Definitely a great video. Always interesting to see how others work!!
…There are several things I think he could have done better.
At 38:27, I noticed he’s clicking the [S] buttons in the track lanes with his mouse. This guy has pretty good speed, but for any PT users watching this, this can be done faster by clicking at the front of the phrase and hitting Shift+S.
Another thing I think was slowing him up (besides the fact he was doing a video tutorial) is that he’s also mouse clicking the [^] arrow button to the left of the right of the [S] button to elevator the selection to the comp’d composite track at the top. Ctrl Opt + V does this faster, and you don’t have to chop the regions, only marquee them. Also, I recommend using Shft Opt + M instead, which moves the selection off the take lane and leaves an empty space in the take it came from. I like this way better because you can instantly see which take you pulled the track from.
Also, at 40:03, you start to see him manually drag his fade in/fade outs. This is unnecessary. Since his keyboard focus is targeting his main workspace, the [D] and [G] keys fade to the cursor positions. All three of these groups of key moves (Shft S to solo, Shft Opt M to move, and D/G to fade) can all be performed with your left hand in home key positions, without looking at your keyboard.
One last thing I think he could have taken advantage of is that Ctrl + [P] and Ctrl + [ ; ] allow you to step though previous/next take lanes. Yes, you have to take your hand off the mouse, but it doesn’t matter, because now because either thumb can grab the spacebar.
I really really also recommend marking exceptional takes as they come in. So every time an artist blurts something into the mic that grabs my attention, I leave my color palette open (while they’re tracking) and color it red.
Again, just some ideas. Am I quicker than this guy? Probably by a hair. Is he sufficiently fast? In my opinion, yes. Does he have a grammy? Yes. Do I? No…so I’m not criticizing his operator chops to be a dick. Just offering a few tips to go along with the video