10 Must Know Adobe Premiere Pro Features

10 Features in Adobe Premiere Pro that Every Video Editor Should Know

By: screenlight

Adobe Premiere Pro allows you an incredible amount of control when it comes to editing your projects. As an instructor and educator, I often find some of the prime features within the application often get overlooked.


Here is a list of 10 features I believe every Adobe Premiere Pro editor should know and have ready at their fingertips.

1. Shift+2 to Cycle Recent Clips in the Source Monitor.

In Adobe Premiere Pro, you can load multiple clips into the Source monitor for editing. Rather than click on the menu to select the next clip, why not use a shortcut key instead. Shift+2 allows you to cycle through each of the clips so that you can make in and out decisions on them a lot easier. Click Shift+2 to cycle through all the clips loaded in the Source monitor.

2. Automate Titles to Sequence.

So you’ve got 100 titles you need to lay down in a sequence. Why not create a series of markers on the timeline where you want your titles to land. Before you get started, lock any tracks you don’t want to be affected and create a blank track for your titles if necessary. Now, select all of your titles in the Project panel, make sure your playhead is before the first marker and click the Automate to sequence button on the lower right corner (to the left of the search icon)

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Automate to Sequence button
In the dialogue box, under ordering choose Selection Order and choose At Unnumbered Markers as the placement option. Make sure the Still clip duration is set to Use In/Out Range (this can be controlled under preferences). Finally, choose OK. You’ll have all your titles at the markers you created and the length you specified for stills under preferences.

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3. Get Another Instance of a Title by Option/Alt+Clicking to Make a Copy in the Timeline.

Continuing on the topic of titles, if you've ever tried to copy a title clip in a sequence and paste it, you may have noticed when you modify it, it will also change the original title. While you can duplicate the title in the Project panel, you can alsoopt/alt+click and drag a new title instance in the timeline. Make sure not to release the option key until you’ve released the copied title or you’ll end up performing an insert edit instead. Once you’re done, you can update your title without having to worry.

4. Use the Media Browser to Import Clips.

I usually see people import clips through the Project Panel by double-clicking. While there is nothing wrong with this method, the import dialogue box uses your OS to find files and your OS can’t see certain video file formats such as MXF and R3D. Enter the Media Browser. You can navigate your entire OS from Premiere and the best part is it displays the files your OS doesn’t. Complicated folder structures like P2 media are simplified into just one movie icon. If media is parsed over 2 memory cards, the Media Browser will collapse the 2 clips into one. The Media Browser also allows you to see other Premiere projects where you can bring in not only sequences but any assets as well. By default, when you double-click a file from the Media Browser it opens it in the Source monitor to preview. If you want to bring it into the project simply right or ctrl+click the file and choose import. Here’s a link to a video I did showing some of the features mentioned above.

5. Move Insert Editing in the Timeline.

One of my favorite edits to rearrange clips in the timeline is the move-insert edit. It allows you to move a clip in a sequence without leaving any gaps. Simply hold down cmd+opt on a Mac or ctrl+alt on a PC after selecting a clip and position the clip wherever you want. Notice how the adjacent clip will ripple forward and the spot you removed the clip from closes up so no gap is left. Feel free to watch the short movie below showing the edit. ...Continue to the Full Article for more tipes for Adobe Premiere Pro
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