Keyboard Shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts are available to AVS Video Editor users:

Main Window general purpose shortcuts

Shortcut Corresponding Button Description
Ctrl+N New Project Use it to start a new project, add new videos to your future movie and edit and save it into a file or onto a disc.
Ctrl+O Open Project... Use it to open a previously saved project to edit it or save a video into a file or onto a disc.
Ctrl+S Save Project Use it to save the currently edited project.
Shift+Ctrl+S Save Project As... Use it to save the currently edited project under a different name.
Ctrl+I Import Media... Use it to import media files of all supported types into the program Files and Effects Area so that they can be used to create a movie.
Ctrl+R Capture Video... Use it to start AVS Video Recorder and capture video from a capture device connected to your personal computer.
Ctrl+P Save Movie... Use it to save movie into one of the supported formats and burn it onto a disc or upload to a portable device.
Ctrl+Z Undo Use it to reverse the latest performed command. If this option is not available, it means there is no action to undo.
Shift+Ctrl+Z/
Ctrl+Y
Redo Use it to repeat your latest performed command or action.
Ctrl+Enter Settings... Use it to change the project and the video settings.
F1 Help Use it to open the AVS Video Editor help file.

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Menu Panes shortcuts

Shortcut Corresponding Button Description
Ctrl+1 Media Library Use it to browse the imported media files - video, audio and image files, add them to the Timeline/Storyboard, view their properties and edit them. It can be also used to switch to the Timeline or Storyboard view of the main video.
Ctrl+2 Transitions Use it to view the available transitions and add them to your video.
Ctrl+3 Video Effects Use it to view the available video effects, add them to your video and edit them.
Ctrl+4 Text Use it to view the availabe text presets, add the text to your video and edit it.
Ctrl+5 Video Overlay Use it to add video overlay to your video and edit it.
Ctrl+6 Audio Mix Use it to add an audio soundtrack to your video that will replace or complement the original video soundtrack.
Ctrl+7 Voice Record Use it to record your voice from a microphone connected to your personal computer soundcard input jack.
Ctrl+8 Chapters Use it to create chapters for your video. They can be used to create a Video menu in case you plan to burn your video on DVD or Blu-ray disc.

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Preview Area/Player shortcuts

Shortcut Corresponding Button Description
Ctrl+Space Play/Pause Use it to playback or pause the currently edited video or selected effect or transition in the Preview Area. This shortcut is common for all the windows where player is present.
Alt+S Stop Use it to stop video file playback. Every time you use it to stop the playback, the cursor goes back to the beginning of the file.
Alt+Left Previous Frame Use it to go to the previous frame of the currently edited video or selected effect or transition in the Preview Area. This shortcut is common for all the windows where player is present.
Alt+Right Next Frame Use it to go to the next frame of the currently edited video or selected effect or transition in the Preview Area. This shortcut is common for all the windows where player is present.
Alt+N Next Scene Use it to find the next scene in the video clip. Once you click it, it will turn into the Stop button to let you stop searching scenes when needed.
Alt+Down Decrease Speed Use it to change the backward preview playback speed of the currently edited video or selected effect or transition in the Preview Area. Each time you use thie shortcut the playback speed will change to -0.25x, -0.5x, -1x, -2x, -4x, -8x, -16x speed.

In case you start using this shortcut after the Increase Playback Speed shortcut has been used and the speed is somewhat increased (0.25x, 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x or 16x) the Decrease Playback Speed shortcut will decrease the playback speed gradually each time you press it until the playback speed reaches 0.25x. After that the shortcut will begin acting as Fast Backward and will start changing the backward video playback speed. This shortcut is common for all the windows where player is present.
Alt+Up Increase Speed Use it to change the forward preview playback speed of the currently edited video or selected effect or transition in the Preview Area. Each time you use this shortcut the playback speed will change to 0.25x, 0.5x, 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x speed.

In case you start using this shortcut after the Decrease Playback Speed shortcut has been used and the speed is somewhat decreased (-0.25x, -0.5x, -1x, -2x, -4x, -8x or -16x) the Increase Playback Speed shortcut will increase the playback speed gradually each time you press it until the playback speed reaches -0.25x. After that the shortcut will begin acting as Fast Forward and will start changing the forward video playback speed. This shortcut is common for all the windows where player is present.
Alt+M Mute Use it to switch the sound of the played video on or off. This shortcut is common for all the windows where player is present.

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Timeline shortcuts

Shortcut Corresponding Button Description
Ctrl+PgDn Zoom in Use it to zoom the Timeline in and enlarge the view of the added video and effects.
Ctrl+PgUp Zoom out Use it to zoom the Timeline out reduce the view of the added video and effects.
F9 Zoom to Fit Use it to return the view of the video and effects at the Timeline so that the whole video was displayed at the Timeline Area.
F8 Split Use it to split the video at the Timeline at the current cursor position.
Del Delete Use it to remove the currently selected element from the Timeline.

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Trim/MultiTrim/Video Effects properties/Video Overlay properties
windows common shortcuts

Shortcut Corresponding Button Description
Alt+N Next Scene Use it to find the next scene in the video clip. Once you use it, it will turn into the Stop shortcut to let you stop searching scenes when needed.
Alt+L
(F3)
Mark in
(Left bound)
Use it to mark the beginning of the trimmed area.
Alt+R
(F4)
Mark out
(Right bound)
Use it to mark the end of the trimmed area.
Alt+I
(F5)
Fade in Use it to mark the fade in area.
Alt+O
(F6)
Fade out Use it to mark the fade out area.
MultiTrim window specific shortcuts
F8 Split Scene Use it to split the video into scenes at current cursor position.
Alt+D Start Scene Detection Use it to start scene detection.
Alt+Z Zoom Use it to open the zoom timeline.
Ctrl+M Merge Scenes Use it to join the selected scenes together.
Del Delete Scenes Use it to delete the currently selected scene.
Video Overlay properties window specific shortcuts
Ctrl+Left Previous Time Stamp Use it to quickly go to the previous time stamp of the trajectory.
Ctrl+Right Next Time Stamp Use it to quickly go to the next time stamp of the trajectory.
Ctrl+Ins Add Time Stamp Use it to add a new time stamp at the current overlay position. You can change the trajectory at this time stamp after that clicking it with the mouse and dragging it to the desired position.
Ctrl+Del Remove Time Stamp Use it to delete the currently selected time stamp. The trajectory will be changed to a straight line connecting the two time stamps before and after the deleted one.
Video Overlay properties Presets tab/Text properties Presets tab
window specific shortcuts
Ctrl+S Save Preset Use it to save the currently edited preset.
Del Delete Preset Use it to delete the currently selected preset.
Text properties window specific shortcuts
Ctrl+C Copy Use it to copy the currently selected text box with the text to the program clipboard and paste it to another place.
Ctrl+V Paste Use it to paste the previously copied or cut text box with the text.
Ctrl+X Cut Use it to cut out the currently selected text box with the text to the program clipboard and paste it to another place.

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