How To Add Keyframes In Premiere Pro (2024 tutorial)

Efficiently managing keyframes in your editing project is simplified by ensuring the visibility of effect property graphs in the Effect Controls or Timeline panels. To delete a keyframe, either use the Edit > Clear command or navigate to the keyframe with the current-time indicator and click the Add/Remove Keyframe button. For viewing keyframes, the Effect Controls panel allows for comprehensive control and viewing of keyframes in sequence clips, while the Timeline panel displays the keyframes for specific effect properties. A handy tool for navigation, keyframe navigators enable jumping to previous or next keyframes, thus facilitating precise editing. Following these guidelines will lead to a smoother and more efficient editing process.

November 8, 2023
How To Add Keyframes In Premiere Pro (2024 tutorial)
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Keyframes in Premiere Pro

Whenever you're attempting to add a little flavor to your Premiere Pro projects, one of the tricks up my sleeve is to animate properties. Now, "animate" might sound like a big, scary term, but it's essentially about modifying a property's value over time. And guess what? It's all made possible through the magic of keyframes.

Think of a keyframe as a waypoint in your project. It's a marker you set for a specific value at a certain point in time. This could be anything from the spatial position of an object to the opacity of a clip or even the volume of your audio.

The real magic happens when you set at least two keyframes – one to mark the start of the change, and another to mark the end. From here, Premiere Pro handles the heavy lifting, creating a gradual shift in values between your keyframes through a process known as interpolation.

In case you're wondering, "How about working with keyframes?" Well, you have two choices. You can either delve into the Timeline or opt for the Effect Controls panel. Both are equally effective - it's just a matter of personal preference.

Step 1: Activating Keyframes

The first thing you need to do is select the clip with the effect you're aiming to animate. Now, let’s activate the keyframes. You can do this in both the Timeline panel and the Effect Controls panel. Don't worry if keyframes aren't visible; just hit the wrench icon and select 'Show Video Keyframes'. Piece of cake, right?

If you're working with Fixed effects like Motion, Opacity, or Volume in the Timeline panel, you can skip this step. In case you're wondering

Step 2: Adding Keyframes

Now that we've activated keyframes, how about adding some? Expand the effect you want to add keyframes to, and then hit the Toggle Animation icon. This will activate keyframes for that specific property. And voila! You can now add keyframes at any point in time.

Remember, you don't need to position the current-time indicator, just click the Add/Remove Keyframe button and adjust the value of the effect property. If you want to play around with adding keyframes in different ways, you might as well try using the Selection or Pen tool to click anywhere on a graph. You can even learn how to undo in Premiere Pro in case you add a keyframe you didn't mean to.

Step 3: Selecting and Adjusting Keyframes

Now we're at a point where you might want to modify or copy a keyframe. Here, I'd suggest selecting it in the Timeline panel. Remember, unselected keyframes appear hollow, while selected ones appear solid.

There are multiple ways you can select keyframes. You can select individual keyframes using the Selection or Pen tool, select multiple keyframes by Shift-clicking, or even select all keyframes for a specific property in the Effect Controls panel by clicking the layer property name.

Remember that with Premiere Pro, you have a multitude of ways to create and adjust keyframes to meet your specific needs. It's a bit like choosing the best tool for the job - you'll find your preferred method with a little experimentation. In case you're curious about how these methods apply to text, here's a guide on how to make text zoom in Premiere Pro.

And there you go! You're now well on your way to mastering keyframes in Premiere Pro. As you continue to experiment and learn, don't forget to have fun with it - after all, that's what animation is all about!

Ways to Delete Keyframes

Keyframe removal can be a simple task when you know where to look. For those who prefer the conventional route, I would recommend selecting the unwanted keyframe(s) and opting for Edit > Clear. The Delete key can also serve the same purpose.

Alternatively, moving the current-time indicator to the keyframe and clicking the Add/Remove Keyframe button can effectively remove the keyframe. In the Effect Controls panel, deleting all keyframes for an effect property is as easy as clicking the Toggle Animation button adjacent to the effect or property name. A confirmation prompt will appear for this irreversible process, whereupon clicking OK will permanently remove the keyframes.

Note: Keep in mind that deactivating the Toggle Animation button is akin to erasing all traces of keyframes for that property. Therefore, be sure of your decision before proceeding.

Keyframes in the Effect Controls Panel

Once you've appended keyframes to a sequence clip, you can view them in the Effect Controls panel. Follow these steps for a smooth perusal:

  1. Select a clip in a Timeline panel.
  2. Unveil the effects timeline in the Effect Controls panel, either by clicking the Show/Hide Timeline View button or by widening the panel.
  3. Click the triangle next to the effect name to expand the desired effect. The keyframes will now be visible in the Effect Controls timeline.

For an in-depth study, you might want to view the Value and Velocity graphs of an effect property. To do this, click the triangle next to the Toggle Animation icon.

Keyframes in a Timeline Panel

When keyframes have been added to animate an effect, they can be viewed in a Timeline panel. Here's how:

  1. If the track is collapsed, expand it by clicking the triangle next to the track name.
  2. Click the Show Keyframes button and choose what you want to view from the menu.

Upon selection, you may wish to zoom in to reveal the effect menu at the top of the track. Adjusting the track height may also enhance visibility.

Note: It's important to remember that only the keyframes for one property at a time within an individual clip or track can be displayed.

Keyframe Navigation

Jumping directly to a keyframe is often necessary in complex editing projects. This can be done with ease using the keyframe navigators. The left arrow moves to the previous keyframe, and the right arrow proceeds to the next keyframe. In the Effect Controls panel, you can also Shift-drag the current-time indicator to snap to a keyframe.

Navigating through your project and cleaning up your keyframes can be an effortless task with these guidelines. They provide the necessary tools for smoother and efficient editing, making your journey in the world of keyframes a delightfully engaging experience.


How do I add a keyframe to my timeline in Premiere Pro?

Adding a keyframe in Premiere Pro is like adding a marker or a specific instruction at a particular point in your video. It tells the software what to do or change at that exact moment. You might be telling it to change the volume, position, or even the color balance. Here's how to do it:

  1. First, you need to navigate your timeline to the exact place where you want to add the keyframe. You can do this by moving the current-time indicator (the line with the red arrow on top). Once you're there, go to the "Effect Controls" panel. You'll see different controls there like Position, Scale, and Opacity, among others.
  2. Next, click on the little stopwatch icon beside the control you want to keyframe (like Opacity for example). This turns on keyframing for that specific property. A diamond-shaped icon (that's your keyframe!) will appear on the timeline exactly where the current-time indicator is. Now, any changes you make to that property will be added to that keyframe. Easy as pie, right?

What is the shortcut to add a keyframe in Premiere Pro Mac?

Ah, shortcuts – our best friends when editing, making everything quicker and smoother. So, in Premiere Pro on a Mac, if you want to add a keyframe, all you need to do is press the "Option" key + the "Command" key and then hit the left/right arrows. Boom! You've just added a keyframe without having to navigate through menus or panels. A real timesaver, isn't it?