Deselect all tracks shortcut
Pasting a copied selection requires that all tracks are enabled (or disabled) to ensure that clips end up on the tracks they were copied from.
Even when you DO want to paste onto specific tracks PP requires you to look at the UI to determine what tracks are selected (as they can only be toggled with keystrokes)
In other NLEs it is possible to ‘deselect all timeline tracks’ with one keystroke -then toggle the tracks required on. Thus it can be done without looking at UI.
In PP* there is a ‘toggle all’ shortcut for video, and one for audio. But this means
a. You have to know current state and
b. It’s at least 2 keystrokes to toggle both either on or off.
So a shortcut for ‘deselect all timeline tracks’ and ‘select all timeline tracks’ PREFERABLY without requiring timeline to have focus please.
Bonus for the same for the source side
- Problem with using keystroke to ensure that timeline has focus is that if it already had focus it will switch to the next timeline tab, if it exists. See request for ‘Make timeline focus and next timeline tab 2 seperate shortcuts’
James Clark commented
Hey Trevor, they still haven't implemented your request but I don't know if you're aware that at least as of now, the toggle all target video tracks and toggle all target audio tracks and also the toggle all source counterparts do work with source monitor focussed and program monitor focussed. This is handy at least for using those toggles as the next best thing for deselect/select all target/source tracks commands, it's also possible to map 'toggle source/program monitor focus' to a keycommand so that you can shift focus states without accidentally changing timeline tabs. Interestingly, this command has some odd behaviour where if you were using the source monitor before you pressed the command it focusses on the program monitor as expected, and if you were using the program monitor first before you pressed the command it focusses on the source monitor as expected, BUT but if you were using the program monitor, then switched manually to the timeline and THEN pressed the 'toggle source/program monitor focus' button, it will switch from timeline to program which is odd and can lead to confusion since you would think the timeline counted as program and expect to switch to source as is indeed the usual behaviour when starting from the timeline.
Thank you Ivan - that's perfect. Made my day!
Sir Ivan commented
you will need to create 2 user commands,
Target All command will consist of these ones:
- "target video tracks", Target All tracks option
- "target audio tracks", Target All tracks option
un-Target All command will consist of these ones:
- "target video tracks", un-Target All tracks option
- "target audio tracks", un-Target All tracks option
here is an explanations what is User Command:
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Sir Ivan - re: Excalibur. I've purchased Excalibur based on your comment about this functionality, but can't seem to achieve it. All I seem to be able to do it assign a shortcut to a "target video tracks" (or audio tracks) menu, in which targeting all video is a selectable option. What Trevor was asking for was a single shortcut to target all video and audio tracks, and another single shortcut to untarget all video and audio tracks. Can you assist?
Sir Ivan commented
Excalibur 1.1.3 now have such command ;)
This 100%. For any Adobe developers reading, this is the number 1 reason I don't recommend productions use Premiere Pro over Avid, despite PP's many advantages. (For what it's worth, the only other big reason is Avid's trim mode, esp. asymmetrical trimming. Fix these two things, and I'd push for PP over Avid every time).
Jonah Walker commented
James Clark commented
I do my best with toggle all video and toggle all audio but I so frequently find myself switching them to the wrong state or getting confused between the 2 and having to do it a couple of times over that I suspect I'm probably more often better off using the mouse plus shift key on track controls on the timeline. I would really love a deselect all tracks button.
I see the logic in having toggles for each, I can actually think of very few situations where that's ever what I've actually intended to do and thousands of situations every day where selecting/deselecting ALL tracks is what I wanted.
This plus the command being localised to either source/record side depending on which is active, in combination with auto-patching would be great. It's nice to cut bits of one complex sequence in to another by placing one in to the source monitor and while source is active, deselecting all source tracks and then with the number keys choosing the specific tracks you want to insert and then switching to program side and doing the same again but now pressing the numbers for the tracks you want to target and the auto patching automatically matches them together.
Trevor Asquerthian commented
The other problem I have with the 'toggle' shortcuts is that they REQUIRE the source or timeline panes be selected - they do not work if program monitor is selected. These kind of keystrokes shouldn't be pane specific - they should be global.