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As an editor, there are many features you’ll find useful in specific circumstances. Effects like the powerful Warp Stabiliser, for example, its amazing if you have shaky footage, but if everything you shoot is on a tripod you’ll rarely need it. There are many features, however, that you’ll use day in, day out. Here are some of my favourites.
Create the Right Environment – Editing requires a great deal of focus. Just as you would adjust the driver’s seat in a car for comfort, you’ll probably want to adjust your editing environment. Don’t just use the standard workspaces; create your own for different activities. You can find the workspaces by going to Window>Workspace and choosing one.
It’s worth taking the time to learn some of the standard conventions for interacting with the Premiere Pro CC interface. For example, many editors know you can press the ‘ key to toggle any panel your mouse cursor is over to full screen. Not so many editors know you can use CTRL+’ to toggle the source monitor or Program monitor to true full screen to preview your work.
Become familiar with the panel menus and learn to navigate the Premiere Pro CC editing environment with ease. It’ll speed up your editing and help your focus on your creativity.
Ripple Sequence Markers – Sequence Markers are a useful reference for navigating your work. You can add a marker by pressing M, and the Markers panel gives you direct access to the name, contents, and duration settings for markers.
However, until recently, sequence markers would not move in time to match clips on the Timeline. So, if you applied an insert edit, pushing clips later in the sequence, the relative positions of sequence markers would no longer match the content.
You can easily fix this by going to the Marker menu and enabling Ripple Sequence Markers. This small feature turns sequence markers into a remarkably effective way to stay organised in an edit. You can now flag sections of a sequence for later review and count on the right content being marked.
Trimming Shortcuts – Trimming can be challenging to learn but it doesn’t need to be time consuming when editing. Learn a few useful shortcuts and practise with them to save some mouse time.
You can learn new keyboard based trimming techniques by going to the Keyboard Shortcuts and searching for the word Trim. Try a few and make them a part of your standard editing procedure. Two of my favourites are Q and W, which Ripple Trim the start or end of a clip. Try it out.
Voiceover Recording to the Timeline – Sometimes you’ll be working with voice over, but you don’t yet have the professionally recorded version you’re waiting for, or perhaps there are animation files you’re waiting for. You can record scratch voice over directly to the Timeline easily to use as a rough guide while you wait for the final version of your media.
There are a couple ways of doing this but one of the easiest is to use the settings menu on the Timeline to customise the audio track headers, adding the voice over record button. With that button in place and your audio hardware preferences set up with an input sound device, you can click and start recording onto the timeline.
Stay Organised – Stay organised from the start. It takes moments and can save hours. Drag groups of clips onto the new bin button to automatically add them to a newly created bin. The bin name will be highlighted, ready to rename it. The more organised your project is, the less you have to think about and the more you can focus on your creativity.
So, that was my blog on some of the simple tips for when it comes to video editing, I hope this was informative and you learnt from it.