Controlling playback in Adobe Premiere Pro

Controlling playback in Adobe Premiere Pro

If you want to be a faster editor, you need to master an essential cluster of keys.

  • J - Shuttle Left (rewind)
  • K - Pause
  • L - Shuttle Right (play)
  • Shift+J - Shuttle Slow Left
  • Shift+L - Shuttle Slow Right
  • Hold K and then press J or L - Slow motion playback
  • Tap J or L multiple times -Accelerated playback

Nearby you’ll find several other important keys related to editing.

  • I - Mark an In Point
  • O -Mark an Out Point
  • ; (semicolon) – Lift a Selection (deletes and leaves a gap)
  • ‘ (footmark) - Extract a Selection (deletes and closes the gap)
  • , (comma) - Insert Edit (pushes media down the timeline)
  • . (period) - Overlay Edit (writes over existing media in timeline)
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Contributor Gary Adcock specializes in creating and streamlining workflows for Episodic and Feature Production and Post-Production. Gary's extensive knowledge in Camera Technology, Image Acquisition and OnSet Data workflows is regarded by many as one of the most knowledgeable resources in the industry. With emphasis on understanding camera and production technologies and how they relate to post production and delivery. Gary assisted in writing the Data Handling Procedures and Best Practices documentation for IATSE Local 600 (Cinematographers Guild) as part of an ongoing education initiative project. Gary also regularly contributes to Macworld Magazine, as well as now being a regular contributor on, he is also a moderator and blogger at Gary’s client list includes: Adobe, Aja Video, Apple, Arri, Autodesk, Sony, Panasonic, and JVC. Media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, Discovery Networks, MTV, WGBH (Antiques Roadshow), FOX, National Geographic Inc. and the Nat Geo Networks worldwide. Commercial clients include such prestigious brands as McDonalds, Taco Bell, HBO, MLB, NASA, Citibank, NBA Entertainment and NFL Films. Recent Production Work has included Transformers Dark Side of the Moon 2011 (3nd unit), Just Like a Women (2012) (data and dailies colorist), NBC's Playboy Club (camera tech), ABC's Detroit 187 (remote recording technologies). Gary can be followed on Twitter @garyadcock or on his new Wordpress blog about Technology and the Chicago food scene at

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  1. Darren

    Uh okay, weird editing question here which I am trying to get my head around. Now I am holding down shit and then left and it plays backwards. Simple. My question is, what is the actual speed of this “holding down left”? My images backwards at this speed is awesome, and I am trying to replicate it but can’t get the right “tempo” in the adjuster. Really snowing, it’s slightly faster than normal speed but I need the actual percentage. Thoughts?

    1. Safiyyah

      I experimented around and I found that the speed changes by 50% while maintaining the same audio pitch. I know it’s late, but I hope it helped :)

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