Adobe Premiere Pro CC Shortcuts for Video Editing

Adobe Premiere Pro CC video editing abilities are widely known for its professional capabilities in the media world.  Whether you are piecing together a promotional video for your small business website design or audio corrections for your video blog, sometimes our projects can expand several hours, if not days.  These Adobe Premiere Pro CC shortcuts and tips that will allow you to move through projects faster and deliver your best work, even on a tight deadline.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC Shortcuts

Put away your mouse and position those fingers on your keyboard.  Not only is using keyboard short cuts more time efficient but it allows you to free your eyes for multitasking and is said to be more precise than mouse clicking.


Some of the most time-saving Adobe Premiere Pro CC shortcuts are utilizing the key bindings for the basic commands.  Here are the keyboard shortcuts I use the most:

Results Windows Mac OS
Open Project Ctrl+O Cmd+O
Close Project Ctrl+Shift+W Shift+Cmd+W
Save Ctrl+S Cmd+S
Save As Ctrl+Shift+S Shift+Cmd+S
Import Ctrl+I Cmd+I
Export Media Ctrl+M Cmd+M
Undo Ctrl+Z Cmd+Z
Redo Ctrl+Shift+Z Shift+Cmd+Z
Cut Ctrl+X Cmd+X
Copy Ctrl+C Cmd+C
Paste Ctrl+V Cmd+V

Video Editing

Results Windows Mac OS
Group Ctrl+G Cmd+G
Ungroup Ctrl+Shift+G Shift+Cmd+G
Render Effects Enter Return
Add Edit Ctrl+K Cmd+K
Trim Edit T T
Video Transition Ctrl+D Cmd+D
Audio Transition Ctrl+Shift+D Shift+Cmd+D
Zoom In = =
Zoom Out
Snap S S
Mark In I I
Mark Out O O
Mark Selection / /
Go To In Shift+I Shift+I
Go To Out Shift+O Shift+O
Clear In and Out Ctrl+Shift+X Opt+X
Add Marker M M


Results Windows Mac OS
Audio Clip Mixer Shift+9 Shift+9
Audio Track Mixer Shift+6 Shift+6
Effect Controls Shift+5 Shift+5
Effects Shift+7 Shift+7
Media Browser Shift+8 Shift+8
Export Media Ctrl+M Cmd+M
Project Shift+1 Shift+1
Timelines Shift+3 Shift+3


Results Windows Mac OS
Selection Tool V V
Pen Tool P P
Hand Tool H H
Zoom Tool Z Z
Razor Tool C C
Slide Tool Ctrl+M Cmd+M
Project U U

Customize your Adobe Premiere Pro CC Shortcuts

You can set shortcuts to match shortcuts in other software you use. If other sets are available, you can choose them from the Set menu in the Keyboard Customization dialog box.

1. For customizing keyboard shortcuts, choose one of the following:

  • In Windows, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts
  • In Mac OS, choose Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts

2.   In the Keyboard Customization dialog box, choose an option from the menu:

Application – Displays commands found in the menu bar, organized by category.

 Panels – Displays commands associated with panels and menus.

 Tools – Displays a list of tool icons.

3.  In the Command column, view the command for which you want to create or change a shortcut. If necessary, click the triangle next to the name of a category to reveal the commands it includes.

4.  Click in the item’s shortcut field to select it.

5.  Type the shortcut you want to use for the item. The Keyboard Customization dialog box displays an alert if the shortcut you choose is already in use.

6.  Do one of the following:

  • To erase a shortcut and return it to the command that originally had it, click Undo.
  • To jump to the command that previously had the shortcut, click Go To.
  • To simply delete the shortcut you typed, click Clear.
  • To reenter the shortcut you typed previously, click Redo.

7.  Repeat the procedure to enter as many shortcuts as you want. When you’re finished, click Save As, type a name for your Key Set, and click Save.


Tips & Tricks

  1. Get Comfortable.  Get your drink, adjust your seat, and position your monitor(s).  But don’t stop there.  Customize your Adobe Premiere Pro CC workspace until you have created the perfect editing environment for you project.
  2. Shut it down.  Adobe Premiere Pro CC can be a resource intense programs so close any applications and software that you won’t be using to avoid unexpected crashes and unsaved work.
  3. Start Organized & Stay Organized.  You can drag groups of media ( video files in one bin, the photos in another and the music in another) on to the new bin icon to automatically add them to a renamed bin.  This only takes moments and makes it easier to find content throughout your project.
  4. Speak to it.  That’s right, talk to your timeline.  You can record scratch voice over directly to the Timeline by using the Settings menu on the Timeline to customize the audio track headers, adding the Voice-over Record button, and then click and record!
  5. In a rush?  You can drag and drop clips from the Project panel onto the New Item button and they’ll be added to a new sequence with matching settings in the order they were listed.

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