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June 19, 2012
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Premiere Pro Shortcuts: Navigating the Timeline

Use keyboard shortcuts to control playback in your Premiere Pro timeline!

Keeping your fingers on the keyboard (and not having to jump back and forth from keyboard to mouse) will make you a more efficient video editor.

Let’s start with the basics.  If you’re a total newbie, these are for you.  Otherwise, jump ahead.  The fundamental Premiere Pro playback shortcuts:

 Space Bar: start/stop playback  J: plays backward
 K: stops playback  L: plays forward

You can fast-forward through the Premiere Pro timeline by repeatedly hitting L.  Similarly, quick reverse by repeatedly tapping J.  The speed of playback in either direction is dependent on the number of times you tap the key – more taps equals faster playback.

Here’s a few advanced Premiere Pro timeline shortcuts that will make it quicker to move around your timeline:

Shift and J or L Super slow-motion playback
Down Arrow Move forward to next edit point on clip
Up Arrow Move backwards to next edit point on clip
Shift and Up or Down Arrow Jump to next edit on any track
Right or Left Arrows Move a frame in either direction.

Using these Premiere Pro shortcuts is KEY to being efficient.  Commit them to memory.  Make yourself use them!  Soon enough you won’t know what you did without them.

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  • jos

    also “Command” left and right arrow (os x) will move a selected track 1 frame left or right

  • Margarita

    Hi – Thanks for your article. Do you happen to know if there’s a keyboard shortcut for going directly to the playhead position field in upper left corner of the timeline panel? I’ve been searching for ages without finding. It sounds like a small thing but would be a tremendous time saver, since I frequently go and type in specific time codes as part of my editing process. As you say any amount of switching between mouse and keyboard is a pain…

    Thanks, Margarita

  • guest

    Thank you so much this was so helpful!!! :D

  • Desbris

    Thanks for info

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  • Craig Lambie

    Any chance you could tell me the short cut to goto a point on the timeline.
    Currently I am clicking the time, typing 10.1 for example to take me to 10 seconds 1 millisecond.

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