“Adobe Premiere Pro Default” Keyboard Layout for Mac

Note: This diagram refers to the Adobe Premiere Pro Default shortcuts that ship with Premiere Pro. Select them under the Keyboard Shortcuts/ Keyboard Layout Preset menu.

Updated with CC 2015 shortcuts!  The best way to learn any editing software is to get familiar with the default keyboard shortcuts. You will edit faster and you will better understand the logic of the program’s developers. Many professionals work only with the default layout, because it is the fastest way to be up and running on any system, anywhere, guaranteed. This detailed diagram shows you EVERY command in the Adobe Premiere Pro Default keyboard preset on a Mac. You will find not only the editing commands, but also time-saving shortcuts for the Project, Titler, and other panels. As you can see, the Adobe engineers went deep: their default keyboard contains over 300 shortcuts. Print it out on 11×17 paper, keep it under your keyboard, and speed up your Premiere editing!

“Adobe Premiere Pro Default” Keyboard Layout for PC

Note: This diagram refers to the Adobe Premiere Pro Default shortcuts that ship with Premiere Pro. Select them under the Keyboard Shortcuts/ Keyboard Layout Preset menu.

For all Premiere Pro users on PCs! If you are one of the many editors running Premiere Pro for Windows, this detailed diagram shows you EVERY command in the Adobe Premiere Pro Default keyboard preset. You will find all the editing commands plus time-saving shortcuts for the Project, Titler, and other panels. Beyond Control for Command and Alt for Option, there are a few differences between the default shortcuts on PC versus Mac. For example on PC you can press CTRL–1 to add a clip marker, which is not even map-able on Mac. Print this out on 11×17 paper, keep it under your keyboard, and edit faster with Premiere Pro on your PC!

“FCP7 Advanced” Keyboard Layout

Installation: Copy the KYS file to Documents/ Adobe/ Premiere Pro/ (version #)/ Profile-(computer name)/ Mac and it will appear in the Keyboard Shortcuts/ Keyboard Layout Preset menu within Premiere Pro.

Note: A few of the added functions (such as Slip Left/ Right) are not a perfect match to FCP7, because Premiere Pro does not allow identical commands to be mapped to different tool selections. Refer to the diagram to see where these have been remapped.

Often the biggest hurdle for an editor switching to Premiere Pro is using a new set of keyboard shortcuts. It’s like driving a different car or wearing a different pair of shoes… there is an adjustment period. Adobe makes it easy to jump in to Premiere Pro by including built-in keyboard layouts for both Final Cut Pro 7.0 and Avid Media Composer. Only problem is, they don’t have ALL the shortcuts. Enter the FCP7 Advanced layout, developed for long-time Final Cut Pro editors. It has way more of the standard FCP7 commands mapped, and incorporates unique Premiere Pro shortcuts for features FCP7 never had (like ‘~’ to maximize any panel, or Adobe Dynamic Link). Best of all, there is a detailed diagram for quick reference. Print it out on 11×17 paper, keep it under your keyboard, and happy editing! Big shout out to sports editor Brad Feig for developing this layout with me.