Originally posted here: http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/3/922814
Figured this one out the other day – selecting a file in the Project Panel and opening it in the Source Monitor, using only the keyboard. Pretty basic, right? Well, not with the default layout in Premiere. First, let’s see what happens without mapping the keyboard.
Open a Premiere project and activate the Project Panel (Shift+1 is the default shortcut). Use the Up/Down arrows to cycle the clips – select one and hit Return. You’d expect it to load into the Source Monitor, right? Nope. It activates the name so you can rename the clip.
Return Key activates clip name for renaming. Useful, but not what we want.
Hit Return again. It shifts down a line and activates the name so you can rename the next clip. Super useful, but not what we’re going for. Hit Enter (on the keypad, far right side of your keyboard). This locks the name into place but still doesn’t load the clip into the Source Monitor. That’s because Open In Source Monitor is a specific command that isn’t mapped to the Premiere Pro keyboard by default. Why, I have no idea, but it’s not. Let’s map it.
Open the keyboard shortcuts, select the Panels category and start a search for “open in”. Second option is what we want – “Project Panel – Open in Source Monitor”. I mapped mine to Opt+Return.
Map "Project Panel - Open in Source Monitor" to your keyboard so you can load clips to your source monitor with just the keyboard.
Now you can hit OK (don’t forget to save your keyboard shortcuts – I save mine as my last name so I can take them to other systems and quickly load my custom setup – more on that in another post). Go back to your Project Panel, select a clip, and hit the keyboard shortcut you just assigned. The clip opens in the Source Monitor! You can even select multiple clips and it will load them all into the source monitor. And that brings me to my next shortcut – cycling clips in the source monitor.
You’ve loaded a handful of clips in your source monitor and you want to cycle through them quickly. You can go to the upper left hand corner and use the drop down box to select the clip:
Pulldown box listing the clips loaded in the source monitor. Nice, but not very efficient. There's a faster way (keyboard shortcuts!)
I prefer to the use the keyboard, so let’s head back to the keyboard shortcuts and map it to the keyboard. Select the Panel category and search for Source. At the very bottom is what we want – Source Clip: Next, and Source Clip:Previous. I mapped mine to Opt+Right and Opt+Left (Right and Left arrow).
Cycle to the next or previous clip loaded into the source monitor.
Hit ok, select the source monitor, and start cycling through your clips! I love this because I can select my clips in the Project Panel, load them into my source monitor, cycle through them using the keyboard and edit them into my timeline without touching a mouse at all! Avid needs to incorporate this immediately.