Premiere Pro Effects Tutorial

Adobe’s Premiere Pro is a solid video editing program that rivals programs like Final Cut Pro and Avid. It has all the features you will need to edit virtually any video project, from television and movies to web casts. It also interacts well with the other Adobe Products like Photoshop and AfterEffects. One of the more useful tools in Premiere Pro’s arsenal is the “Effects” panel.


As you look at your footage, decide what effects, if any, you want to add to it. Premiere has a wide variety to choose from stored in the “Project” panel under “Effects.” They are divided into several categories: “Audio Effects,” “Audio Transitions” and “Video Effects.” Browse through them to see what you have available. Under each of these you will find further sub-categories. For example, under the “Video” effects you will find options like “Image Control,” “Blur and Sharpen” and “Noise and Grain.”

Adding the Effect

When you have decided what effect you want to use, open Premiere Pro. Select “File” and click “Open.” Browse to the project file you want to work with and open it. If the scene you want to add to the effect to is not in the time line, select it from the “Bin” and use your mouse to drag it to where you want it on the time line.

Now go to the “Effects” panel and select an effect you want to add, such as the “Crossfade” effect. The “Crossfade” effect will make one scene seem to fade slowing into the next. Use your mouse to drag the effect directly onto the scene section in the time line. The effect is now applied.

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Adjusting the Effect

You will probably want to adjust the effect slightly. Again, using the example of the “Crossfade” effect, you can go to the time line and use the mouse to select one end or the other of the effect. You can then drag that end to lengthen or shorten the duration of the fade effect. In addition, you can go to the time line and double-click on the effect itself to bring up an options dialog box. Here you can make further adjustments to tailor the effect to suit your scene. You can judge the changes you make in the preview.