Thanks to a new visual interface, customizing keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro is easier than ever. Here are some examples.

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Certified Premiere Pro Trainer and Emmy Award-winning editor Dylan Osborn — one of our very favorite sources of actionable, real-world knowledge on the web — is back with another expert tutorial. This installment of his informative Done With Dylan series explains how to create efficient keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro, focusing primarily on shortcuts for Application and Panel Commands. The entire process is easier than ever, thanks to the new visual Shortcut interface. 

Watch the video below for Osborn’s concise explanations (and notice that some of the steps are listed after the clip), but be sure to visit his professional website and Vimeo page for more ace Premiere Pro training.

Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcut 1: Dragging the Key to Action

Custom Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts Made Easy: Dragging the key to action

Dragging your target shortcut key (in the case above, F3) to the desired action (in this case, Add or Remove Audio Keyframe) is an incredibly easy way to assign keyboard shortcuts. Premiere Pro also includes the Modifier list, showing every possible modifier combination for a particular key. This section also allows you to add or delete different commands to this list.

Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcut 2: Purple and Green Commands

Custom Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts Made Easy: Purple and Green Commands

Application Commands are colored purple. So, all of your basic editing moves — Marking In, Marking Out, Slide Tool, etc. — will be, well, purple. Green signifies a Panel Command. So, if you scroll down to view the various Panels offered in Premiere, your shortcuts will be green.

The process of distinguishing between Application Commands and Panel Commands is made obvious by Premiere Pro in the Commands Menu and the Commands drop-down. Osborn uses the command Import as an example to explain the difference between Application and Panel Command Shortcuts.

Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcut 3: Assigning the Same Shortcut for Different Actions

Custom Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts Made Easy: Same Shortcut, Different Actions

Another handy feature in all of this is the ability to have the same keyboard shortcut (in Osborn’s example, one mapped for Import) within both the Application and Panel Commands. So your most commonly used shortcuts are readily available to you whenever you need them.

Premiere Pro saves any changes and additions you make to custom keyboard presets, so it’s encouraged that you name the preset to something other than “Custom” (and remember to save with each change you make).


What do your Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts look like? Share your techniques in the comments below.