Top 10 Video Editing Short cut Keys in Premiere Pro

Top 10 Video Editing Short cut Keys in Premiere Pro

Timeline Short Cut Keys

  1. Selection Tool [A]
  2. Razor Blade Tool [B]
  3. Crop Tool [C]
  4. Zoom Tool [Z]
  5. Default Cross Dissolve Transition [Command + T]
  6. Change Speed [Command + J]
  7. Play [space bar]
  8. Play forward x2 speed [L]
  9. Play back x2 speed [J]
  10. Pause [K]

Simple Tricks For Faster Editing

  1. Add Edit (Ctrl +K)
  2. Go to Next/Prev Edit Point (Shift + UP/DOWN Arrow Key)
  3. Zoom In/Out ((-) and (=))
  4. Match Frame (F)
  • Toggle Audio Scrub:
    Shift + S

Sometimes you want to hear audio when you scrub, sometimes you don’t. Turning off scrubbing increases processing power.

  • Toggle Trim Type:
    Control + T (Shift on PC)

Toggles between standard trim (leaves a gap), ripple and roll.

  • Ripple Trim:
    Next Edit – W , Previous Edit – Q

Lets you trim the head or tail of a clip, a quick way to work.

  • Slip Clip in Sequence:
    Option+ Command + left/right keys
    Add Shift to move 5 frames

Changes the in and out points of the clip in the Premiere Pro timeline.  Note, it doesn’t change the length of the clip.

  • Add keyframes to Opacity/Volume:
    Command Click with Selection Tool

This is quicker than switching to the pen tool to add keyframes and then switching back to the selection tool. If you don’t see the white line for opacity/volume, go to the wrench (Timeline Display Settings) and select “Show Video Keyframes” or “Show Audio Keyframes”.

  • Nudge (move a clip up or down):
    Up or Down Arrows

Hold Alt/Option to select just video or audio (or click the linked selection button), then use the up or down arrow. This will add tracks if they don’t already exist (similar to the FCP behavior) 

  • Add Default Transitions to Selection:
    Shift + D

This will apply the default transition to all selected clips. This shortcut now applies the transition to all clips. It didn’t work on the first and last clip in Premiere Pro CS6.

 

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Photoshop is a very powerful software which allows user to accomplish same tasks in  endless number of ways. It is difficult to understand which technique is best to accomplish a task when you have so many ways to achieve the same result. This is a short article in which we will cover the best practices and artist should follow while working  in Adobe Photoshop.

  1. Working on a Separate Layers

When you work in Photoshop, it is always advisable to work in a separate layers instead of applying all the changes to the background layer. When you work in separate layer it gives you the flexibility to go back and make changes later. Always create new layers and name them accordingly for new modification and new effect you apply to your background

  1. Masking instead of Deleting

Most artists delete or erase the content in the layer. This is one of the destructive way of editing. Artists should use masking techniques to avoid losing image content. Masking temporarily hides the selected part of the layer which can be made visible again by deleting the mask.

Use masking instead of deleting parts of your layers

  1. Use Shortcuts

A real Photoshop artist should have one hand on mouse or a pen and other on keyboard. Here are the lists of default shortcut

  • Cmd/Ctrl + T – Free Transform
  • Cmd/Ctrl + Enter – Accept typing
  • Cmd/Ctrl + S – Save document
  • Cmd/Ctrl + A – Select all
  • Cmd/Ctrl + D – Deselect
  • Cmd/Ctrl + I – Invert colors
  • Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + I – Invert selection
  • Cmd/Ctrl + click on layer’s thumbnail – Selection based on Layer’s content
  • Cmd/Ctrl + Option/Alt + A – Select All Layers
  • Option/Alt + click between two layers – Clipping Mask
  • Cmd/Ctrl + G – Group Layers
  • Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + G – Ungroup Layers
  1. Clean up Unused Layers

We create to many layers when we use different filters to get the desired effect. Deleting unused layers will not only keep the layer tab clean but also reduce the PSD size.

  1. Use Adjustment Layers

Using adjustments from the image menu is again a destructive method of editing. The changes will be applied to the selected layer and it will be difficult to make changes later on. If you use Adjustment layer it will create a new layer which will allow you to control the opacity and fill of the layer. It will also allow you to change the blending mode and layer settings.

  1. Be Organized

As an artist it is important to be organized. Name and arrange layers appropriately. It is tedious job but it will save time in a long run especially if you are working in a team. 

  1. Use Filters wisely

You can apply filters to your image layers as a Smart Filters. You can activate  or deactivate and also change settings and blending modes of Smart filters. You can add multiple filters in same Filter itself.

  1. Learn to Navigate
  • Space – Hand tool
  • Z + drag right and left – Zoom in and out
  • Hold down H + click – Bird’s eye view
  • Cmd/Control + 0 – Fit to Screen
  • Cmd/Control + 1 – Actual Size
  1. Use Adobe Bridge

Adobe bridge is Photoshop’s native file management application. It is used to organize and find files , projects and images

  1. Save PSD’s

PSD is a file format you save from Photoshop. An artist should always save PSD file. PSD is your working file which you will need to make amendment when necessary. Not saving a PSD file is like losing a big part of your work when your computer freezes or stops responding.

 

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2D v/s 3D animation

There are quite a few animation styles practiced today. It is almost like the animator’s signature style. We associate Disney with 2D animation, whereas Pixar is known for 3D animation. Further ahead, Aardman Animations is always associated with clay animation, and Laika Entertainment is known for stop-motion animation.In this post, you get the merits and demerits of 2D v/s 3D animation.

However, the most common forms used are 2D and 3D animation, both with their own pros and cons. A production team must determine the purpose, and the look & feel of the project before deciding on the course of action to take. In this post, we will discuss the merits and demerits of 2D and 3D animation, so that next time you know which method suits your story better.In this post, you get the merits and demerits of 2D v/s 3D animation. A production team must determine the purpose, and the look & feel of the project.

2D animation 

This is the oldest form of animation, and is still preferred by traditional animators around the world. With the evolution of animation, this form comes with its own sets of advantages & disadvantages. In this post, you get the merits and demerits of 2D v/s 3D animation.

Advantages:

  • Low production cost – Not every production team can afford the added expense of harnessing 3D technology
  • Quick time – Production lead time is low. It is quicker to produce 2D animation
  • Less complex – It is easier to produce a 2D animated sequence over its 3D counterpart due to less involvement of technology & software
  • Tried & tested – The method has been around since the late 1800s & works every single time
  • Easy to fix – It is very simple to fix errors in 2D animation. If it looks wrong, just redraw it

Disadvantages:

  • Old can be boring – Traditional animation can sometimes appear mundane. There is no comparison of quality between 2D & 3D animation; the latter wins hands down
  • Audience demand – 3D animation is fast capturing the market. Very few people prefer to watch 2D animation movies as compared to its 3D counterpart
  • Economic reasons – Not all 2D animation is simple to make. Sometimes, it takes less time and money to create a sequence in 3D due to advances in computer technology
  • Time is money – Several movie studios are giving up 2D animation altogether because it is time consuming to create cel-based animation templates, which can never be reused
  • Expertise – 2D animation requires a workforce that is able to draw & sketch. This is not mandatory for 3D animation

3D animation

TOY STORY 3

With technological advancements & software developments, 3D animation is the order of the day. Animation films are released in a 2D & 3D version, purely because of audience demand. Yet, it cannot be forgotten that this technique has its own share of benefits & limitations.In this post, you get the merits and demerits of 2D v/s 3D animation.

Advantages:

  • Visual output – 3D animation is more realistic and exciting
  • Technological advancements – New technologies are being developed everyday and the overall viewing experience is becoming exponentially better on a very rapid scale
  • Time is money – 3D models made for a particular project can be reused for future projects. This lowers the cost of production over the years for a 3D animation studio
  • Audience demand – The current generation of children are now used to 3D animation. They may not no easily relate to 2D animation
  • More workforce – Many animators are now shifting their skills to 3D animation so it is not very difficult to find a talented workforce anymore

Disadvantages: 

  • Limited imagination – What can be done in 3D is limited to what the machine can do. There is more scope in 2D as it depends on the artists
  • The old charm – The highest grossing animated movies ever made have been created in 2D animation. Sometimes, simplicity takes a front seat when it comes to popularity with the masses
  • Profit & loss – A lot of effort, time & resources go into making a 3D animation project. The returns may not be as spectacular
  • Technical glitches – Sometimes 3D models may not work as they should. Bugs, computer viruses, all contribute to making 3D animation that much more difficult to create
  • Motivation – Sometimes, 3D animation is done simply ‘for the sake of doing it’, and the results can be quite lackluster

What is your favorite form of animation? Share with us your thoughts in the comment box below.

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