Updated: Oct 11, 2020
Editing takes ages. That's a fact.
It's one of the first things I warn my clients when I'm teaching them how to make videos. And it can be slightly disheartening to learn how long it actually takes to edit something together.
Over the last 7 years I've fine-tuned my Adobe Premiere Pro workflow to significantly speed up my editing process. I'm a sucker for productivity life-hacks and I've noticed my clients love learning about my Premiere Pro cheats. So, I present to you my 5 Adobe Premiere Pro "hacks" for faster editing.
1. Trimming Keyboard Shortcuts
My favourite hack! Changing the default keyboard shortcuts for this process is the best thing I've done to speed up my editing.
When editing a video, you will first go through your footage and trim out the sections you want before adding them to your timeline. I call this finding your best 'snippets'. Currently, the default keyboard shortcuts for this process are:
I = In point
O = Out point , (comma) = Insert into timeline.
This makes zero sense for your hand movement on your keyboard, especially if your right hand is on the mouse/touchpad and your left hand needs to reach over to hit the shortcuts. Therefore, I recommend you change your keyboard shortcuts to:
1 = In point
2 = Out point
3 = Insert
You'll overwrite some lesser used shortcuts, but this setup allows your right hand to stay on the mouse/touchpad whilst your left hand goes 1, 2, 3... 1, 2, 3... etc. It's seriously quick!
Here's a two minute video of how to change your keyboard shortcuts.
2. Cleaning up your workspace
Have you noticed there's a bunch of windows in Premiere Pro that you never use? Let's get rid of them.
Click on the hamburger menu of a tab to close it. Personally I've closed every panel in my bottom-left window so that I can just see Project and Effects. No more scrolling through tabs to get where you need to be!
Once you've finished personalising your workspace, you can save it as your own.
Go to Window -> Workspaces -> Save as New Workspace