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Smaller Premiere Pro CS6 trim tool icons

The interface upgrade for Premiere Pro CS6 included an updated look for certain trim tools, including the Selection tool, the Ripple tool, and the Roll tool. For some users, these icons are larger than they would like at certain zoom levels in the Timeline. Some have described that there is too much zooming in and out when performing simple trims because of the larger icons.

DSLR specialist, Philip Bloom feels the trim tools are too large, as well. His friend, “James,” (described as the English “MacGyver”) has created new icons that can be used in place of the existing ones. You can install these tool icons “at your own risk” by following instructions on Philip’s blog entitled, “Little fix to make using Premiere CS6 a little bit better!”

Take a look and see if the replacement icons might work better for your workflow.Share on Facebook

Keyboard Shortcuts: Trimming with Premiere Pro (CS4, CS5, & CS5.5)

Want to take your Premiere Pro trimming chops to a new level? Then you’ll want to use keyboard shortcuts to trim. Memorizing a few keyboard shortcuts will help you on your way to a smoother editing workflow. Before you reach for the Ripple or Roll tools on your next project, check out the following tips.

In Premiere Pro, there are a number of keyboard shortcuts you can use to trim, including using the Extend Edit and Trim to In Point commands. You can also use an interface specially made for fine trimming, the Trim Monitor.

Extend Edit is in the Sequence Menu in Premiere Pro CS5.5

Extend Edit is in the Sequence Menu in Premiere Pro CS5.5

Let’s first focus on keyboard shortcuts that may assist you in trimming clips in the Timeline. The first you may be familiar with, the extend edit command. An extend edit is one where the edit point will move to the location of the playhead with a keyboard shortcut, which is essentially a roll edit. Since you cannot directly select an edit point in a Premiere Pro timeline, there must be two commands to perform an extend edit: one to move the edit point forward to the playhead and another to move the edit point backward to the playhead. In Premiere Pro CS5.5, these are called Extend Previous Edit to Playhead (E) and Extend Next Edit to Playhead (Shift+E). In Premiere Pro CS5, these are called Roll Previous Edit to CTI and Roll Next Edit to CTI. These do not have assigned keyboard shortcuts, so you must assign them in the Keyboard Customization dialog.

To perform an extend edit, do the following:

  1. Target the tracks you wish to effect in the extend edit.
  2. Park the playhead where you want to extend (roll) the edit point to.
  3. Press the appropriate keyboard shortcut (E or Shift+E).
  4. The edit then snaps to the playhead.

For more info about the extend edit function, see this video by Karl Soulé on AdobeTV:

You can also read more about the extend edit function on my blog:

Another keyboard driven trimming shortcut is similar to an extend edit, in that a clip’s edit point can snap to the playhead. The main difference being that it will trim the in or out point, and then leave a gap behind rather than rolling the edit point. It’s called “Trim to Playhead”. This is also one that is not already set up as a keyboard shortcut, so you must assign them. Just look for the commands: Trim In Point to Playhead and Trim Out Point to Playhead. I used Control+I and Control+O.

To do a trim to playhead, do the following:

  1. Target the tracks you wish to effect in the extend edit.
  2. Park the playhead where you want to trim the clip’s in or out
  3. point to.
  4. Press the appropriate keyboard shortcut (Control+I or Control+O).
  5. The clip’s in or out point then snaps to the playhead.

Want to trim with greater precision? Then you’ll want to be more familiar with the Trim Monitor.

Before you begin using the Trim Monitor for fine trimming, I like to set up the interface to loop with a keyboard shortcut. Looping is desirable because you can observe the cut a few times before deciding to add or subtract frames. To do so, go to the Keyboard Customization dialog, choose “Panels” and type in “Loop”. You should be able to find the proper command there. I assigned the shortcut to Alt+L (Command+L Mac OS).

Though you can trim with the mouse in this panel, I’ll be describing the keyboard driven workflow, most important to advanced editors.

Here’s how to work with the Trim Monitor:

  1. Park the playhead on or near any edit point.
  2. Press the T key, the Trim Monitor Launches.
  3. Press the Spacebar to begin looping playback. Audio and video will playback repeatedly. Evaluate the cut and decide if either the outgoing or incoming shot needs to have frames trimmed from it or if a roll trim needs to take place.
  4. To ripple trim the edit point, first select the correct side of the edit point you wish to trim. For a roll trim, select both sides of the edit point.
    • To set up a roll trim: press Alt+1 (Option+1 for Mac OS).
    • To set up a ripple trim for the outgoing shot: press Alt+2 (Option+2 for Mac OS).
    • To set up a ripple trim for the incoming shot: press Alt+3 (Option+3 for Mac OS).
    • Once you have set up the trim mode, you should see blue bars above and below the clip(s) you wish to trim.
  5. After the mode is set, choose the amount of frames you wish to trim.
    • To trim backward by one frame, press Alt+Left Arrow (Option+Left Arrow for Mac OS)
    • To trim backward by multiple frames, press Alt+Shift+Left Arrow (Option+Shift+Left Arrow for MacOS)
    • To trim forward by one frame, press Alt+Right Arrow (Option+Right Arrow for Mac OS)
    • To trim forward by multiple frames, press Alt+Shift+Right Arrow (Option+Shift+Right Arrow for MacOS)
  6. Press the Spacebar once more to begin looping playback. Evaluate the cut and repeat steps 4 and 5, if necessary.
  7. If you are satisfied with the cut, you can move to the next cut by pressing the Page Down key. Press the Page Up key to move to the previous cut.
  8. When your fine trimming is completed, close the Trim Monitor by pressing Control+W (Command+W for Mac OS).

Once you have internalized and practiced these keyboard shortcuts, you’ll be able to trim any clip just the way you want to. If you have any trim tips, be sure to place them in the comments and I’ll add them to the article.Share on Facebook

Using the Extend Edit Function in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 & CS5.5

The extend edit function is available in most mature non-linear editing programs and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and CS5.5 is no exception. The way an extend edit works is to first place the the current time indicator (CTI) or playhead either before or after an existing edit, engage a keyboard command and then the edit point does a roll trim to the CTI or playhead. To clarify, an extend edit is merely a roll trim that is performed with the playhead and a keyboard shortcut. It’s really a time saving edit function that all should be familiar with.

Achieving an extend edit in Adobe Premiere Pro is very simple, however, you’ll have to customize the keyboard first in order to have access to the function in Premiere Pro CS5 (in Premiere Pro CS5.5, they are already set up for you, so the following steps are unnecessary).

Here’s how to set that up:

  1. Go to Edit > Keyboard Customization
  2. Ensure “Application” is chosen in the drop down menu.
  3. In the Keyboard Customization dialog, scroll down until you see Roll Next Edit to CTI and Roll Previous Edit to CTI.
  4. Select “Roll Previous Edit to CTI” by clicking on the name.
  5. Click once in the Shortcut field next to the command.
  6. Type “E” for extend.
  7. Repeat the process for Roll Next Edit to CTI, except use Shift + E for that command
  8. The Set command for the keyboard will now say [Custom]. You now have a custom set of shortcuts to customize as you see fit, name it by clicking the Save As button and then entering in a name for it.
  9. Click the OK button and the Keyboard Customization window closes.

Now that the keyboard has been properly set up, you’re all ready to go. Follow these steps to complete an extend edit:

  1. In the timeline, target the track(s) that you wish to do an extend edit.
  2. Move the CTI/playhead to a new position either before or after the existing edit point.
  3. Press E to extend an edit forward to the playhead or Press Shift + E to extend an edit backward to the playhead.
  4. Your extend edit is now complete.

This technique is the fastest way in the world to do a roll trim. It works great with audio tracks, as well.

Since we all have a need for a Roll trim in everyday editing practice, I encourage you to map your keyboard right now so that you’ll to be ready to use an extend edit in your next editing session. Doing an extend edit is far faster than reaching for the Rolling Edit tool and then clicking and dragging to make the trim.

Tip: If you target more than one track, the extend edit will function on all of those selected tracks. To see this in action, check out the following example:

Let’s say that I want to do a roll trim to line up the edit points on V2 and Title on V3 with the edit point of the clip on V1. First, I snap the CTI to the existing edit for the clip on V1. Then I select the V2 and V3 video tracks as shown:

Next, type Shift+E to Extend (or Roll) the edit point to where the CTI is positioned.

Note that all three edit points are now aligned quickly and perfectly. If the clip’s edit points are not aligned, one thing may have gone wrong: insufficient handle. An extend edit behaves just like a trim with the Rolling Edit tool and is also subject to the limits of media beyond the chosen in and out points, so be aware of that.

So, there you have it!  A great technique that is used by the pros every day. Because of this function, I rarely use the Rolling Edit tool to make roll edits. It’s just too slow if you know about the extend edit function! I find that the extend edit technique saves me a ton of time in trimming and manipulating edit points of clips, graphics, titles and audio and I hope it will do the same for you.

For more information about the extend edit function, check out this page on Adobe Premiere Pro Help. It’s also described in Help here, as well.

Update Feb. 11, 2011: Karl Soulé has just created a video tutorial for Extend Edit on Adobe TV. Check it out here.Share on Facebook