Learn how to add, set up, and remove visual effects and transitions in Adobe Premiere Pro.
What you'll need
Add transition effects
A transition happens any time one clip finishes and another begins. The most common transition is a cut, where the next clip simply begins. The most common special effect transition is a cross-dissolve for video, or a crossfade for audio.
What you learned: Add a transition effect
- Browse the Video Transitions category in the Effects panel.
- Apply a video transition effect by dragging it from the Effects panel onto the edit point between two clips in a sequence.
- Adjust the timing or duration of a transition effect in the Timeline panel by dragging it to a new position relative to the edit point between the two clips, or by dragging the ends of the effect, in the same way that you might trim a clip.
- Access settings for a transition effect in the Effect Controls panel by first selecting the effect in the Timeline panel.
- You can remove a transition effect by selecting it and pressing Delete.
- You can replace an existing transition effect by dragging a different transition effect onto it. The replacement transition effect will have the duration and timing of the effect it replaces.
Add visual effects
You can browse visual effects in the Effects panel.
What you learned: Add a visual effect
- Switch to the Effects workspace by choosing Window > Workspaces > Effects.
If you type in the Effects panel Search field, effects with matching names will appear.
- Apply a visual effect by dragging it onto a clip in a sequence.
- Select a single clip in your sequence to display and change its effect settings in the Effect Controls panel. Different effects have different controls and options.
- In the Effect Controls panel, you can reset any setting using the appropriate reset button.
You can remove an effect by selecting the name of the effect in the Effect Controls panel and pressing Delete.
You can always undo a change you made by pressing Control+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (macOS).
- Switch back to the Editing workspace when you’re finished working with effects.
Stabilize a clip
The Warp Stabilizer helps stabilize shaky, handheld camerawork. Find the Warp Stabilizer effect in the Effects panel.
What you learned: Apply the Warp Stabilizer effect
- Apply the Warp Stabilizer effect by dragging it onto a clip in the sequence. The effect will automatically begin analyzing the clip to calculate the adjustments needed to stabilize it.
- By default, the Warp Stabilizer effect allows smooth movement to remain in the processed clip. If you would like a shot with no camera movement at all, use the Warp Stabilizer effect settings in the Effect Controls panel to change the Result menu from Smooth Motion to No Motion.
- Not all footage will produce a good result. If there is a lot of camera movement in the original shot, the Warp Stabilizer effect may result in a very zoomed-in image so that it can stabilize the shot.
Create effect presets
At some point you are likely to want to keep a setting you created for future use. The easy way to do this is to create an effect preset.
What you learned: Create an effect preset
- Once you have set up an effect as you like it, you can save it as a preset.
- Right-click the effect name in the Effect Controls panel and choose Save Preset. Give the preset a name and add a description. The preset will appear in the Presets category in the Effects panel.
- Apply an effect preset in the same way that you would apply any other visual effect — by dragging it onto a clip.
- Combine multiple effects into a single preset by holding Control (Windows) or Command (macOS) to select more than one effect name in the Effect Controls panel. Right-click any of the selected effects and choose Create Preset.