Premiere Quicktip: Zoom while dragging

While direct manipulation of UI elements may not be favored by NLE power users, sometimes it is faster. One example is moving a short clip or still using the =/- keys to zoom the timeline during the move.

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Instead of enabling the target track and using cut and paste, you can zoom in the timeline using the “=” key, then grab and hold the footage, zooming out with the “-” key, and dropping it at a new location. You can zoom all the way out in one stroke with the “\” key.

Drag zooming in the timeline is also useful when you’re zoomed-out and your footage is jumping inappropriately to the nearest snapping edge; it lets you zoom into the right spot.

You can copy the footage instead of moving it, by holding the Option/ALT key before the drop. Option/ALT+Scroll wheel also zooms, but controlling the zoom while moving can get tricky, and you have to remember to let go of the Option/ALT key before dropping if you don’t want to copy.

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Rich Young

Rich Young is a long-time After Effects user from the San Francisco Bay Area. His After Effects and Premiere Pro round-ups provide viewers with an easy-to-digest summary of developments. He also supplies info and links for tutorials that allow users to do things in After Effects they thought were possible but weren’t sure.

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