… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #198: A Faster Way to Edit Audio – or, um, not

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Edit only audio, only video or both from a clip.

A menu option in Apple Final Cut Pro X allowing editing audio, video or both.
This menu is accessible, but these shortcuts are MUCH faster.

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In addition to HOW you edit, you can also control WHAT you edit. To access this menu, click the small downward-pointing arrow next to the editing icons above the timeline.

Or, use these keyboard shortcuts:

Shortcut What It Does
Shift + 1 Edit both audio and video into the timeline
Shift + 2 Edit video-only into the Timeline
Shift + 3 Edit audio-only into the Timeline

NOTE: These options need to be enabled before making the edit.


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… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #164: 6 “Trim to Playhead” Shortcuts

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Keyboard shortcuts that speed trimming to the Playhead.

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These six keyboard shortcuts speed trimming an edit point to the playhead.

Shortcut What It Does
Q Ripple trim previous edit to playhead (does not leave a gap)
Shift + Q Extend (Roll) previous edit to playhead
Option + Q Trim previous edit to playhead (leaves a gap)
W Ripple trim next edit to playhead (does not leave a gap)
Shift + W Extend (Roll) next edit to playhead
Option + W Trim next edit to playhead (leaves a gap)

The cool part about these is that you don’t need to select the edit point first.

NOTE: These shortcuts are all from the Adobe Premiere Pro Default keyboard map.


… for Apple Motion

Tip #188: Move Layers with a Keyboard Shortcut

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Moving layers need not be difficult.

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Moving layers in Motion with the mouse can be challenging because you need to very carefully watch the location of that thin blue line.

It is much better to use a keyboard shortcut. This is one of those shortcuts that, once you learn it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

  • Cmd + ] — Go up
  • Cmd + [ — Go down

Sigh… so simple.


… for Apple Motion

Tip #091: A Faster Way to Fine Tune

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This is a great option when you need to make small adjustments.

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Every slider in Motion has a track that it slides in.

Press the Option key while clicking on the track and you’ll change the value of the setting by one unit.

Click left of the slider to decrease the value, click right of the slider to increase the value.

Not all sliders support this, but most of them do.


… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #129: Hover Scrub Tricks

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“Hovering” is the fastest way to view a clip.

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Hover scrubbing is most valuable for quickly previewing the contents of a clip before you edit it into a sequence.

To “Hover Scrub” a clip, move (but do not click and drag) the cursor across a thumbnail in the Program panel. You can see the entire duration of a clip when hover scrubbing thumbnails left to right. When you move the mouse outside the boundaries of the clip, or focus is set away from the Project panel, the thumbnail resets to the poster frame. No audio is played during hover scrubbing.

  • To turn off Hover Scrub, press Shift + H.
  • When Hover Scrub is off, you can press the Shift key to temporarily enable Hover Scrubbing.
  • Use the keyboard shortcuts I and O to set In and Out points for the clip while hover scrubbing.
  • While hovering over a portion of a clip, double-click the icon, and the clip loads into the Source Monitor where the pointer was hovering. With this technique, Insert or Overwrite edits can be quickly made to the timeline.