5 Easy Premiere Pro Effects For Beginners

5 Easy Premiere Pro Effects For Beginners

Adobe Premiere Pro is undoubtedly one of the most powerful video editing tools. Since it is powerful, it can be a little overwhelming for new users to use.

But, that’s alright! We got your back!

In this article, we are going to tell you 5 of the easiest effects you can add to your video!

What Are Video Effects?

Video effects are post-production techniques used in film or video editing that can create a more interesting or artistic look to your videos.

By adding video effects, you can create a particular mood, jump between storylines, switch to another point of view, spice up the narrative, or move backward or forward in time.

There are two types of video effects.

1 - Video Transition Effects

Video transitions are effects used to connect one shot to another. So, instead of just combining individual shots, film editors use video transitions to connect one shot to the next in a way that moves the story forward and guides the viewer from scene to scene.

Some examples of video transition effects: Fade in, Fade Out, Dissolves, Pan, Zoom.

2 - Visual Effects

Visual Effects is a term used to describe imagery created, manipulated, or enhanced for any film, or other moving media that doesn’t take place during live-action shooting.

To make this happen, video editors usually use computer-generated imagery (CGI) and particular VFX software.

Some Visual Effects software examples: Adobe After Effects, Maxon Cinema 4D, Autodesk Maya, Syntheyes, 3Ds Max.

5 Easy Video Effects For Beginners

1 - Reverse Speed

Wanna make that rewind effect? It’s very simple!

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Drag your clip to your timeline.

  2. Right-click on your selected clip, and scroll down to ‘Speed/Duration’.

  3. You can first adjust your video speed, whether you want to make it go faster or slower. If you are good with the normal speed, tick the ‘Reverse Speed’ box and you’re good to go!

2 - Blur Effect

Challenge your viewers’ curiosity by teasing them with ‘blurred’ video content! Here’s how to do it:

  1. Drag your clip to your timeline.

  2. Go to Effects > Blur & Sharpen /Gaussian Blur. If you can’t find the effects panel, go to Window > Workspaces > Effects.

  3. Drag the Gaussian Blur effect to your clip.

  4. In the effects control panel, adjust the intensity of the blur effect. The more number your add, the blurrier it will be.

3 - Black and White

Monochrome colors can make your videos more interesting. It can make your video look more vintage, or even help the viewer to focus on a subject’s emotional state.

Here are the steps to add a black and white effect to your video:

  1. Drag your clip to your timeline.

  2. Go to Effects > Image Control > Black and White.

  3. Drag the Black and White effect to your clip, and voila!

4 - Glitch Effect

Technically, a glitch is the unexpected result of a malfunction. However, this ‘malfunction’ has evolved into something artistic and brings multiple interpretations to your work.

Here’s how you can easily add the Glitch Effect to your video:

  1. Drag your clip to your timeline.

  2. Go to Effects > Immersive Video > VR Digital Glitch.

  3. Drag the VR Digital Glitch effect to your clip.

  4. In the effects control panel, you can adjust the amount of distortion or noise for your glitch effect according to your liking.

5 - Lightning Effect

To add a lightning effect, you would usually need Adobe After Effects. However, Premiere Pro has a pre-made lighting effect that you can easily add to your video!

Here’s how to add it:

  1. Drag your clip to your timeline.

  2. Go to Effects > Generate > Lightning.

  3. Drag the Lightning Effect to your clip.

  4. In the effects control panel, you can adjust the look of your lightning effect. You can change its position, branch angle, speed, color, and many more!


Congratulations! You have just learned the types of video effects and how to add 5 of the simplest ones in Adobe Premiere Pro!

While you’re learning video editing, why don’t you check out other blog posts that we wrote about how to use Premiere Pro?

How To Change Your Video Background

Convert Your Video To MP3

Add Watermark To Your YouTube Videos

Create Burned-In Subtitles

Add Text In Premiere Pro

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