The keys to being a successful professional editor come down to two things: precision and speed. Precision is a skill honed over time, with hundreds of hours of practice and experience finding the perfect way to cut and combine clips to tell a story. Speed comes down to how well you know your tools.
If you’re an editor who works on Avid Media Composer, shortcuts will become a key part of your workflow as they will allow you to work faster and more efficiently. We’ve compiled this handy shortcut guide so that you can speed up your editing sessions and work smarter, not harder. Make sure to save this for future reference!
40 Handy Avid Shortcuts
There are lots of different shortcut combinations that work with Avid, and you can even create your own shortcuts to customize your editing workflow (more on that later).
First, let’s start with the basics:
- Play: ( ` ) Key or (Tab) Key
- Go to In: [Q] Key
- Go to Out: [W] Key
- Mark In: [E] Key
- Mark Out: [R] Key
- Marker: [T] Key
- Undo: Ctrl/Cmd + Z
- Redo: Ctrl/Cmd + R
If you’re doing a lot of editing, these will be the keys with the most wear and tear. Now, let’s get into some more complex shortcut combinations for different uses.
- Enlarge track: [Ctrl/Cmd+L]
- Shrink track: [Ctrl /Cmd+K]
- Timeline Finder: [Ctrl/Cmd+F]
- New video track: [Ctrl/Cmd+Y]
- New audio track: [Ctrl/Cmd+U]
- Select all tracks: [Ctrl/Cmd+A]
- Deselect all tracks: [Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+A]
- Show the entire sequence in the Timeline window: [Ctrl+/] (PC) [Cmd + /] (Mac)
- Add keyframe: [“] Key
- Go to next edit: [S] Key
- Go to previous edit: [A] Key
- Create new bin: [Ctrl/Cmd+N]
- Select all objects in the active bin or project window: [Ctrl/Cmd+A ]
- Close all windows and bins: [Ctrl/Cmd+W]
- Duplicate selected clip, sequence or title: [Ctrl/Cmd+D]
- Create a group of clips: [Shift+Ctrl+G] (PC) or [Cmd+Shift+G] (Mac)
- Copy clip: Hold Alt or Option while you drag selected clip between bins.
- Undo action: [Ctrl/Cmd+Z]
- Redo action: [Ctrl /Cmd+R]
- Copy footage between Mark In and Mark Out on a selected track: [Ctrl /Cmd+C]
- Paste selected material into the same track: [Ctrl /Cmd+V]
- Quick transition: [\] Key
- Open/activate timeline window: ⌘0
- Open audio tool: ⌘1
- Open Avid Calculator: ⌘2
- Open Command palette: ⌘3
- Open Composer window: ⌘4
- Open Media Creation Settings dialog: ⌘5
- Open Console window: ⌘6
- Open Digitize tool: ⌘7
- Open Effect Palette: ⌘8
- Activate Project window: ⌘9
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How to Add or Change Shortcuts in Avid
For most people the built-in keyboard shortcuts will be more than sufficient to streamline your editing workflow. However, if you are moving over from another editing program, such as Premiere Pro, you may want to keep the same hotkeys and shortcuts. Or, you may just want to change the shortcuts to work better with your workflow.
Whatever the reason, Avid makes it easy to swap and customize your keyboard shortcuts and hot keys. Just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Open the “Command Pallete” by going to “Tools” then “Command Pallete.”
Step 2: Select either “Button to Button Reassignment” or “Menu to Button Reassignment” to begin editing your shortcuts.
- You’ll want to use “Button to Button” Reassignment if you want to assign specific actions or tools to different hotkeys.
- You’ll want to use “Menu to Button” Reassignment if you want to attach a menu item to a certain key or shortcut, such as control panel windows.
For Button to Button Reassignment:
Step 3: Select the Button to Button Reassignment option in the Command Pallete.
Step 4: Find the action you want to assign to a key in the Command Pallete menus.
Step 5: Drag and drop the selected action to whatever key you’d like to assign it to in the Command Pallete keyboard.
For Menu to Button Reassignment:
Step 3: Select the Menu to Button Reassignment option in the Command Pallete.
Step 4: Click on the button you want to assign in the Command Pallete keyboard. This will highlight the button.
Step 5: Navigate to the menu option you want to assign to that button and click on it.
Step 6: You should now see that option assigned to your selected button on the keyboard.
Now you can fully customize your keyboard to edit quickly and efficiently in whatever workflow works best for you. With both custom and pre-baked shortcuts, you can start churning out edits faster than ever before, landing you more editing work and better final projects.
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