More Tips on Switching from Media Composer to Premiere Pro

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Last week, long-time Avid editor, Josh Short shared his experience switching from Media Composer to Adobe Premiere Pro. While he’s generally pleased with his new tool, he pointed out a number of things that he misses.

In an example of why the Premiere Community is great, Premiere Trainer and Author Jarle Leirpoll stepped in with some suggestions.

Let’s run through Jarle’s reactions to some of Josh's points.

Quickly Deleting Tracks.

Josh found that it takes too many clicks to delete a track.

Jarle’s tip is to right-click on a track header and click on Delete Track. Two clicks and Done.

Not Having Preset Custom Timeline Views.

Josh wants every sequence to have the exact same look when he opens it up. Timeline Views in Media Composer provide the rigid and militaristic approach he’s looking for.

Jarle's solution is to use Track Height Presets in Premiere Pro. You can set 10 custom presets in addition to the default ones, and you can assign shortcuts to them.

Color Correction Mode in Media Composer.

Jarle suggested trying the Color Workspace in Premiere. He finds it pretty darn good (with the exception of overbrights handling).

To learn about the Color Panel, Jarle suggests watching this tutorial by

Selecting or Deselecting Tracks With the Keyboard.

You can do that in Premiere too, but you need to create your own presets and assign keyboard shortcuts to them. It's called Source Assignment presets.

  1. Select and place the source channels you want to save as a preset
  2. Right-click on the Source side of the track header
  3. Choose Save Preset.
  4. Assign a keyboard shortcut

Doing an Add Edit on black

OK, this one we can't do in Premiere, unless we add black video.

Advanced Editing in Techniques in Premiere Pro

Nick Harauz highlighted Jarle’s time saving spreadsheets to lower thirds tutorial in his post on task automation in Premiere Pro. If you’re interested in learning more about advanced editing techniques in Premiere Pro, be sure to take a look at Jarle’s book.