Digital Filmmaking for Kids: Editing Keyboard Shortcuts

By Nick Willoughby

Part of Digital Filmmaking For Kids For Dummies Cheat Sheet

There are a number of different editing applications that will help you edit your digital film. Although these applications have a number of differences, the keyboard shortcuts are generally the same across all applications. Here are some keyboard shortcuts that can help with the editing process.

Keyboard Shortcut What It Does
Command-I Import footage into an event
Command-N Creates new movie project
Command-E Export a timeline to the iMovie Theatre
Spacebar This plays the video in the timeline from where the play head
is positioned
Right arrow key Moves the play head one frame forward, which can be very useful
for precise editing
Left arrow key Moves the play head one frame backward, which can be very
useful for precise editing
Down arrow key Jumps play head forward to the beginning of the next clip in
the event browser or timeline
Up arrow key Jumps play head back to beginning of current clip or previous
clip in event browser or timeline
Forward slash (/) This plays the selected area of clip in event browser or
timeline
Backslash () This plays from the beginning of the clip, event or
timeline
Shift-Command-F This plays clip from play head position in full screen
Esc This exits full screen view
Command-Z To undo last action or change
Shift-Command-Z To redo last action or change
Command-C This copies the selected clip or text
Command-X This cuts the selected clip or text
Command-V To paste the copied clip or text