Mastering Avid Media Composers Keyboard Shortcuts – Lesson 6 on Tracks

This is the sixth lesson in a series on mastering Avid Media Composer’s keyboard shortcuts on selecting tracks. 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 selecting (or deselecting) tracks. Let’s get started!

Lesson 6 Keyboard Shortcuts — Selecting Tracks
Lesson 6 Shortcuts — Selecting Tracks

Keyboard Shortcuts for Selecting or Deselecting Tracks in Avid

The next several shortcuts will either select (activate) or deselect (deactivate) a track(s). In the image below tracks V1-V5 are selected (or active) and all the rest of the tracks are not selected (or deselected or deactivated). Make sense?

Tracks Selected vs. Deselected in Avid Media Composer
Tracks Selected vs. Deselected

I feel like a broken record saying all these shortcuts are important, but I find I use most of these shortcuts all the time.

V2

V2
V2

Shortcut: 7 (Top Row)

Hitting 7 will select or deselect Track V2.

V1

V1
V1

Shortcut: 8 (Top Row)

Hitting 8 will select or deselect Track V1.

A1

A1
A1

Shortcut: 9 (Top Row)

Hitting 9 will select or deselect Track A1.

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A2

A2
A2

Shortcut: 0 (Top Row)

Hitting 0 will select or deselect Track A2.

A3

A3
A3

Shortcut: – (Minus/Dash/Hyphen) (Top Row)

Hitting – (aka Minus aka Dash aka Hyphen) will select or deselect Track A3.

A4

A4
A4

Shortcut: = (Equals) (Top Row)

Hitting = (Equals) will select or deselect Track A4.

Select All Tracks

Shortcut: Cmd+A (Mac) | Ctrl+A (PC)

With the Timeline window active, this shortcut will select all tracks in the Timeline.

Deselect All Tracks

Shortcut: Cmd+Shift+A (Mac) | Ctrl+Shift+A (PC)

With the Timeline window active, this shortcut will deselect all the tracks in the Timeline.

WHAT KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS IN AVID ARE NEXT?

That’s all the shortcuts for Lesson 6 of Mastering Avid Media Composer’s Keyboard Shortcuts on selecting tracks. What’d you think? Learn anything new?

Give me a shout if you have any questions. Leave a comment below or message me through my contact page.

Ready for Lesson 7? Click here (or the image below) to go to it.

– Josh