optionkeyMost non-linear editors know that the secret to an efficient workflow is to use keyboard shortcuts for your most frequently used editing functions, as opposed to mouse clicks.  What many intermediate Avid editors do not know, however, is that one extra keystroke gives you access to a slew of commands that you won’t see in any menus or on any buttons.  Try holding down the “Option” key (“Alt” in Windows) while you do various functions and see what happens.  You can drop the “Add Option Key” command from the command palette onto any of your composer or timeline buttons so that when clicked it will always perform the function as if you’re simultaneously pressing the option key.  I use this all the time with the “Copy” command.  Here are a few shortcuts that I’ve discovered. (more…)

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