4 Hidden Tips & Tricks in Premiere Pro

Many people who edit videos believe that Premiere Pro is for simple edits while After Effects is for anything more advanced.  While After Effects is certainly capable of handling far more advanced tasks, Premiere is proving more and more to be able to act as a workhorse for your entire project from start to finish.  Today, we're going to take a look at 4 features you may have never realized were right inside of premiere.   So let's dive in and explore!

Motion Blur and the Transform Effect

For those who watched our video on creating a zoom blur in After Effects, you may remember that using the transform effect can give you the ability to customize the motion blur based entirely on the movement of elements in your shot.  This is a powerful feature that has been present in Premiere Pro for quite some time.  By selecting the Transform effect and applying it to your footage, you have a secondary control over the position, scale, rotation, and other aspects of your footage.  The difference is that you can uncheck "use composition shutter angle" and set your own manually to 180 degrees.   What this does is allows for your elements to display the highest amount of motion blur possible based exclusively on their movements.  It's a subtle effect that adds that necessary layer of polish to your video.

Bezier Keyframes

One of the hallmarks of a clean and modern effect is adding a touch of realism.  In real life, objects don't simply immediately achieve their top speed in an instant.  Instead there is a slight acceleration when they begin and a deceleration when they end.  Adding bezier keyframes adds a degree of that realism to your elements.  The best part is that it's incredibly simple.  By selecting your keyframes, you can right click and go to temporal interpolation and then down to bezier. By selecting this, you can keep elements from looking cheap and unrealistic. Try it out for yourself! 

Speed Graphs

For many After Effects users, one of their favourite features is the ability to use a speed graph.  This intuitive design allows you to manually adjust and customize the speed and motion of your keyframes in a non-linear way.  This is a great for adding your own extreme versions of an ease in or if you want your elements to coast to a gentle stop.  But many people don't realize that a version of this speed graph is available for your keyframes inside of Premiere Pro as well!  After making a keyframe, go to that particular aspect (position for example) and click the arrow to the left of the stopwatch.  This will drop down the speed graph for that parameter and allow for you to customize with maximum freedom.

Track Mattes

One of the most surprising things to many After Effects users is that track mattes are actually available to create inside of Premiere Pro.  This effect takes an element found on a layer above it and uses it as a map for what to display and what not to display.  It may seem complicated but this feature allows for you to create a solid object and tell premiere to only show text when it's located overtop of that object.  By doing this you avoid needing to do complicated masking that can be tedious and time consuming.  But track mattes have a variety of other uses, so try it out and see what you can come up with for yourself! 

We hope you found this video helpful! If you have any questions, please ask them below in the comments section. Also, be sure to check out all of our other awesome tutorials. 

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