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Effect presets

In the Effects panel, the Presets bin contains presets for popular effects. You can save time by using a preset made for a specific purpose, rather than configuring an effect yourself. For example, if you want a clip to blur in quickly, you could apply the Fast Blur effect and set keyframes for it manually. You save time, however, by instead applying the Fast Blur In preset.

You can customize individual effect settings and save them as presets. You can then apply the presets to other clips in any project. When you save an effect as a preset, you also save the keyframes you created for the effect. You create effect presets in the Effect Controls panel and Premiere Pro stores them in the root Presets bin. You can organize them within the Presets bin using the nested preset bins. Premiere Pro also ships with several effect presets, located in the application’s Presets folder.

To view the properties of an effect preset, select the preset in the Effects panel, and choose Preset Properties from the Effects panel menu.

If you apply a preset to a clip and the preset contains settings for an effect that is already applied to the clip, Premiere Pro modifies the clip using the following rules:

  • If the effect preset contains a fixed effect—motion, opacity, time remapping, or volume—then the action replaces the existing effect settings.

  • If the effect preset contains a standard effect, the effect is added to the bottom of the current list of effects. However, if you drag the effect into the Effect Controls panel, you can place the effect anywhere in the hierarchy.

Learn tutorials

The following tutorials show how to apply effects to your clips:

Create and save an effect preset

  1. In a Timeline, select the clip that uses one or more effects with the settings that you want to save as a preset.
  2. In the Effect Controls panel, select one or more effects you want to save. Ctrl-click (Windows), or Command-click (Mac OS) effects to select more than one.
  3. Click the panel menu icon to the upper right of the Effect Controls panel to open the panel menu.
  4. Choose Save Preset
  5. In the Save Preset dialog box, specify a name for your preset. If desired, enter a description.
  6. Select one of the following preset types. These types specify how Premiere Pro handles keyframes when you apply a preset to a target clip.


    Scales the source keyframes proportionally to the length of the target clip. This action deletes any existing keyframes on the target clip.

    Anchor To In Point

    Retains the original distance from the clip In point to the first effect keyframe. If the first keyframe is 1 sec. from the In point of the source clip, this option adds the keyframe at 1 sec. from the In point of the target clip. This option also adds all other keyframes relative to that position, without any scaling.

    Anchor To Out Point

    Retains the original distance from the clip Out point to the last effect keyframe. If the last keyframe is 1 sec. from the Out point of the source clip, this option adds the keyframe at 1 sec. from the Out point of the target clip. This option also adds all other keyframes relative to that position, without any scaling.

  7. Click OK.

Premiere Pro saves the selected effects, including their keyframes, to the new preset.

Apply an effect preset

You can apply an effect preset containing settings for one or more effects to any clip in a sequence.

  1. In the Effects panel, expand the Presets bin, and do one of the following:
    • Drag the effect preset onto the clip in a Timeline panel.

    • Select the clip in a Timeline panel, and then drag the effect preset into the Effect Controls panel.

If you dragged the preset onto the clip in a Timeline panel the drop destination is determined as follows:

  • If the Timeline has no clips selected, then the preset is applied to the clip targeted by the drop.

  • If the Timeline has clips selected, but the clip targeted by the drop is not part of that selection, then the selected clips are deselected. The targeted clip and any linked track items become selected. The preset is applied to the targeted clip and linked track items.

  • If the Timeline has clips selected, and the clip targeted by the drop is part of that selection, then the preset is applied to all selected clips. The preset does not affect linked clips that are not selected.

If you dragged the preset into the Effect Controls panel the drop destination is determined as follows:

Destination type


Video track item only

Audio effects in preset are ignored.

Audio track item only

Video effects in preset are ignored.

Both video and audio track items

If you insert the preset into one of the audio tracks, then the audio effects are inserted at the targeted position. Adobe Premiere Pro appends the video effects to the end of the effects list for the video track item.

Both video and audio track items

If you insert the preset into the video track, then the video effects are inserted at the targeted position. Adobe Premiere Pro appends the audio effects to the end of the effects for each linked audio track item.

Work with a custom bins and preset bins

Use custom bins to store your favorite effects, transitions, and presets in one place. You can create any number of custom and preset bins. As a result, you can also use the bins to reorganize the effects, transitions, and presets into categories that are intuitive to you or more appropriate for your project workflow.

You create and store custom and preset bins in the Effects panel. New preset bins reside inside the root Presets bin. Though you cannot drag them from the Presets bin, you can create and arrange them within that bin in any hierarchy you like. You can place custom bins at the top of the Effects panel hierarchy, or you can nest them within other custom bins.


If you have placed the same item in several different custom bins, and you delete that item from one bin, Premiere Pro deletes each occurrence of the item from the custom and preset bins, and deletes each item from all clips that it affects.

  1. In the Effects panel, do one of the following:
    • To create a custom bin, click the New Custom Bin button , or choose New Custom Bin from the Effects panel menu.

    • To create a presets bin, choose New Presets Bin from the Effects panel menu. Premiere Pro nests each new presets bin in the root Presets bin.

    • To nest a new custom or presets bin, select the bin into which you want to place the new bin, and then create a custom or presets bin.

    • To rename a bin, select the bin, then click the bin name, and then type a new name and press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS). Skip steps 2 and 3.

    • To delete a bin or an item in a bin, select the bin or bin item, and then click the Delete Custom Items button at the bottom of the Effects panel. Skip steps 2 and 3.

  2. Locate the effect, transition, or preset that you want to store in the bin. You may need to resize the panel so that you can see both the item and the bin.
  3. Drag the item to the bin. Premiere Pro creates a shortcut to the item.

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