February 24, 2019

Finish Rough Cuts at Warp Speed with These 2 Hotkeys

Don’t spend an eternity on a rough cut. It’s a rough cut!

Oh, I do love a sexy workflow. All efficient and seamless, looking at me with that attitude like, “If this takes forever, it’s your fuggin’ fault.” (And then I’m all like, “Baby, you’re craaaaaazy,” and then she’s all like…looking at the clock…and then I’m like, “Ch. Okay, damn.”)

This little trick caught my eye for exactly that reason: it’s super easy, utilizes single-key shortcuts, and will allow you to get through your rough cuts faster than you probably ever have before. In this video from Basic Filmmaker, you’ll learn how just two hotkeys and a little scrubbing can make your work in post-production so much easier and less time-consuming. Check it out below:

So, the video demonstrates a couple of techniques you can use to move through your rough cut quickly, but the last one mentioned is the hot soup, my friend.

The first thing you’ll want to do is go up to the Sequence pull-down menu and select “Selection Follows Playhead.” This means that whichever clips are below the playhead will be selected.

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Source: NoFilmSchool