Keyboard Shortcut Reference

Action Windows/Linux
Shortcut
macOS Shortcut
(if different)
File > New Ctrl+N Cmd+N
File > Open Ctrl+O Cmd+O
File > Open Other Ctrl+Shift+O Shift+Cmd+O
File > Save Ctrl+S Cmd+S
File > Save As Ctrl+Shift+S Shift+Cmd+S
File > Export Video Ctrl+E Cmd+E
File > Export Frame Ctrl+Shift+E Shift+Cmd+E
File > Close Ctrl+W Cmd+W
File > Quit Ctrl+Q Cmd+Q
Edit > Undo Ctrl+Z Cmd+Z
Edit > Redo Ctrl+Y / Ctrl+Shift+Z Shift+Cmd+Z
View > Fullscreen (not Windows) Ctrl+Shift+F Ctrl+Cmd+F
View > Audio Peak Meter Ctrl+1 Cmd+1
View > Properties Ctrl+2 Cmd+2
View > Recent Ctrl+3 Cmd+3
View > Playlist Ctrl+4 Cmd+4
View > Timeline Ctrl+5 Cmd+5
View > Filters Ctrl+6 Cmd+6
View > Keyframes Ctrl+7 Cmd+7
View > History Ctrl+8 Cmd+8
View > Export Ctrl+9 Cmd+9
View > Jobs Ctrl+0 Cmd+0
Help > Keyboard Shortcuts F1 F1

Player

Action Windows/Linux
Shortcut
macOS Shortcut
(if different)
Play L or Space  
Pause K or Space  
Rewind J  
Fast Forward L  
Set In I  
Set Out O  
Next Frame Right or K+L  
Previous Frame Left or K+J  
Forward One Second Page Down  
Backward One Second Page Up  
Forward Two Seconds Shift+Page Down  
Backward Two Second Shift+Page Up  
Forward 5 Seconds Ctrl+Page Down Cmd+Page Down
Backward 5 Seconds Ctrl+Page Up Cmd+Page Up
Forward 10 Seconds Shift+Ctrl+Page Down Shift+Cmd+Page Down
Backward 10 Seconds Shift+Ctrl+Page Up Shift+Cmd+Page Up
Seek Start Home  
Seek End End  
Seek Next Edit Alt+Right  
Seek Previous Edit Alt+Left  
Switch Source/Program Esc  

Timeline

Action Windows/Linux
Shortcut
macOS Shortcut
(if different)
Cut Ctrl+X Cmd+X
Copy Ctrl+C or C Cmd+X or C
Paste Ctrl+V Cmd+V
Add Audio Track Ctrl+U Cmd+U
Add Video Track Ctrl+I Cmd+I
Close Ctrl+W Cmd+W
Append A  
Ripple Delete X or Shift+Del or Shift+Backspace  
Lift Z or Del or Backspace  
Insert V  
Overwrite B  
Split S  
Trim clip in I  
Ripple trim clip in Shift+I  
Trim clip out O  
Ripple trim clip out Shift+O  
Select Track Below Down  
Select Track Above Up  
Zoom In =  
Zoom Out -  
Reset Zoom 0  
Make Tracks Shorter Ctrl+- Cmd+-
Make Tracks Taller Ctrl+= Cmd+=
Reload F5  
Select under playhead Ctrl+Space  
Select All Ctrl+A Cmd+A
Select None Ctrl+D Cmd+D
Move selection left Ctrl+Left Cmd+Left
Move selection right Ctrl+Right Cmd+Right
Move selection up Ctrl+Up Cmd+Up
Move selection down Ctrl+Down Cmd+Down
Seek start of selected double-click  
Toggle Mute track Ctrl+M  
Toggle Hide track Ctrl+H  
Toggle Lock track Ctrl+L  
Toggle Snapping Ctrl+P  
Toggle Ripple mode Ctrl+R Cmd+R
Toggle Ripple All Tracks Ctrl+Alt+R Option+Cmd+R
Toggle Ripple mode and all tracks Ctrl+Shift+R Shift+Cmd+R
Insert Track Ctrl+Alt+I Option+Cmd+I
Remove Track Ctrl+Alt+U Option+Cmd+U
Copy Timeline to Source Ctrl+Alt+C Option+Cmd+C

Playlist

Action Windows/Linux
Shortcut
macOS Shortcut
(if different)
Append Shift+A  
Copy Shift+C  
Delete Shift+X  
Insert Shift+V  
Update Shift+B  
Move Up Ctrl+Up Cmd+Up
Move Down Ctrl+Down Cmd+Down
Open previous item Alt+Up  
Open next item Alt+Down  
Select All Ctrl+Shift+A Cmd+Shift+A
Select Item N 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Cmd+Shift+D
Selection None Ctrl+Shift+D  
Open Selected Enter or double-click  
Goto/Seek Shift+Enter or Shift+double-click  

Filters

Action Windows/Linux
Shortcut
macOS Shortcut
(if different)
Choose a Filter F  
Select Previous Filter Up  
Select Next Filter Down  
Add Selected Filter Enter  
Remove Filter Shift+F  

Keyframes

Action Windows/Linux
Shortcut
macOS Shortcut
(if different)
Zoom In Alt+=  
Zoom Out Alt+-  
Reset Zoom Alt+0  
Set Filter Start [  
Set Filter End ]  
Set First Simple Keyframe {  
Set Second Simple Keyframe }  
Seek Previous Simple Keyframe Alt+[  
Seek Next Simple Keyframe Alt+]  

Other Notes

Player

Press and hold Shift to skim - scrub/seek using the horizontal position of the mouse cursor without clicking and dragging.

Timeline

While dragging shot or trimming, press and hold Alt to temporarily suspend snapping. On Linux, pressing Alt before dragging will usually move the app window; so, press Alt after you start dragging.

Press and hold Shift to skim - scrub/seek using the horizontal position of the mouse cursor without clicking and dragging.

Entering Time Values

Timecode fields—such as the prominent one at the bottom of the player—do not require you to enter a full timecode value. There are some short-hand ways to enter time values. First of all, a number with no colons (e.g., 100) is a frame number. Remember, frame numbers start at 0; so 100 is the 101-th frame! Including a colon (:) makes it interpret as timecode (HH:MM:SS:FF where FF = frames) or a clock value (HH:MM:SS.MS where MS = milliseconds or any fraction of a second). The difference between the two is that the last field is delimited by a colon or decimal point (a comma in some locales). Next, not all of the fields of the time value need to be included. For example, you can enter “::1.0” for one second. However, not all of the separators need to be included - they are evaluated from right-to-left. Thus, for our example, “1:” is short for one second; however, “:1.0” or “:1.” is also one second but not “1.0” because it does not contain a colon. “:1.5” is one and a half seconds. “1::” is one minute. “1:30:” is one minute and thirty seconds. “1:::” is one hour.

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