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  • To make image or clip fit frame: Right click on clip and select Set to Frame Size to make it fit frame.
  • Edit text: Graphics » Edit » then block text and edit
  • To rotate a clip: On the Premiere Pro timeline, select the video clip you want to rotate. Head to the Effects Controls panel and click on the number beside Rotate. Enter the degrees by which you'd like to rotate.
  • To change the frame size of a sequence: Click on Sequence at the upper left of the screen, then Sequence Settings. Then look for the Video heading then Frame Size. Note that the sequence frame size is automatically set by the first picture or video you drag into the timeline. See below for standard resolutions and frame sizes. Recommended resolution/size is 720p which is 1280 x 720. This keeps the size of video (in bytes) manageable.

Standard video resolution/frame size

  • Unordered List ItemSD (Standard Definition) 480p 640 x 480
  • HD (High Definition) 720p 1280 x 720
  • Full HD (FHD) 1080p 1920 x 1080
  • QHD (Quad HD) 1440p 2560 x 1440


Open the Captions workspace (Window > Workspaces > Captions). This opens the Text panel (where you create and edit caption text) and the Essential Graphics panel (where you stylize your text). In the Text panel, click Create new caption track.

See Captions workflow in Premiere Pro under Manually transcribe captions for complete instructions.

Animated credits


To edit audio in Premiere Pro using Audition:

  • In PP right click on audio track and audition will pop up
  • check out 'hard limit' tool in audition
  • effects > amplitude and compression > hard limiter

Green screen

  1. Put background video on V1
  2. Put greenscreen video on V2
  3. Go to Effects > Video Effects > Keyring > Ultra Key
  4. In menu that opens (probably left) choose eyedropper and select green

See the following links for fine tuning:

Royalty free green screen videos

Video speed and duration

Insert frame and hold segment

  1. Position the playhead in the Timeline where you'd like to insert a freeze frame.
  2. Select Clip > Video Options> Insert Frame Hold.


Scaling Clips


  1. To begin, select the clip in the timeline that you want to scale or resize.
  2. Next, navigate to the Effect Controls panel. If you cannot find it, go under the Window menu and select Effect Controls. The panel should then pop up.
  3. Now find the Scale property. It’s value is 100 by default. Click the value and drag your mouse to the left or right. Dragging to the left will make the value smaller, thus scaling the clip down. If you drag to the right then the value and the clip will get larger. Instead of click + dragging, you can click the value once and type in a new value and hit the return or enter key to submit the value.

Visit the source link for more ways to scale a clip.

Pan and zoom

Animating Clips

Using Keyframes

Basically, to use keyframes, click on Effects, then to the left of the effect you want to use, you'll see a little circular-like button. When you hover over that button, it says “Toggle animation”. See the first video above for more.

Split Screen

Adjustment Layers

Tips for Shots and Angles

Tips for OpenShot Video Editor

Tips for Shutcut Video Editor

Tips for Google Docs

This information is included mainly for working on scripts

  • Indentation of paragraphs. This is for use with dialogue in a script.

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teacher/premiereprotips.txt · Last modified: 2023/09/24 22:08 by dan