Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline

How to move video clip in timeline using keyboard?

Have you ever been in the situation that you needed to synchronize video with audio and didn’t know how to move the clip in the timeline? Well, this was one of the situations I faced during one edit. I had the video with some Zumba demonstration, but the sound was useless because of the loud sound speakers. To solve this issue I needed to add the audio in post processing in Adobe Premiere Pro. I was dragging the video in the timeline trying to match the the video content with the audio file. But how to move  clip in timeline using keyboard?

Actually that didn’t go very well. Why? Because I needed to match the beat of the audio with the content of the video. Dragging the video was not an option. If you have been in a similar situation here is how to solve it.

Solution #1

Using solution #1 you will be able to move the video content frame by frame. This is very useful when you want to make fine adjustments. For this you only need to use a combination of 2 keys:

  • Alt key and left arrow key will move the clip from your timeline to the left by 1 frame
  • Alt key and right arrow key will move the clip from your timeline to the left by 1 frame

Unfortunately this is not useful for long clips where you need to move more than 1 single frame. Luckily for that there is another key combination. Check out solution #2

Solution #2

If you want to move the clip by a specific amount of frame you can use the (+) key on your keypad, type in the amount of frames to move and hit the Enter key. This is particularly useful when you have a long footage and need to move quite a lot. Together with solution #1 you will be able to synchronize the video and audio precisely.


I hope that this article solved the problem of moving your video clip precisely in Adobe Premiere Pro timeline. If you found this article useful I would be glad to share your opinion in the comment section below.




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