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Opacity controls the transparency of a clip. Clips default to 100% opacity (completely visible). As the opacity is reduced the clip becomes more transparent and the track below becomes more visible.

Timeline Panel Adjustments

  1. Click the triangle next to the track name to expand the view of the track.
  2. Click the Show Keyframes button PP KeyNav N.png , or the Hide Keyframes button PP KeyframeEffects.png , and choose Show Opacity Handles from the menu. A horizontal opacity control rubber band appears in all the clips of the track.
    • Note: If no keyframes exist on the track, the rubber band appears as a straight horizontal line across the entire track.
  3. Select the Selection tool, and drag the opacity control rubber band up or down or select the Pen tool, and drag the opacity control rubber band up or down.
    • The opacity value and current time appear as a tool tip as you drag.
  4. To animate the Opacity effect over time, first set keyframes. Select the Pen tool. Click on the opacity control rubber band with the Pen tool wherever you want to set a keyframe. Then drag each keyframe up or down to set its value. For example, to fade a clip in, create a keyframe at the beginning of the clip and another a few seconds later. Drag the first down to the bottom of the clip at 0 opacity. Drag the second up to 100%.

Effects Controls Panel Adjustments

  1. With the Selection tool double click a clip in the Timeline to open in in the Source Monitor.
  2. In the Source Monitor clock on the Effects Control panel. Click the triangle to the left of Opacity to expand the view.
  3. In the Effects Control panel or Timeline panel move the playhead to you want to add a keyframe.
  4. Click the Add/Remove Keyframe button PP KeyNav N.png to add a keyframe.
  5. While the playhead is over the keyframe adjust the value of the keyframe by clicking on the Opacity value and sliding the mouse left or right.

Editing Audio

Gain vs Volume

There are multiple ways to adjust audio levels in Premiere Pro. Premiere uses the term gain to refer to level in the original file. Volume refers to the level adjustments to a clip or track in a sequence.

Adjusting Audio Levels

The levels of audio clips can be adjusted in the Timeline.

  • Clip Keyframes adjust the level of a clip. The keyframes move with the clip if the clip is moved.
    • This what you'll normally use.
  • Track Keyframes adjust keyframes on the track. If a clip is moved the keyframe stay at their place in the track. They do not move with the clip.
    • The Audio Mixer level will follow the Track Keyframes settings.

Creating Keyframes

  1. Click the triangle next to the track name to expand the view of the track.
  2. Click the Show Keyframes button PP KeyNav N.png and select Show Clip Volume.
  3. Select the Pen Tool in the tool bar (press the P key on the keyboard.)
  4. Click on the yellow line on top off the waveform to create a Keyframe.
  5. Click and drag to create a Keyframe and change the levels.

Adjusting Keyframes

  1. To adjust Keyframes select the Selection Tool (press the V key on the keyboard.)
  2. Click on the Keyframes to adjust the levels ( up or down) or the place in time (left or right).

Separating Audio and Video

  • Separate embedded audio and video by right clicking on a clip and choose unlink.
  • Re-link the same way.
  • Group clips by clicking and dragging a selection, right click and select group. They will now move together as one clip.

Audio Gain

  1. In the Project panel or Timeline select a clip and go to Clip > Audio Options > Audio Gain....
  2. The Audio Gain dialogue will open. It Displays the clips Peak Amplitude at the bottom of the window and has four options.
    • Set Gain to: The gain can be set to a specific value. The value is always updated to the current gain.
    • Adjust Gain by: The gain can be adjusted by + or - a specific decibel value.
    • Normalize Max Peak to: This raises the max peak of the clip to the value set. For example if the peak is -3dB and it is normalized to -1dB the gain would be adjusted by -2 dB. If multiple clips are selected the clip with the max peak will be adjusted to the set value and all the other clips will be adjusted by the same amount preserving their relative gain differences.
    • Normalize All Peaks to: When used with multiple clips, all of the clips will be normalized to the set value.
  3. Select the desired gain changed and set the value.
  4. Click OK

If you have a stereo audio file, or a stereo audio track in a video file, and you only want to use the left or right channel Premiere Pro has multiple ways of accomplishing this.

A common a example would be a stereo file with audio on the left channel and silence on the right channel.


  • The Fill Left or Fill Right audio effects can be used to duplicate the audio from one channel to another.
  • Think of the Effects as Fill From Left or Fill From Right.
  • Example: if the file has narration on the left and silence on the right the Fill Left effect would duplicate the left side audio to the right side.
  1. Select the audio clip in the Timeline.
  2. Open the Effects panel.
  3. Expand the Audio Effects folder.
  4. Drag the Fill Left or Fill Right effect on the clip in the Timeline.
    • Fill Left duplicates the left channel onto the right channel.
    • Fill Right duplicates the right channel onto the left channel.
  5. Now the audio will playback on both channels. The waveform display in the Timeline will only show audio on one channel.

Speed and Duration

To adjust the speed, duration or to reverse a clip

  • Select a clip in the Timeline and go to Clip > Speed/Duration
  • or right-click on a clip and choose Speed/Duration.

The settings in the Speed/Duration window:

  • To adjust the speed or duration separately from each other click the gang button so that it shows a broken link.
  • Adjust the Speed or Duration values by clicking on the number and dragging left or right while holding down the mouse button or click on the number and type in a new value.
  • To have the speed or duration adjusted together click the gang button so that it shows an unbroken link.
  • Reverse Speed: Check this to reverse the speed.
  • Maintain Audio Pitch: Check this to have the pitch remain the same as the duration is changed.
  • Ripple Edit, Shifting Trailing Clips: Checking this will cause any adjacent clips to move if needed.

Breakout to Mono

The Breakout to Mono command creates mono audio master clips from a stereo audio or video clip. The clips reference the original file. No new media is created.

  1. Select a clip in the Project panel.
  2. Go to Clip > Audio Options > Breakout to Mono
  3. Two new clips will be created in the Project panel.
  4. The new clips will have the original file name with either Left or Right added to them.


Watch Full Screen

  1. Click on the Program panel to make it active.
  2. Press control and ~ (tilde), this will make the window full screen.
  3. To exit press escape.


When making significant changes such as speed adjustments, filters, transitions, movement, Premiere may need to "render" clips in order to playback material at full resolution.

  1. In the timeline grab the yellow edges of the gray work area bar to span over the red portion of the clips to be rendered.
  2. In the Program panel select the resolution drop down menu to be Full.
  3. From the top menu, go to Sequence > Render Entire Work Area.
  4. Wait for the processing window to complete - this may take a while.
  5. Watch full screen: click on the Program panel to make it the active window and press control tilde (~).


Using Adobe Media Encoder

Adobe Media Encoder allows you to export multiple versions of the same sequence and it allows you to keep working in Premiere while export is encoding.

  1. To use Adobe Media Encoder first follow the steps above.
  2. Click the Queue button and Adobe Media Encoder will open.
  3. Drag a preset onto the name of your sequence to add the preset to the Queue.
    1. Use 1920 Screening ProRes 422LT for class playback.
    2. Use YouTube 1080p HD for YouTube, Windows or to have a smaller file size.
  4. Click the Start Queue button (green play button) to start the exporting.