Keyboard Shortcut mappings for Blend Modes
One of the things I REALLY miss about Final Cut Pro 7.0 was the ability to map Blend Modes to keyboard shortcuts.
As a finishing editor & colorist, I spend a LOT of time conforming editor's timelines for color correction in Davinci Resolve, and eventual roundtrip back into Premiere. This task constantly requires that I be able to compare stacked clips with each other using "Difference" mode on the top clip, which makes it really quick to slip and slide clips into alignment with each other.
In FCP 7.0, I would just map "Difference" to a keyboard shortcut, and another one for "Normal", and could quickly perform this task. In Premiere, I constantly have to open the Effect Controls, and twirl down the Opacity subgroup, and manually select "Difference" from the Blend Mode options.
Having to do this hundreds of times for conforming clips in a big timeline is physically painful (for someone like me who has had surgery on my wrist due to RSI related issues), and terribly inefficient.
Being able to map each Blend Mode to a specific keyboard shortcut would be a huge productivity win.
Mel Matsuoka commented
OMG, I just accidentally discovered that Premiere 2020 (14.6, and perhaps even earlier) added keyboard shortcut mappings for both Difference and Normal Blend Modes!
"Set Opacity Blend Mode Difference"
"Set Opacity Blend Mode Normal"
My long national nightmare is finally over!
Kevin Monahan Jr. commented
**** yeah. I loved this FCP feature so much, I wrote about it in my FCP book. Upvoted!