Basic Animation Techniques Inside Premiere Pro

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Premiere Pro is a fantastic tool for video editing and the go-to software for most video editors using both Windows or Mac platforms, but an overlooked feature of Premiere is the ability to create basic animations. While Adobe After Effects is the best choice for such edits, Premiere can also accomplish basic animations which can come very useful on many occasions, and in this article, we’ll take a look at animating a text with a background inside Premiere’s Essential Graphics Panel.

Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the steps for animating texts in Premiere:

  • For the purpose of this example, we’ll create our elements: a simple text and a rectangle as a background. Click on the type tool and type your text in the view panelbasic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-1
  • Next, we’re going to bring out the essential graphics panel and to do that choose “window-essential graphics”basic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-2
  • Go to the “edit section” and make sure that the text layer is highlightedbasic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-3
  • To create the background, click on the “New Layer” button and choose “Rectangle” or alternatively you can create one from the tool panelbasic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-4
  • Create a rectangle on the program monitor
  • It will show as a new layer and we need to drag it below the text layer
  • Optionally, we can select both layers and in the Align and Transform section, we can align them perfectly vertically and horizontally.basic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-5
  • The last step before animating is to reposition the anchor point of the rectangle, and we’ll place it on the left-hand side. If you hold down the command key or control or PCs, it will automatically snap into position.basic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-6
  • The elements are ready now for animation. The properties that can be animated are: the position, the scale, the opacity, and the anchor point. By clicking on each, it will toggle the animation for that property.basic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-7
  • First, we need to make sure the background layer is selected, and then we’re going to click on the scale property to toggle the animation. This will insert a keyframe on the timeline
  • And then we’re going to drag the time indicator to the beginning of the sequence, where we want the animation to start and we’ll bring the scale to 0.basic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-8
  • Next, we’ll move on to the text layer so we’ll select that and click on the opacity propertybasic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-11
  • We’ll bring the cursor to the beginning and bring our opacity down to 0basic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-10

So these are the basic steps to create a simple – yet useful – animation in Premiere Pro and next we’re going to take a look at how to take it a step further

Additional Steps for Refining the Animation

For this step we’re going to use the Effect Controls Panel, so let’s see it in action:

  • Go to Window – Effect Controls, to bring up the panelbasic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-11
  • With the layer selected, we can see the layers and the keyframes
  • Click on the arrow to expand the menu and see the actual keyframes
  • Next, we’re going to smooth out the animation, so with the keyframes selected, right-click and choose “Ease Out” for the first keyframe and “Ease In” for the last one.basic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-12
  • We can even smooth it further by dragging the handles of the ending keyframebasic-animation-techniques-inside-premiere-pro-13
  • Finally, because it would be better for the text to appear later in the animation, we can move the in keyframe and position it closer to the ending keyframe

So now we have a nice and smooth text animation with an animated background and we can save and use this project as a template for a lower third.

We have you enjoyed this quick tip tutorial and thank you for checking out our After Effects blog

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