clip in your sequence and use the shortcut CTRL+D (CMD+D on Mac). This will save you a lot of time not searching for the cross dissolve transition in the effects panel.

Cross Dissolve
Add a cross dissolve transition on your video clip.

3. Set Default Image Length

If you’ve ever worked with images in Premiere Pro, you’ve probably noticed they have a five-second length when added into a sequence. If you’re working with multiple images, it can get repetitive to extend the length for each, if they’re going to be on-screen longer than the default five seconds.

Default Image Length
Adjusting the default image length.

To change the default image length, navigate to Edit and then Preferences, then select Timeline. You’ll see the setting for Still Image Default Duration. Set it to your desired length. Then, you will have to re-import your images back into Premiere in order for them to have the new default length.

4. Footage Auto Scale to Sequence Size

If you work with video clips that are larger than your sequence size, it can get annoying to have to constantly scale down each clip you add in.

Fortunately, we can let Premiere Pro do this for us automatically. Navigate to Edit, then Preferences, and select Media. You will then see the setting Default Media Size. Set it to Set to Frame Size.

Set to Frame Size
Set Premiere Pro to automatically scale down clips.

Now, your video clips will automatically scale down to fit in your sequence. You can then scale them back up later, if needed.

5. Perfectly Align Audio

Sometimes an audio clip won’t align just right because the default setting in Premiere Pro is to move audio by one video frame length. You can change this, however, if you need to nudge audio over by less than one video frame length. Right-click on the time ruler numbers at the top of the sequence timeline. Then, select Show Audio Time Units.

Set to Frame Size
Adjust audio frame length.

Now, you can move audio tracks in very small increments on your timeline. Then, just check back off Show Audio Time Units when you’ve finished moving your audio.

6. Reverse Playback of a Video Clip

This is something I do all the time on drone footage. Right-click your video clip in your sequence. Then, select Speed/Duration. You will have the option to check on Reverse Speed. Now, your clip will play in reverse on your timeline.

Reverse Speed
Play back your clip in reverse.

7. Linking and Grouping Clips

To Link and Group clips, click and drag to highlight two or more clips. Then, right-click and select Link Clips or Group Clips.

Link and Group Clips
While linked clips act like a standard video clip with audio, grouped clips allow you to move them around.

Linked clips act like a standard video clip with audio, meaning if you trim the length, it’ll trim both the video and audio. Grouped clips allow you to select multiple clips with one click and move them around. However, you can also trim clips individually within the group.

8. Export LUTs Using the Color Panel

In order to export LUTs in Premiere Pro, you’ll need to be working in the Color work space. You’ll see the Lumetri Color panel on the right side. Once you’ve dialed in and created your look, right-click on the Menu Bars at the top of the Lumetri Color panel.

Export LUT
Export a color LUT.

This will open a menu drop-down that allows you to select Export .cube. This will then export a color LUT you can easily reuse.

9. Apply LUTs to Footage in Media Encoder

Media Encoder is a joint program that comes with Premiere Pro. You have probably exported videos through Media Encoder already. However, you can actually apply LUTs to any clip you export. This can help speed up your work, if you need to add a slight color adjustment to multiple clips you’re sending to a client.

Apply LUT in Media Encoder
Apply LUTs to any clip you export.

In Media Encoder, select the preset options for any clip you’ve added in. Then, navigate to the Effects settings, and you’ll see the option to apply a LUT to your exported video clip.

10. Stitch Multiple Clips Together in Media Encoder

If you ever have a bunch of clips that you need to send as one single file, you can actually bypass Premiere Pro and do this directly in Media Encoder. Select your clips, then click and drag them above the Media Encoder UI, but don’t release them.

Stitch Clips Together in Media Encoder
Proceed directly to Media Encoder to stitch clips together.

You’ll then see a pop-up that states “Drop here to stitch clips together.” Drop your clips over that pop-up. Now, when your clips export, they’ll all be together as one single file.

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