An In-Depth Look at the Adobe Premiere Pro Editing Tools
Let’s take a tour of the Premiere Pro editing tools which help you trim and cut your assets within the timeline.
If you’re new to Adobe Premiere Pro, you might be sticking with the basic selection tool to perform most of your edits. Learning the ins and outs of additional Premiere Pro editing tools can help speed up your workflow significantly. Let’s take a closer look at all of the tools available.
Keyboard Shortcut: V
The Selection tool allows you to perform basic selections and edits. You can select specific edit points and perform simple trims. Select multiple clips and move them around within the timeline, from track to track.
Track Select Forward/Backward
Keyboard Shortcut: A (Shift+A)
This tool will let you quickly select all of the clips in a sequence, either forward or backwards. Naturally it won’t select clips in locked tracks. If you hold shift, the tool will select only one track instead of all tracks.
Keyboard Shortcut: B
Ripple Edit is a trim tool, used to trim a clip and ripple the rest of the clips in the timeline, effectively closing the gap between the two edit points. When using the Ripple Edit tool, make sure you select the correct edit points. You also need to be aware of which tracks are locked. You can quickly throw a lot of things out of sync if you incorrectly use the Ripple Edit tool.
Keyboard Shortcut: N
Rolling Edit is another trim tool used for fine-tuning and adjustments. You perform a Rolling Edit by moving an edit point either forward or backwards in the sequence. Rolling Edit moves the Out point of the first clip and the In point of the second.
Keyboard Shortcut: R
The Rate Stretch tool either speeds up or slows down the clip. The In and Out points of the clip remain the same, but the duration and speed of the clip changes according to the amount you “stretch” through the trim. Expanding the Out point of the clip will slow down the rate of speed, while shortening the clip will speed up the duration.
Keyboard Shortcut: C
Using the Razor adds a simple edit point by cutting the clip wherever you use the tool. Holding shift while using the Razor will cut clips across all tracks, as long as they are not locked.
Keyboard Shortcut: Y
The Slip tool slips the clip’s source In and Out point, but doesn’t move it on the timeline. While using the Slip tool, the program monitor shows you the frame before and after the clip, and gives you a live preview of the source In and Out points, with source timecode.
Keyboard Shortcut: U
Sliding a clip moves the clip on the timeline, but keeps the source In and Out points the same. The Slide tool closes all gaps as well. You can slide a clip backwards as far as the previous clip’s In point and as far forward as the following clip’s Out point.
Keyboard Shortcut: P
The Pen tool allows you to add keyframes to a clip. You can keyframe a wide number of attributes, including opacity, scale, position and even volume of an audio clip. Hold the alt key and you can add bezier curves to your keyframes.
Keyboard Shortcut: H
Using the Hand tool, you can navigate forward and backward on the timeline.
Keyboard Shortcut: Z
The Zoom tool allows you to zoom in and out of different areas of the timeline.
These Premiere Pro editing tools are easy to use and can change the way you work. Try adding a couple to your workflow with each session. They’ll be second nature before you know it!
What are your go-to editing tools? Let us know in the comments below!