This is the ninth and last lesson in a series on mastering Avid Media Composer’s keyboard shortcuts. Each lesson tackles a handful of shortcuts. By the end of all the lessons you should be flying through your editing sessions.
This isn’t just any old list of shortcuts. For many of them I explain exactly how they work and how I use them everyday as a professional editor.
If you’re just getting started, no worries. You can take this lesson and circle back to the previous lessons. You can find all the lessons here.
This lesson focuses on everything else not in the other lessons!
There are shortcuts that just don’t fit into any one group and groups of shortcuts I didn’t want to dedicate an entire lesson towards. Well, here they are! If you see any that I’ve missed over the past nine lessons, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them in.
If you look at the image below, you’ll see the Source and Record Monitors. Source is on the left and Record is on the right. The Timeline or the material that’s loaded in the Monitor is represented by the white or gray bar beneath the player. When that monitor is active, meaning you can hit keyboard shortcuts like J, K, L, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Home, End, Space Bar, D, F, G, etc. and it’ll do something, the bar is white. When it isn’t active, it’s gray. Only one will be active at a time. In the example below the Record Monitor is active.
Hitting the escape key will switch between the two Monitors. You don’t have to click back and forth when you are deciding on In/Out Points in the Source Monitor and down in the Timeline. Try this one out if you haven’t used it before!
Shortcut: Cmd+Z (Mac) | Ctrl+Z (PC)
This is pretty straightforward. Just like in pretty much any program out there you can undo an action you just made. Keep hitting this shortcut to undo further and further back.
Shortcut: Cmd+R (Mac) | Ctrl+R (PC)
If you undo too far backwards, use this shortcut to go forwards an undo step.
Shortcut: Cmd+F (Mac) | Ctrl+F (PC)
This shortcut opens the Find tool.
Full Screen Playback
Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+F (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+F (PC)
This shortcut enters Full Screen Playback mode.
Title Tool – Center Object Horizontally
Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+C (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+C (PC)
In the Title Tool use this shortcut to align the text or object horizontally (left and right) across the screen. Basically this centers the text or object along an imaginary Y-Axis running down the middle of the Title Tool.
Title Tool – Align to Frame Bottom
Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+Z (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+Z (PC)
In the Title Tool this shortcut aligns the selected object(s) to the bottom of the frame.
Title Tool – Send Object Backward
Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+K (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+K (PC)
This will send a selected object, including text, back in the stacking order. This is important when you are placing objects on top of each other.
Title Tool – Send Object Forward
Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+L (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+L (PC)
This will send a selected object, including text, forward in the stacking order. This is important when you are placing objects on top of each other.
Title Tool – Switch Between Selection Tool and Text Tool
Shortcut: Opt+Click Text (Mac) | Alt+Click Text (PC)
Holding Opt or Alt and clicking text will switch between the Selection Tool (how you move the text around the Title Tool) and the Text Tool (how you type in text).
Title Tool – Bold Text
Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+B (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+B (PC)
This shortcut bolds selected text.
Title Tool – Italicize Text
Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+I (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+I (PC)
This shortcut italicizes selected text.
Title Tool – Soft Drop Shadow
Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+H (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+H (PC)
This shortcut adds a soft drop shadow to selected text or objects.
Title Tool – Duplicate Object
Shortcut: Cmd+D (Mac) | Ctrl+D (PC)
This shortcut duplicates a selected object.
Title Tool – Save Title As…
Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+S (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+S (PC)
This shortcut will allow you to save your title.
Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+M (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+M (PC)
Use this shortcut to enter MultiCam Mode.
This shortcut uses MultiCam 1 when in MultiCam Mode.
This shortcut uses MultiCam 2 when in MultiCam Mode.
This shortcut uses MultiCam 3 when in MultiCam Mode.
This shortcut uses MultiCam 4 when in MultiCam Mode.
This shortcut uses MultiCam 5 when in MultiCam Mode.
This shortcut uses MultiCam 6 when in MultiCam Mode.
This shortcut uses MultiCam 7 when in MultiCam Mode.
This shortcut uses MultiCam 8 when in MultiCam Mode.
This shortcut turns on or off the Smart Tool.
Smart Tool – Segment Mode (Lift/Overwrite) (Red Arrow)
This shortcut turns on or off the Segment Mode (Lift/Overwrite) (the Red Arrow) in the Smart Tool.
Smart Tool – Segment Mode (Extract/Splice-In) (Yellow Arrow)
This shortcut turns on or off the Segment Mode (Extract/Splice-In) (the Yellow Arrow) in the Smart Tool.
Smart Tool – Overwrite Trim (Red Trim Roller)
This shortcut turns on or off the Overwrite Trim (the Red Trim Roller) in the Smart Tool.
Smart Tool – Ripple Trim (Yellow Trim Roller)
This shortcut turns on or off the Ripple Trim (the Yellow Trim Roller) in the Smart Tool.
This shortcut turns on or off Keyframes.
Link Selection Toggle
This shortcut turns on or off Link Selection Toggle.
Audio Mark In
This shortcut marks an Audio In Point.
Audio Mark Out
This shortcut marks an Audio Out Point.
Go to Audio Mark In
This shortcut moves the Time Position Indicator to the Audio In Point.
Go to Audio Mark Out
This shortcut moves the Time Position Indicator to the Audio Out Point.
This shortcut marks an In and Out Point around the nearest Markers. I actually learned this one while making this lesson.
Shortcut: Cmd+= (Mac) | Ctrl+= (PC)
On various tools you can use this shortcut to jump to that tool’s settings.
Home (Move Window Back to Position)
Shortcut: Cmd+’ (Mac) | Ctrl+’ (PC)
If you move a window like a tool to a different part of the screen and want to move it back to where it is set in the workspace, use this shortcut.
That’s all the shortcuts for Lesson 9 of Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts. What’d you think? Learn anything new?
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