Premiere Pro includes a variety of audio and video effects that you can apply to clips in your video program. An effect can add a special visual or audio characteristic or provide an unusual feature attribute. For example, an effect can alter the exposure or color of footage, manipulate sound, distort images, or add artistic effects. You can also use effects to rotate and animate a clip or adjust its size and position within the frame. You control the intensity of an effect by the values that you set for it. You can also animate the controls for most effects using keyframes in the Effect Controls panel or in a Timeline panel.
You can create and apply presets for all effects. You can animate effects using keyframes and view information about individual keyframes directly in a Timeline panel.
Every clip you add to a Timeline panel has Fixed effects pre-applied, or built in. Fixed effects control the inherent properties of a clip and appear in the Effect Controls panel whenever the clip is selected. You can adjust all of the Fixed effects in the Effect Controls panel. However, the Program Monitor, Timeline panel, and Audio Mixer also provide controls that are often easier to use. The Fixed effects include the following:
Includes properties that allow you to animate, rotate, and scale your clips, adjust their anti-flicker property, or composite them with other clips. (To adjust the Motion effect in the Program Monitor, see Adjust position, scale, and rotation and Animate motion in the Program Monitor.)
Lets you reduce the opacity of a clip for use in such effects as overlays, fades, and dissolves.
Lets you slow down, speed up, or reverse playback, or freeze a frame, for any part of a clip. Provides fine control for the acceleration or deceleration of these changes.
Controls the volume for any clip that contains audio. (For information about adjusting the Volume effect, see Adjust volume with keyframes, Adjust volume in Effect Controls, Set track volume in the Audio Mixer, Adjusting gain and volume, Normalize one or more clips, and Normalize the Master track.)
Because Fixed effects are already built in to each clip, you need only adjust their properties to activate them.
Premiere Pro renders Fixed effects after any Standard effects that are applied to the clip. Standard effects are rendered in the order in which they appear, from the top down. You can change the order of Standard effects by dragging them to a new position in the Effect Controls panel, but you can’t reorder Fixed effects.
If you want to change the render order of Fixed effects, use Standard effects instead. Use the Transform effect in place of the Motion effect. Use the Alpha Adjust effect in place of the Opacity effect, and the Volume effect in place of the fixed Volume effect. While these effects are not identical to the Fixed effects, their properties are equivalent.
Standard effects are additional effects that you must first apply to a clip to create a desired result. You can apply any number or combination of Standard effects to any clip in a sequence. Use Standard effects to add special characteristics or to edit your video, such as adjusting tone or trimming pixels. Premiere Pro includes many video and audio effects, which are located in the Effects panel. Standard effects must be applied to a clip and then adjusted in the Effect Controls panel. Certain video effects allow direct manipulation using handles in the Program Monitor. All Standard effect properties can be animated over time using keyframing and changing the shape of the graphs in the Effect Controls panel. The smoothness or speed of the effect animation can be fine-tuned by adjusting the shape of Bezier curves in the Effect Controls panel.
The effects listed in the Effects panel depend on the actual effect files in the language subfolder of the Premiere Pro Plug-ins folder. You can expand the repertoire of effects by adding compatible Adobe plug-in files or plug-in packages available through other third-party developers.
All video effects—both Fixed and Standard effects—are clip-based. They alter individual clips. You can apply a clip-based effect to more than one clip at a time by creating a nested sequence.
Audio effects can be applied to either clips or to tracks. To apply track-based effects, use the Audio Mixer. If you add keyframes to the effect, you can then adjust the effect either in the Audio Mixer or a Timeline panel.
In addition to the dozens of effects included with Premiere Pro, many effects are available in the form of plug-ins. You can purchase plug-ins from Adobe or third-party vendors, or acquire from other compatible applications. For example, many Adobe After Effects plug-ins and VST plug-ins can be used in Premiere Pro. However, Adobe officially supports only plug-ins that are installed with the application.
Any effect is available to Premiere Pro when its plug-in file is present in the common Plug-ins folder:
(Windows) Program Files\Adobe\Common\Plug-ins\<version>\MediaCore
(Mac OS) /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Common/Plug-ins/<version>/MediaCore
Using the installer for a plug-in is the best way to make sure the plug-in and its related files are installed in the right place.
When you open a project with references to missing effects, Premiere Pro does the following:
tells you which effects are missing
marks the effects as offline
performs any rendering without the effects
For a current list of third-party plug-ins, see the Adobe website.
To edit a project containing add-on plug-ins on more than one computer, install the plug-ins on all the computers.
Some effects can take advantage of the processing power of a certified graphics card to accelerate rendering. This acceleration of effects using CUDA technology is a component of the high-performance Mercury playback engine in Premiere Pro.
For Premiere Pro system requirements, including a list of graphics cards that are certified as providing CUDA acceleration of effects in Premiere Pro, see the Adobe website.
On Mac OS, CUDA acceleration features require Mac OS X v10.6.3 or later.
Here is a list of the effects and transitions that can be accelerated by CUDA in Adobe Premiere Pro.
Black & White
Brightness & Contrast
Color Balance (RGB)
Color Pass (Windows only)
Eight-Point Garbage Matte
Fast Color Corrector
Four-Point Garbage Matte
Garbage Matte (4, 8, 16)
RGB Color Corrector
Sixteen-Point Garbage Matte
Three-way Color Corrector
Track Matte Key
Here is a list of the additional effects and transitions that can be accelerated by CUDA in Adobe Premiere Pro.
Premiere Pro includes some video effects and transitions that support high-bit-depth processing. When applied to high-bit-depth assets, such as v210-format video and 16-bit-per-channel (bpc) Photoshop files, these effects can be rendered with 32bpc pixels. The result is better color resolution and smoother color gradients with these assets than would be possible with the earlier standard 8 bit per channel pixels. A 32-bpc badge appears to the right of the effect name in the Effects panel for each high-bit-depth effect.
To enable high-bit-depth rendering for these effects, select the Maximum Bit Depth video rendering option in the New Sequence dialog box.
For instructions on filtering the effects in the Effects panel so that you can easily find high-bit-depth effects. See Filter effects by type.
32-bpc effects render at 32 bits per channel only when every effect in the render pipeline is a 32-bpc effect. If you place an 8-bpc effect into a sequence that contains a 32-bpc effect, Premiere Pro renders all the effects in the sequence at 8 bits.