Regardless of your video editing skill level in Premiere Pro, there are always new features to incorporate into your workflow. One of the best parts about Premiere is the seemingly endless number of shortcuts, hacks, and work-arounds for solving problems and expediting your edit. Let’s take a look at some of the features you may not be familiar with.
1. The Power of the Alt Key
Our friends over at PremiumBeat offer this simple-but-effective tutorial on the power of the Alt key — from Isolating the audio and video clip, to rearranging clips in your timeline, to duplicating your clip. The shortcut covers a wide range of different ways to speed up your edit and will save you a great deal of time once you’ve narrowed down all of the key’s different functions.
2. Using Command + Drag
The Command+Drag (or Control+Drag on PC) shortcut is another simple timesaver. This keyboard shortcut allows users to move clips as a whole around your timeline. This isn’t groundbreaking in and of itself, but it allows you to apply multiple audio and video transitions to every clip you have selected. Currently, this only works with video and audio cross dissolves, but it can save you a great deal of time if you need to add transitions quickly.
3. Adding and Manipulating Audio Effects
This tutorial focuses on an aspect of editing audio that you should know like the back of your hand: audio effects. Knowing what each effect does, how to manipulate it, and which scenarios call for certain effects is essential for video editors. This video is a perfect introduction to audio effects, and it articulates the importance of each audio effect.
4. Item Button
The New Item button in Premiere Pro allows you to quickly access several different functions, including creating a new sequence, adjustment layer, title, caption, color matte, and universal counting leader — as well as adding bars and tone, black video, and transparent video. These features aren’t new to Premiere Pro users, but the button next to the folder icon offers quicker access to these functions.
5. Map Keyboard Shortcuts
Dylan Osborn brings us this short-but-dense tutorial on mapping keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro. In it, he focuses on creating shortcuts for Application and Panel Commands. Some of the features of this new tool include dragging the key (from the graphic keyboard) to the function of your choice, identifying the colors for application commands and panel commands, and an in-depth explanation of how to assign the same shortcut to different actions. Osborn’s Done with Dylan tutorial series offers accessible information on all things Premiere.
6. Correcting Jumpy Audio
A problem I recently ran into while editing in Premiere Pro is jumpy audio. There are a few reasons why this might happen. The song could be an MP3, which sometimes gets compressed with variable bit rates instead of compressed bit rates. The file could also be corrupt, or the track may not be from a reliable source.
The solution to this problem is simple. Open the track in Audition, Save it as a WAV file, then import it back into Premiere Pro. More than likely, this quick fix will restore quality to your audio.
7. Automating Audio
PremiumBeat offers another tutorial on Premiere’s automation modes in the audio track mixer panel. Working with automation modes is somewhat complicated, so Jason Boone covers the basics before diving into the heavy work. The nine-minute tutorial dives into the following modes: off, read, write, touch, and latch. Boone also covers how each mode affects your audio as well as clip and track keyframes.
8. Dynamic Trimming
Dynamic trimming works for frame-by-frame cuts. That is to say, if you went through your first edit very quickly for a rough cut, you can go back for a second edit and trim each clip frame by frame without affecting the rest of your timeline. Once you’ve found the cut you’d like to move around, hit “T” then Alt/Option > Left or Right Arrow. This will move the cut to the left or right and change its duration without affecting other clips. This is an excellent way to avoid untimely and imprecise cuts.
9. Create Logo Animation
Cinecom brings us this simple explanation of how to create a stylish logo animation in Premiere. Although the video doesn’t cover how to create one yourself, you can check out our earlier article on everything you need to know about designing a logo. The workflow is pretty straightforward — it adds a Basic 3D effect, swivel, and some lens flares. When it’s all said and done, the logo looks pretty appealing. If this particular look isn’t what you’re going for, the video also teaches you how to keyframe and work with moving images in Premiere.
10. End Audio Track with Reverb
Adding a little bit of drama to your video is never a bad thing. By adding a reverb effect, the sounds will trail off at whatever speed you’d like, making your work a little more ominous. The process is simple: find the clip you want, nest the clip, add black video in a new sequence, then add the reverb effect. The tutorial covers the process more thoroughly and demonstrates the power reverb can lend to audio.