Yeah, there’s still a Camtasia logo on this. It will be removed, but for now, I’d say, just ignore it (or, pretend it’s intentional).

This 100 minute tutorial teaches Premiere Pro by way of a custom keyboard shortcut layout. It’s geared for people who have never used Premiere, producers and directors who want to learn to edit, and even experienced editors who want to use the software better. I not only teach the shortcuts, but give advice and best practices based on my years of editing experience.

Even if you’ve never used editing software before, by the end of this video you should know just about everything you need to know to do most of what you need to do. I include tips on audio, transitions, color correction, keyframe animation, rendering and exporting.

You can download images of the keyboard layout and the Premiere keyboard shortcut file. There are also links to download six short clips that I use in the tutorial so you can start working and learning right away. In the video I explain where to put the Premiere shortcut file on your computer.

I recommend watching this tutorial on a second monitor or laptop while you have Premiere open, and working along with me. This is not necessary, but helpful. You can pause the video as you go, and use the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard to backup and go forward in the video. I also suggest printing out the keyboard layout to have in front of you.

The tutorial is HERE. 

Download the keyboard view and list view of the shortcuts, plus the Premiere shortcut file HERE .  If you feel apprehensive about downloading an unknown zip file, the images are below. You can either enter the shortcuts in yourself, or email me at and I’ll send you the .kys shortcuts file.

Download the six short video clips from Vimeo here: CLIP 1,  CLIP 2,  CLIP 3,  CLIP 4,  CLIP 5,  CLIP 6. Click Download and choose Original (this is footage that I shot and used in THIS VIDEO).

I’ve been a video editor since 1996. I had worked in digital tape-to-tape rooms until 2005, when I started using Final Cut Pro. I noticed the keyboard shortcut layout seemed to be designed by software engineers, not video editors. The shortcuts were kind of all over the place, and sometimes required awkward key combinations (like command+shift, etc.).

I wanted all the shortcuts to be on the left side of the keyboard, so the left hand has access to all the shortcuts while the right hand never has to leave the mouse, and I wanted to use only lower and uppercase keys.

Over time I developed a really efficient and fast shortcut layout that I’ve used with Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve. I’ve taught it to a few people who were new to editing and it really seemed to make sense to them.

Dave's Premiere Shortcuts Keyboard

Daves Premiere Shortcut List