Premiere Pro Toolbar – A Detailed Guide

By January 10, 2017 Software, Video

Premiere Pro Toolbar – Tutorial and Demo

An essential part of learning how to use Premiere, getting familiar with the toolbar should be first on the list of things to master when starting out with the software. You can more than triple the speed and efficiency of you editing once you have the function of the tools and the keyboard shortcuts down. You probably won’t end up using every tool all the time but 50% should form part of your everyday editing.

The tools are described briefly below but are fully demonstrated in the video.

Keyboard
Shortcut
Description
V Selection tool
The default tool, used to select clips in the timeline.
M Track Select tool
Select all clips on a track from a given point, or select multiple tracks.
B Ripple Edit tool
Adjust an edit point and move other clips in the timeline to compensate.
N Rolling Edit tool
Adjust an edit point between two clips without affecting the rest of the timeline.
X Rate Stretch tool
Change the duration of a clip while simultaneously changing the speed to compensate.
C Razor tool
Cut a clip (or multiple clips) into two clips.
Y Slip tool
Move a clip’s in and out points by the same amount simultaneously, so the rest of the timeline is not affected.
U Slide tool
Move a clip back and forth in the timeline, while simultaneously adjusting adjacent clips to compensate.
P Pen tool
Create control (anchor) points.
H Hand tool
Drag the timeline view left and right.
Z Zoom tool
Click in the timeline to magnify the view, or drag and select a rectangular area to zoom into.
I must point out here that I am no master editor and there may be nuances and wonderful uses for the tools that I do not cover here. The purpose of the tutorial is to make you aware of their function and most importantly, the default shortcut keys for accessing them.

Please do comment below if I’ve missed out something vital or got anything wrong.

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