How to Edit Faster in Premiere Pro CC by Utilizing These Powerful Techniques

Imagine that you could double or even triple your speed and efficiency while working in the editing bay. That intriguing possibility will not only save you loads of time and effort but will certainly make you a way more efficient and productive as an editor over time. In fact, there is nothing fancy about the following editing techniques. However, the results you can get when you combine them could be very impressive indeed. Levi Allen of Leftcoast shares a few handy tips and tricks he learned from editing his YouTube vlogs in Premiere Pro CC by revealing how exactly he managed to reduce significantly time spent on the process while maintaining his productivity and creativity at the same time.

Once you’ve imported all your project media into Premiere Pro CC instead of selecting a clip and pressing the Spacebar on your keyboard to playback the video, use the L key instead. When you double press the latter, the clip will start playing twice as fast.

Utilise “J” to reverse the playback and K or Spacebar to cease it. This method also known as JKL trimming is a common editing technique that allows you to search through your footage entirely with the keyboard at various speeds in either direction.

Selecting in and out points by using the “I” and “O” keys is the next step of the suggested workflow as these will allow you to pick a certain piece of the video that you want to use as a part of your edit. You don’t have to drag the selected portion of the video, just press “,” to drop it directly on your timeline.


After finishing your rough cut, you can utilize another trick to fine-tune the edit further. This time, use the “Q” and “W’ keys. Pressing “Q,” on one hand, will ripple clip from the beginning to the play head, whereas “W” will ripple the clip from the play head to its end. This action will also move all the clips by closing the gap in-between thus eliminating the necessity to drag them over your timeline.


Furthermore, if you don’t want to affect the audio channels of your edit you can simply lock those. That way, you’ll be able to tweak your video edit as much as you want, while the audio stays intact. As a last tip, you can also set a shortcut for the Ripple Delete function.

Now, every time you press the key you’ve chosen, the selected clip will be immediately deleted, whereas all the clips after it will be moved ahead. Just like any other technique, it takes some time and practice to get used to memorizing these shortcuts, but once you do, you’ll be surprised by the amount of time you will be able to save while editing.

[ source: Leftcoast]

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  • Steven Wells

    Also useful is the “D” for selecting clips in timeline, up and down arrows for navigating, and cmd+k or cmd+shift+k for making edits. Way faster than using a mouse.

    • Vlady Radev

      Great tip, Steven!:)

  • Aaron Jacob Willman

    it is SUPER important to know to modify hotkeys in Premiere. I usually start by going to the “FCP7” settings and then manually modding them from there. yeah, it takes a lot of time to do, but the time it saves you in editing will make up for that quickly.

    my favorite/must-have hotkeys to set are:
    The Rate-Stretch tool: “G”
    Enable/Disable clip: “ctrl-B”
    Cut (selected clip on timeline): “C”
    Set hold-frame: “H” (who even uses the stupid hand tool, anyway?)
    Add Marker: The asterisk key on the numpad.

    there are others… but this is about customization and that’s largely subjective.