These video effects will improve your titles, shot composition, and the overall quality of video, all within Premiere Pro.

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If you’re a working video editor and have managed to stay away from After Effects, you’re probably used to searching through Premiere’s capabilities and experimenting with different ways to create unique effects. Premiere has plenty of in-house effects for editors staying away from the other motion graphic programs. Here are a few effects you might not know are at your fingertips.



1. Sharpen Your Image

5 Must-Know Video Effects for Premiere Pro Editors — Sharpen

You’ll be able to sharpen the image in-camera with the picture profile settings. However, as Jordy points out in the video, this will sharpen the entire image, so if you’re shooting with a very shallow depth-of-field, most of the image might be out of focus. With the sharpen turned on, the out-of-focus area will appear grainy. So, while in Premiere, open up the Unsharp Mask Effect. After doing this, you’ll be able to control the sharpness much better.

The Amount, Radius, and Threshold will allow you to control how much sharpness you’d like to apply, the width of the added sharpness, and which part of the image will sharpen.

2. Roughen Edges

5 Must-Know Video Effects for Premiere Pro Editors — Roughen Edges

This effect is basically meant for stylizing text and titles for your next project. This tool and section of the Effects Panel is basically just further customization capabilities for making unique animations and fonts for whichever theme your video needs. Don’t be afraid to play around with the keyframes once you’ve decided on a particular style.

3. Compound Blur

5 Must-Know Video Effects for Premiere Pro Editors — Compound Blur

The Compound Blur effect is a great way to give your actors a “heavenly glow”-like aura. If you’re ever filming a dream sequence, this is an excellent, effective technique for adding a bit of surrealism to your scene. So under the Compound Blur effect, increase the Maximum Blur, minimizing the contrast of your shot. This should blur the eyes of your subject, but if you duplicate the layer, then delete the Compound Blur from the clip on Track 2, then change the blend mode to Multiply. This should sharpen the image enough to appear in focus.

4. Magnify

5 Must-Know Video Effects for Premiere Pro Editors — Magnify

This simple, crazy effect, will give you that distorted feature look, whether it’s your actor’s entire head, eye, or mouth. The Magnify effect can add to your distorted reality with a hint of realism. To create this look, simply drag and drop the effect on your subject and play with the scale and size of the magnification accordingly. Once you’ve placed it where you want, if your subject is moving, you’ll have to manually track the position of the magnifier. Also, make sure to feather the effect to smooth the transition on the skin.

5. Linear Wipe

5 Must-Know Video Effects for Premiere Pro Editors — Linear Wipe

First, create a Text Layer and animate its position moving from left to right (or right to left). Once you add the Linear Wipe effect to your shot, this will give you the standard “reveal” effect for your text. To take it a step further, you can design and create certain shapes for the text to move out from behind (that is on Track 2). Make sure the text is angled appropriately so when the Linear Wipe effect occurs, the text is revealing perfectly from behind the shape.


Know of any other hidden effects in Premiere Pro? Let us know in the comments.