Premiere Pro CC 101 Part 17: Toolbar, Pt. 1- Selection Tool

A new Premiere Pro CC 101 tutorial

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

I think that now is a good time to talk about the Toolbar in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and what exactly all the tools on it do, to make your life easier in your edits. So let’s get started with the Selection Tool.

The Selection tool is the arrow right at the top of the toolbar, and it’s there for you to not only move clips from the project window into your timeline, but it’s also really your main tool for moving your clips around your timeline.


The next two tools, the Track Selection Forward/Back are a very interesting pair of tools in Premiere. If you’re coming from Final Cut Pro 7, you’re familiar with having to select/drag around multiple elements to move them around your timeline. The problem with this technique is that you can accidentally select layers you don’t want, and move them by accident.

The Track Selection Forward/Backward tool lets you simply click anywhere on your timeline, and everything will be selected either forwards or backwards, from where you click on the timeline. If you want to just select all the items on a particular track, simply hold the shift key down, and click on a specific track, and all those shots will be selected, and nothing else.

Update: Here’s part 2.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.


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