There’s no denying that editing video could be an incredibly time-consuming process. With all the cuts you have to make on a regular basis, time goes by fast, and despite the number of countless hours spent, sometimes you might still have only finished editing a third or less of your project.
That’s why it’s paramount to master the tools and shortcuts included with your NLE of choice. Not only will that speed up your overall editing workflow, but learning these tools will also improve your skill set and help you become a better and faster editor over time. In the next video, seasoned professional Kyler Holland shares an extremely easy shortcut to start with inside Premiere Pro CC that can save you a significant amount of time in post-production right away.
The tool in question that Holland focuses on in this tutorial is Ripple Edit. The way it works is relatively simple and straightforward. In essence, by using Ripple Edit when a clip is selected, any piece of video before or after the playhead will automatically be removed, with the remaining footage being placed alongside the nearest clip. Whether or not the cut is made before or after the playhead will depend on which shortcut you select.
To set up your shortcuts in Premiere Pro CC, head over to the Edit menu and select Keyboard Shortcuts. Then ensure that your shortcuts are set to the Adobe Premiere Pro Default. Now, when you choose the Q key, the function assigned to that key should be Ripple Trim Previous Edit To Playhead. What this means is that by pressing the Q key on a video clip, any piece of video before the playhead will be deleted. The entire clip will then be moved right alongside the previous clip.
The opposite effect can be found under the W key, with the function being known as Ripple Trim Next Edit to Playhead. In this case, hitting the key on a clip will remove any piece of video after the playhead and drag the next clip alongside the recently trimmed footage.
Meanwhile, you can take this technique one step further by using the cut tool in combination with Q and W Ripple Trim shortcuts. Let’s say you want to delete a small portion at the beginning of your clip. In this case, you simply need to do a single cut and then use either of the Ripple Edit tool shortcuts to delete the rest of the clip that you won’t need. It’s just as simple as that.
Of course, the Ripple Edit shortcuts are just two of many included with Premiere Pro CC. To speed up your editing process, it’s highly recommended that you dedicate some time to learn the various tools and shortcuts that the software has to offer.
These assets not only will speed up your workflow significantly over time but they will also boost your productivity by leaps and bounds thus taking your video editing workflow to a whole new level.