Adobe Premiere: 5 Great Effects and How To Use Them

Using Adobe Premiere as an editing software has a lot of advantages, one of which is the number of effects and tools that are available to you. Most free video editing software only provide the basic tools and transitions. With Adobe Premiere, knowing what each effects does and how to use them is great in composing an impressive and professional project. Here are some of the visual effects that you can use generously in your video as long as it's appropriate with your theme.

1. Film Grain and Noise

This is one way to indicate classic, history and even comedy. If you have a Chaplin-like treatment, you can add film grain and noise and also black and white filter. Sometimes, this is also used for some comic and farce clips. If you want to show a retro or nostalgic treatment, you can also put in this visual effect. In Adobe Premiere, you can control the amount of film grain, noise and threads. For more authenticity, you can also add the flickering effect to make it seem like its playing from an old movie projector.

2. Fast Forward

Though this special effect has to be used sparingly, it is very versatile and has a lot of uses. Aside from speeding up time, you can also use this for your time lapse shots. Time lapse is used to show the passage of time. It is when you have very long footage of the sky or of a construction, you can speed it up in editing to indicate time. Fast Forward can also be used when you don't have enough time to show the entire process. For instance, if you're showing a how-to video, you can fast forward at some of the long and tedious shots and go on normal speed during the crucial instructions.

3. Slow Motion

Just like fast forward, slow motions are also very useful in many instances. This effect can be used to portray many emotions. It can be used to heighten drama, suspense, fear, anticipation, happiness and more. If you're zooming in to a reaction shot, you can slow it down to make the scene more dramatic. If there is a fast-paced chase scene, you can use slow it down to create a feeling of suspense. Keep in mind though that this effect is only effective if it doesn't draw attention to itself, so make sure that you use it sparingly.

4. Dissolves

Aside from the straight cut, this is the most common transition for editors. And it's still the most acceptable. Blending two clips from one to another results in a more seamless and smoother transition for the viewer. It's also a more classic way of putting together a video montage or clumping inserts together.

5. Image Pan

This effect must be used slowly and discreetly. Sometimes, editors will find themselves inserting images and still pictures in their video. Instead of having the image just pop up statically onscreen, you can use the image pan effect to slowly create movement so your video appears more professional. You can pan in any direction, or pan in or out.

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