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7 Premiere Pro Editing Tricks for Fast Workflow and Productivity

In this article, we’ll take a look at some cool Premiere Pro editing techniques that will improve your workflow and speed up your editing process.

Let’s jump right into it and get into the details:

1. Time Remapping the Right Way

Time remapping is a commonly used technique in both After Effects and Premiere Pro but applying it directly to the footage results in breaking its animation.

The workaround is to create an adjustment layer and place it on top of the footage and apply the transform effect to it and use that for all the animations. You can now change anything in the clip without affecting the animation.

7-premiere-pro-editing-tricks-for-fast-workflow-and-productivity-1This also means you can swap the clip or extend the duration of the adjustment layer onto the next clip.

Another useful use of this technique is when working with masks. If an object is masked and you try to animate the clip, the content within the mask will shift too. If you don’t want that, use an adjustment layer.


2. Dynamic Fade In

A cross dissolve is usually the fast way to get a Fade in effect for texts, but it doesn’t have any real dynamic to the reveal. Instead, you can turn the opacity to 0 and create a keyframe, then move the cursor and set it to 100.


Right click on the first keyframe and choose “ease out”. You can improve the motion further by expanding the opacity property and dragging the handle to the right to create an exponential curve.


3. The Rate Stretch Tool

Finding an audio file which suits your editing needs may not be that hard but sometimes it might not fit the speed of the animation, so you can fix that by choosing the Rate Stretch tool in Premiere and dragging the end point of the audio clip until it fits perfectly with the footage.


4. Using the Directional Blur for enhanced transitions.

Transitioning from one clip to the other, especially when there is movement involved, can look quite abrupt so to enhance that, we can add an adjustment layer and add a Directional Blur effect to it.


We will then animate the Blur Length according to the movement and place 2 keyframes


5. Hiding Used Clips in The Project Panel

When working with multiple clips, it can become daunting to determine which clips you have used and which not, so the workaround that is to select the used clips, right click and choose “hide”.


An even faster solution to this would be to set a shortcut for this action in the keyboard shortcuts panel


The hidden clips can be brought up at any time by right-clicking and choosing “View Hidden”.

6. Working with longer clips with multiple usable shots

Longer clips with multiple usable shots can be divided to easier access and use like this: open the clip in your source monitor, set an in and out point around the action and drag the clip back into the project panel. This can be done multiple time and take multiple shots from the main clip. After the clip has been used, you can hide it as shown in the previous step.


7. Creating a fast Lens Flare

Inside Premiere, you can create a fake lens flare very easily and to do that create a new color solid, and choose an orange color. Place the layer on top of the footage and create around mask and feather it out.


Finally, change the blending mode to screen and create a few opacity keyframes so that it looks natural.


Optionally you can animate the mask path to make the lens flare look even more realistic.

Thank you for reading this article and stay tuned for more cool tips and trick for After Effects and Premiere Pro coming soon

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