Editing can take up a great deal of time, but there are ways to make it more efficient.

One of the greatest time sinks in video editing, just as in really any software based task, is having to fiddle with the interface – Adobe Premiere shortcuts can help.

Switching between tools, toggling panels, organising files – none of these things take a long time on their own, but cumulatively can really stretch out your workflow.

That’s why it’s a great idea to make things more efficient wherever you can, and one of the ways you can do this is by making use of shortcuts called hot keys.

What are hot keys?

Well, simply put, they’re a way of using your keyboard to quickly toggle frequently used tools or settings, an alternative to using the mouse to navigate through toolbars and menus. If this is something you do a lot, then it’s time to start using hot keys.

In the video above we run through a few quick Adobe Premiere hotkeys you can start using right away to make things run more smoothly.

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Using Adobe Premiere our in-house videographer John Layton goes through some of the keyboard commands he finds most useful in his workflow, including shortcuts to the tools he uses most and commands that perform some of the functions he most often needs.

Once you get practiced you’ll be using these few Adobe Premiere shortcuts without giving it a second thought, and you’ll find it makes a real different to your editing.

All editing programmes will have their own hot keys, so if you work on DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X or Avid, just check out the handbook!


Here are some of our favourite


This helpful shortcut lets you cut without switching to the blade tool

‘C’ and ‘V’

These are really useful shortcuts for switching back and forth from the cursor to the razor tool.

‘[‘ and ‘]’

This means you can increase and decrease the volume in your audio tracks without having to manually drag it up and down.


This lets you unlink a clip without having to right click and unlink it manually.


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