… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #772: A Preference for Faster Trimming

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These preference settings are off by default.

Trim preference settings in Premiere. Check the top box.

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There is a trimming preference setting that can speed trimming your clips. However, it is off by default. Here’s what you need to know to turn this on.

Open Preferences > Trim and check the top box.

  • Allow Selection tool… This changes the cursor to the Ripple or Roll trimming tools depending upon where it is located relative to the edit point.

For example, hover the cursor near the Out and the cursor changes to a Ripple trim. Hover it over the edit point, and it automatically changes to a Roll trim. Near the In switches to the Ripple tool again.

When this option is not checked, hovering over an edit point displays the Trim In/Out tool, which is less helpful than Ripple and Roll.


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… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #698: Playback Shortcuts

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7 shortcuts that simplify preview and playback.

The View > Playback menu.

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Hiding in plain sight are seven shortcuts that can making previewing and playing your projects a lot easier.

These shortcuts are located in the View > Playback menu – and, I’ll bet, you looked at these once then immediately forgot about them.

Shortcut What It Does
space Plays from the position of the playhead
/ Plays selection
Shift + ? Backs up the Preroll duration and plays until reaching the postroll duration.
Shift + Option + I Plays from the beginning of the browser clip or timeline
Shift + Option + O Plays from curent playhead position to the end
Shift + Cmd + F Plays the timeline full-screen
Cmd + L Loops timeline playback

NOTE: Preroll and Post-roll durations are set in Preferences > Playback.


… for Visual Effects

Tip #607: Autodesk Flame & Smoke Shortcuts

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A searchable list of Flame and Smoke Classic Shortcuts

The Flame logo.

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Autodesk published a searchable list of keyboard shortcuts for both Flame and Smoke, organized by function.

You can find them here.


… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #602: Premiere: Color Wheel Secret Tip

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Lock the hue while varying the saturation.

Here’s a secret tip when working with the macOS Colors window to choose a color.

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Here’s a secret tip when working with the macOS Colors window to choose a color.

Drag the small puck in the color wheel to choose a color, then press the Shift key.

This constrains the movement of the puck so that it moves in a straight line between its current position and the center.

This allows you to lock the hue while changing the saturation.


… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #601: FCP X: Color Wheel Secret

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Lock the hue while varying the saturation.

Press and hold the Shift key while dragging to constrain the hue.

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Here’s a secret tip when working with the macOS Colors window to choose a color.

Drag the small puck in the color wheel to choose a color, then press the Shift key.

This constrains the movement of the puck so that it moves in a straight line between its current position and the center.

This allows you to lock the hue while changing the saturation.


… for Apple Motion

Tip #571: Useful Motion Keyboard Shortcuts

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300+ shortcuts organized and ready for you.

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The folks at ShortCutWorld.com have compiled a list of 300+ keyboard shortcuts for Apple Motion and grouped them into 29 categories!

This is the most extensive list of shortcuts for Motion that I’ve seen in a long while.

Here’s the link.


… for Apple Motion

Tip #522: The Missing Motion Shortcut

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Switch sets or create your own shortcuts to fix this problem.

Change keyboard shortcuts by switching sets in the Motion menu.

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Of all the keyboard shortcuts that have ever existed in the history of the world, NONE have bothered me more than these two in Motion:

  • A enables automatic keyframe creation
  • Shift + S selects the Arrow tool

This shortcut combination has destroyed more student work than any other single thing I know; as well as countless projects of my own.

However, there’s hope!

While the current version of Motion supports changing keyboard shortcuts, there’s an even better solution: Changing shortcut command sets from Standard Set to Final Cut Pro Set. This resets the Arrow tool shortcut to A.

Go to Motion > Commands and switch sets:

  • The Arrow tool is now: A
  • The automatic Record Animation shortcut is now: Control + Option + Shift + Command + A

Finally.


… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #524: Assign Multiple Shortcuts to a Menu

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Multiple shortcuts can be assigned to the same menu option.

Drag the menu option on top of a key to create a new shortcut.

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I am a huge keyboard shortcuts junky. Except, sometimes I get confused about which shortcut goes with which application. A hidden feature in Final Cut is the ability to assign multiple shortcuts to the same menu option. Here’s how this works:

  • Open Final Cut Pro > Commands > Customize (Shortcut: Option + Cmd + K)
  • In the top left corner of the Command Editor, click the Default menu and duplicate it. (Assuming you haven’t created a personal set of keyboard shortcuts already. If you have, be sure it is selected in this menu.)
  • In the Search box in the top right, search for the shortcut you want to duplicate. In my case, I’m searching for the Blade tool to create a second shortcut.
  • At the top of the Command Editor, click the modifier keys you want associated with this shortcut.
  • When you look at the keyboard, all the keys that are gray do NOT have a shortcut attached to them for that modifier key combination.
  • For this example, I want to assign a single letter to the Blade shortcut. So, I turned off all the modifier buttons at the top.
  • Then, from the Command list in the bottom center, DRAG the shortcut name on top of the key you want to create a shortcut for. In the screen shot, I’m dragging the text Blade Tool on top of “C”.

Ta-DAH! In the Command List, I now have two keyboard shortcuts for the same Blade tool.


… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #526: Top and Tail Trimming

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High-speed Trims!

Use the Range tool to trim both top and tail at the same time.

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It seems I’ve gotten lazy and always trim my clips by dragging the In or the Out. However, there is a much faster way to trim the top or tail of a clip:

  • Put the playhead where you want to move the In and type: Option + [
  • Put the playhead where you want to move the Out and type: Option + ]
  • Using the Range tool (or set an In and Out) trim to the selected range, type: Option +

High-speed trims!

EXTRA CREDIT

You can use the Skimmer instead of the playhead, but I’ve found the playhead to be better for trimming because it is less easy to jiggle out of position.


… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #298: 2 Tricks to Moving Clips

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These two tricks save time when moving clips.

Swapping a clip from one location to another. The moved clip can be placed on any track.

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Once we have a rough cut complete, it is often necessary to move or replace clips in the timeline. Here are two tricks that make that easier.

SWAP CLIPS

To move a clip to a new position, press and hold both Command and Option. Drag the clip so the In of the clip you are moving is at its new location. While you would generally place it on the same track that it came from, you can actually place the swapped clip on any track.

As soon as you let go of the mouse, the clip shuttles into its new position and the clips to its right scurry down to fill the gap.

REPLACE CLIP

To replace a clip without losing any transitions or effects applied to it:

  • Select the clip in the timeline you want to replace
  • Drag the new clip from the Project panel on top of the existing clip while pressing Option (Alt).