A keyboard shortcut to activate motion handles around a clip for moving/scaling
When I'm using Premiere for basic animation, it becomes frustrating to click the clip, open the effects tab, click the square next to "Motion," and then start moving the image or clip around the frame, over and over again.
If there was a way to just select the clip/image in the timeline and hit a button – instant access to move it around the frame – that would be amazing.
James Lett commented
Finally found the control! Create a keyboard shortcut for "Activate Direct Manipulation in Program Monitor".
To make it work, you need to have just selected the clip, then use the shortcut. If you've already selected the clip for some other reason, the shortcut doesn't work.
Pierre Louis Beranek commented
Fully agree! Having to click on 'Motion' in the EC window is utter nonsense and a complete waste of time. It's as if Photoshop didn't have direct selection, which would grind productivity to a halt when editing pictures. PLEASE fix this Adobe! Fix current features rather than add fancy new features less than 1% of editors ever use.
@davidK - Double clicking in the Program Monitor is not good enough. There are many situations where it doesn't work. Overlapping clips, disabled clips, transparent/translucent clips, adjustment layers...
Your method, as described, doesn't even work. Premiere always selects what it believes is the top-most clip, when you double click in the program monitor. It will change your selection if you have anything selected. A shortcut is faster and more accurate anyway.
Does double-clicking on the program monitor image do anything to speed up your workflow? If you have a picture in picture effect, you can park the playhead on the composited clips, then select the bottom layer on say V1, then double-click its image in the Program monitor to activate the direct manipulation controls and move or rescale the image. Select the PIP clip in the Timeline, then double-click on it in the Program monitor and it will activate its direct manipulation controls.
Also, check out Unique ID 196 in my spreadsheet. Very similar idea: The crop handles are automatically highlighted when you apply the crop effect. I have an AHK script that does this.
I believe that it is called the "transform icon."
This is unique ID 8.10 on my spreadsheet.
I've linked to this page from there.
I already have this feature, thanks to AHK. It only doesn't work for motion graphics. It's quite stable. But you need to know a bit of scripting.
YES we need this, as well as a hotkey to hide the frame markers/anchor point. Same goes with masks