Knowing the ins and outs of your favourite NLE is an essential aspect of the editing process. As any other editing platform, Adobe Premiere Pro CC also comes with tons of useful tools and features that can make life in the editing bay a lot easier. Being aware of some less known assets can make a huge difference in your overall workflow, however finding those sometimes can be a challenge.
In the next video tutorial, Jordy Vandeput from Cinecom.net showcases five less known features which can make editing a lot faster and more convenient. These are little function tweaks or feature additions, yet they might make a huge difference in the workflow of the creative offline editors.
The first tip addresses a really annoying issue when audio and video of a certain clip are out of sync. Even when you nudge your audio a frame backward or forward you still might miss the sweet spot making sure that both tracks are perfectly synced.
The workaround would be to switch your audio to samples instead of frames. To modify this function simply access the Timeline menu and in the drop-down list select Show Audio Time Units. Once this feature is enabled you’ll be able to nudge your audio way more precisely and make it perfectly fit with the video track above.
Utilising the Pre-roll and Post-roll function is another feature that might speed up your workflow, especially when you are used to revealing your edit after each cut you make on your timeline. For instance, if you set both parameters to three seconds, every time you hit the Shift+K key combination the playback will start three seconds before the last cut and also will stop three seconds after it.
Overall, this is an easy way to play a pre and post-roll around your cut with one single short key. You can modify this setting under Preferences>Playback.
Utilizing the default transition while editing by simply using the shortcut to apply it can also save you a lot of time. You can take this workflow further by selecting a different transition for even more convenient and quick editing. In the Effects Library just find the transition that you are using the most, right-click on it and select Set Selected as Default Transition. It’s just as simple as that.
Adjusting the volume levels by using the manual control line of your audio clips can be tedious, so there is an easy way to change the volume with 1db or 3db by only pressing a single key. Go to your Keyboard shortcuts and search for Nudge Volume. Set a shortcut to any of the four options that generally will enable you to increase or decrease the volume of a certain audio clip with 1db or 3db respectively.
Lastly, if you occasionally need to open a used clip from your source window that you have already used in your edit with just one single short key instead of searching for it, find the clip in your timeline and press the F key. That will open your source clip in your window where you can create new in and out points and drag the selection again to your timeline.
If you have more helpful tips and tricks that can improve the overall editing workflow in Premiere Pro CC feel free to share your experience with the community in the comment section below.