Tip #237: Prevent Accidents – Lock It Down

… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #237: Prevent Accidents – Lock It Down

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Track locks are specific to each track.

Track locks in Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Blue locks are locked, white locks are unlocked.

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Have you ever had that sinking feeling that you just destroyed an edit because you deleted/moved/adjusted something you shouldn’t? Yeah, me, too. Here’s how to prevent it.

Minimize the chance for errors by locking your tracks.

  • Click the Track Lock icon – yup, it looks like a lock. Blue locks are locked, white locks are unlocked. The default is unlocked.
  • Shift – click to lock all audio or all video tracks.
  • To work on one track and lock all others, Shift – click any lock to lock all tracks, then click the lock for the one track you want to adjust.

NOTE: When a track is locked, diagonal hash lines appear on the track.


These locks are not for security, you can’t password-protect them. Rather, they are to help prevent mistakes.

Also, keep in mind that if you lock a video track, for example, you are still able to move its audio track, which would knock it out of sync.

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