While there are many keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro (check out our previous entries here and here), in this tutorial I want to cover some of the most used shortcuts which can help speed up your workflow.
Note that these Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts are grouped together on the keyboard. This isn’t by accident as they are designed to be close together under your fingers so that you can make quick selections. Also, by and large, these shortcuts (I & O – J, K & L – & , .) work on all NLEs.
So what are they?
I – sets the In point of a clip or a selection in the timeline.
O – sets the Out point of a clip or a selection in the timeline.
, – inserts the selected clip into the timeline at the point of your playhead while at the same time shifting other clips down the timeline to make room (Insert edit).
. – overwrites whatever is in your timeline at the point of the playhead deleting whatever is below the clip being sent to the timeline (overwrite edit).
J – plays the clip or timeline or source monitor (whatever is selected) backwards. The more you hit J, the quicker it will play backwards.
K – stops playback (as will hitting the spacebar)
L – plays the clip or timeline or source monitor (whatever is selected) forwards (as would hitting the spacebar) but the more times you hit the L key the faster playback will happen.
As a side note, holding the SHIFT key while hitting J and L will cause whatever is selected to play back in slow motion. And while still holding the SHIFT key hitting J and L multiple times will cause the playback to increase in speed, but still being slower than normal speed.
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