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The Top Five Tools for Fast Video Editing in Premiere Pro

By Jake Bartlett
Premiere Pro

Expedite Your Premiere Pro Workflow with These Five Video Editing Tools

Adobe Premiere Pro is the world's leading video editing software for film, TV and the web — but if you're like a lot of motion designers, you've never used it.
Leave it to the video editor, you've thought.
Well, what if you could do it all? Sure, Premiere Pro doesn't look like After Effects. But that doesn't mean — with the right guidance — you can't become adept enough to edit your own videos. Plus, it is compatible.
Here's where School of Motion and our instructor Jake Bartlett come in.
Jake teaches Explainer Camp and Photoshop + Illustrator Unleashed; he's also worked for Coca-Cola, Twitter and Skype, has a hefty online following, and knows a thing or two about all aspects of animation.
In today's tutorial, Jake demonstrates five of the most practical, useful video editing tools in Premiere Pro, showcasing much of the interface in the process.

The Top 5 Editing Tools in Premiere Pro: Tutorial Video

The Top 5 Editing Tools in Premiere Pro: Project Files

For The Top 5 Editing Tools in Premiere Pro, Jake uses several clips of drone footage shot by Michael James in Iceland, creating a montage cut to music, with color grading and more.
To follow along, install Premiere Pro and import the files contained here:

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The Top 5 Editing Tools in Premiere Pro: Explained

Instead of cutting up a clip into a bunch of small sections and unwanted gaps, use the Ripple Edit tool keep your timeline clean.
To use Ripple Edit, click the Tools window; or hit the B key on your keyboard.
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So, what does Ripple Edit actually do?
Think of the Ripple Edit tool as creating a "ripple effect" — when a clip is trimmed, it causes a ripple effect throughout the rest of your timeline, shifting all other clips into a new timeline position.
Specifically, Ripple Edit trims the in and out points of a layer, and then slides all the following clips over to meet the new out point.
For example, if you remove 10 frames from the back end of your clip, your remaining clips will move forward 10 frames.
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Note: any video editing tracks that are locked will not be affected by the Ripple Edit; if you have several tracks of videos, be sure to double-check what's locked and unlocked.
The Ripple Edit tool can create gaps in your timeline. This is where Ripple Deleting comes in.
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To Ripple Delete, simply click the empty space between two separate clips; this should turn that space white, indicating the section you will be removing.
Then, press the backspace or delete key on your keyboard; this will automatically shift your clips to line up with the outpoint of the closet clip in the timeline.
Again, be sure to lock any tracks that you don't want to affected by the Ripple Delete.
Need to move the in and out points of a clip by a few frames? Like the Pan Behind tool in After Effects, the Slip tool in Premiere Pro is designed to maintain your edit without changing your in and out points.
Of course, for this tool to work, you'll need footage before/after your in and out points.
To access it, click Slip Tool in the Tools window; or, hit the Y key on your keyboard. Your mouse cursor will change to bi-directional arrows, pointing to vertical bars.
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To start "slipping," click in between the in and out points of your clip, and drag left or right.
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The program window will display four different panes, with time codes at the bottom of the two large panes.
The top left and right images are the clips before and after the current clip you're slipping, representing the out point of the previous clip and the in point of the following clip.
The two larger images below represent the in and out points of the current clip you're slipping, illustrating where and how your clip is starting and ending.
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All four of these panes come in handy when tweaking an edit by only a few frames, helping you nail cuts on action.
If you're satisfied with the beginning and end of your clip, but need the entire clip to move left or right, it's best to use the Slide tool — and not the standard Selection tool.
Why? If you move a clip using the Selection tool, you'll leave a gap before or after the clip, depending on the direction you move it; with the Slide tool, you avoid the extra step of deleting this empty space.
The Slide tool works by preserving the in and out points of your selected clip, and dynamically changing the in and out points of the surrounding clips.
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To access it, use the Tools menu (it's right below Slip Tool); or, hit the U button on your keyboard.
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Similar to the Slide tool, Rolling Edit is used for manipulating the in and out points of clips.
To use the Rolling Edit tool, hit the N button on your keyboard; or, find it in the Tools panel, grouped with the Ripple Edit tool.
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To use Rolling Edit, click and drag the cut point: where the out and in points meet between two clips. This will update the in and out points, without moving the clips, shortening one clip while lengthening the other.
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The Rate Stretch tool allows you to change the speed of a clip — without right-clicking, digging through the menus, and guessing by what percent you need to speed up or slow down the footage in each clip.
Equip the Rate Stretch tool with keyboard shortcut R; or, locate it in the Tools window, grouped with the Ripple Edit tool.
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By simply dragging the in or out point of a clip with the Rate Stretch tool, you can change how fast your footage plays back, as if you were changing the length of the clip itself.
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