January 16, 2019

5 Premiere Pro Features You May Not Know Exist

Adobe Premiere Pro has a ton of great features, but not all of them are as easy to find as others.

Professional editing programs are chock full of buttons, panels, and tools that help you do a myriad of different tasks in post-production, and even if you're a seasoned vet, chances are there are quite a few of them inside of Premiere Pro that you're unfamiliar with. Luckily, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom has made a video that reveals a handful of features inside Adobe's flagship video editor, all of which will help you do your work quicker and easier than ever before. Check it out below:

Quickly, let's go over the 5 "hidden" features Vandeput mentions in the video.

  • Enable Display Color Management: Making sure that your computer monitor matches the color space of your footage in your timeline is super important, and choosing "Enable Display Color Management" in the General options can help with that. It's not always needed, though, so be sure to check out this article if you don't know for sure. 
  • Synchronize Audio: Synching audio can be incredibly tedious, but Premiere Pro has a feature that allows you to do it automatically by selecting your audio tracks, right-clicking, and choosing "Synchronize."
  • Track Keyframes: The keyframe button, located in the track options on your timeline, allows you utilize the "Track Keyframes" feature, which, when "Volume" is selected, allows you to add and adjust audio level keyframes in respect to the entire audio track instead of each individual audio clip.
  • Consolidate Duplicates/Remove Unused: Tons of duplicate and unused clips crowding your project panel? Go up to Edit and click on "Consolidate Duplicates" or "Remove Unused" to get rid of them.
  • VST Plugins: If you want to change the way you edit your audio, say, with a more accommodating interface, Premiere Pro allows you to download and use many different third-party VST plugins. Just click on the drop-down menu in the Effects Window, select the Audio Plug-in Manager, and add whichever VSTs you like. (Maker sure they're compatible, though.)

What are some other "hidden" features inside Premiere Pro that you think editors should know about? Let us know down below.     

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Here is one I just discovered on accident. Accessing hidden multi-cam source material for color correction and other effects - You've already created your multi-cam clip. Once the clip is in a sequence you can easily color match your two cameras by unlinking your audio and video, linking just the audio, and then double-clicking your audio. This opens up a hidden nested sequence that shows all of the synced footage and audio regarding that multi-cam clip. From here you can color correct, master audio, or add any other effects to your source material. Now, no matter how you cut up the multi-cam clip you will have matching cameras and pre-mixed audio.

January 17, 2019 at 10:50AM

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Justin Mangrich
Producer/Director/DP
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Just go to the multicam sequence in you bin and right click. You can open the sequence by clicking Open in Timeline.

It's how I usually sync audio because the sync feature in premiere won't let you do multiple video and audio.

January 17, 2019 at 2:30PM

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Alex Alva
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Alex can you explain this a little more... I always run up against the issue of not syncing multiple audio/video clips... you're saying this works how?

January 19, 2019 at 2:46PM

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Roberto Serrini
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If you want to sync multiple video and sound, you can use the Multi cam option instead of Synchronize because you can conform multiple video clips to one audio or the other way around. Select all the clips in your bin and go to create multi cam. Under sync point you're going to want use audio, unless you jammed TC, then definitely use that. It's quicker. Once you have the multi cam sequence in your bin, right click and choose open in timeline. Copy all the clips and paste into a normal sequence. All your clips should be sync'd and you can do whatever you want with them. Obviously its not 100% perfect but if you have clean audio, it should work pretty well.

January 22, 2019 at 11:49AM

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Alex Alva
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This explanation is vague. You should get into it deeper or do a video demo.

January 31, 2019 at 1:21PM, Edited January 31, 1:21PM

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David Timber
Cinematographer/Producer/Actor
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