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Welcome to the Thunderdome!  Today I’m giving you tips for not one, but two NLEs:  DaVinci and Premiere!  It’s regular occurence when digging into edits that you need to either move the entire timeline or large sections of a sequence in order to tweak things.  For shorter timelines, that’s not a problem, but when you start having timelines that are hours long, like for the feature below, things can get a little complicated.

Feature Film Timeline

Courtesy of Vashi Nedomansky ACE

That’s why I’m bringing you 3 tips for easily moving large amounts of clips around a sequence in both Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve!

DaVinci Resolve Timeline Tips

Select All

The easiest way to grab your entire sequence in both DaVinci and Premiere is to simply hit select all by using the hotkeys CTRL+A (pc) or CMD+A (mac).  In both programs, this will allow you to select your entire timeline and move it wherever you want, including up and down layers.

sequence select all


Ripple Trim

Ripple trims in both Adobe Premiere in and DaVinci Resolve allow you to place your cursor at the head of a clip and push the timeline open.

It’s important to note that in Premiere Pro, if you want to use the ripple trim without first hitting a hotkey, you’ll need to change your trim preferences.  In the preferences panel, go to trim and select “Allow Selection tool to choose Roll and Ripple trims without modifier key”.  Check this out if you’re interested in learning more about some good under-the-hood settings to change for better Premiere Pro performance.

In DaVinci, I have the trim tool set to the hotkey R, but if you want, you can just click the tool in the tool panel.  I’m a sucker for keyboard shortcuts though.

How to Select Forward Clips

This is the latest tool that I’ve added to my personal arsenal in both DaVinci and Premiere.  The name is different in each program – in fact Blackmagic got a little wordy with DaVinci’s option – but the tools act very similarly.

In DaVinci Resolve, map a hotkey to the function “Select Clips Forward On All Tracks” (See what I mean?  Wordy.)  On the Better Editor keyboard, I have this mapped to T.  Then in your timeline, move your playhead to where you want break your sequence apart and hit T (or the key you mapped).  All of the clips touching the playhead and forward of the playhead are now selected!  If you want to deselect any clips, you can easily hold CTRL (pc) or CMD (mac) and go to town deselecting things until you’re a happy camper.

Premiere has a similar tool, but it actually involves using the mouse and is called “Track Select Forward”.  Again, I have this mapped to T on the Better Editor keyboard.  Once activated, the mouse cursor will turn into two double black arrows.  Simply click on a clip and all of the clips forward of it will be selected.  You can also modify this selection by using your – wait for it – selection tool.

Adobe takes this little tool a step further by letting you hold shift before you click to select a single video or audio layer (the double black arrow cursor turns into a single black arrow).


Wrap Up

That does it for today.  Please check out the downloads below if you want a leg up on creating your own keyboard preferences!