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  • Way to Select clip using keyboard shortcut?

  • John Stanowski

    November 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Is there a way to use only keys to select clips?
    For example:
    I’m cutting up a long clip in a sequence. I just used Cmd+K to make a cut. I’d like to use a keyboard shortcut to SELECT the resulting clip immediately to the left or right so I can hit Delete.

    Having to hit V and then move to select the clip with a click takes up a lot of time in the long run.


    2009 Intel MacPro
    8 cores
    16gig ram
    Snow Leopard (up-to-date)
    Adobe Master Collection CS4 & CS5

  • ben g unguren

    November 12, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Try using the I and O keys to set in and out points on your timeline, then you can either Lift or Extract the footage that is in that range. For me, the page-up/page-down keys plus I/O plus ; and ‘ (semi-colon and apostrophe) for Lift and Extract is a quick, hotkey-driven way to work through a rough edit.

    Ben Unguren
    Motion Graphics & Editing

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  • John Stanowski

    November 13, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Sound good, thanks, I’ll give it a try!

    2009 Intel MacPro
    8 cores
    16gig ram
    Snow Leopard (up-to-date)
    Adobe Master Collection CS4 & CS5

  • Matthew Turner

    September 21, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I know this was forever ago, but in order to help those that have stumbled upon this thread looking for the same answer:

    My workflow (and I can’t remember if I changed the default shortcut keys or not but you can find them in the settings on your own) is to”

    1. Activate the track that the required clip is on for the cut (Toggle target video/audio tracks).
    2. Use Cmd-K to place an edit point on that clip.
    3. Then hit D to select the clip directly in front of the playhead.
    4. Then lift or extract as you see fit (Delete or Forward Delete).
    5 If you need to select the clip behind the playhead, hit Cmd-Up (or whatever you chose as your shortcut for the Select Previous Clip shortcut). Then Lift or Extract as needed.

    Keyboard shortcuts needed. (These may need to be mapped by the user).
    Toggle target Video 1 (2,3, etc.): 1 (2,3, etc.)
    Toggle target Audio track 1 (2,3, etc.): Ctrl-1 (2,3,etc.)
    Select Clip (at playhead): D
    Select Next Clip: Cmd-Down
    Select Previous Clip: Cmd-Up

    Deselect All Clips: Cmd-D

  • Trav Williams

    January 18, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Yes! Thank you; the “D” was my missing link there. Now I don’t have to click anything with the mouse anymore. Thanks!

    My process in cutting up a long interview/narrative piece on a Mac:

    -Interview into Sequence
    -Touch up color and brightness, etc.
    -Touch up audio in Audition
    -play through, hitting command-K to cut the end of phrases or pauses
    -arrow left if I want to delete the thing I just heard
    -“shift-delete” to remove it entirely.


    -play through, command-K to cut the beginning of a pause
    -“Q” when I reach the end of a pause, which does all of the above, deleting back to my last cut.

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