Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Tip – Freeze Frames and Title Styles

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As editors, two of the items we deal with quite often are titles and freeze frames. Each NLE has their way of creating them. Some are easy to use while others may be a bit complicated to deal with. In Premiere Pro, it has its own way of dealing with freeze frames and titles. As of writing, I know 2 ways that are possible to create freeze frames in Premiere Pro. I’ll discuss the best practices for using those more in this article.

The title tool in Premiere Pro opens up a separate window in the application that allows you to do a multitude of things. For some editors, the title tool in Premiere Pro is a flexible option to create very detailed and unique titles. For others, it can become a bit tedious when you need to create multiple titles or make small modifications. In this article, I’m going to share a tip that deals with going through the layer styles that are available in Premiere Pro without changing the font or size of your text.

Creating a Freeze Frame: Using the Export Frame Option

Using this option to create freeze frame is easy to pull off. The best part is that you can do it in the Source and Program monitors.

All you have to do is park your playhead on a particular frame you wish to freeze. Then, click on the camera icon in either monitor. This will bring up an option to export the frame as either the following image formats: DPX, JPG, PNG, Targa and TIFF. This wiki explains the benefits of using certain image formats. Once you have decided on a format, name it accordingly and choose a destination. Afterwards, you can hit OK to save it.

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Export Frame Options

Now in order to use this image in your timeline, you have to import it into your project panel. After you do that, make an edit and drop it into your timeline after the point you exported it from, creating a brief or long freeze frame.

Import into Project Panel

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Insert Freeze Frame

I find this option best when I need to send a reference frame to identify a subject, do work in Photoshop or use as a screenshot. I feel this process can be a bit time consuming when I need to freeze-frames quickly and easily.

Creating a Freeze Frame: Using the Frame Hold Option

I believe this option to create freeze frames is more useful when you need to do it quickly and easily. All it requires is an edit point in the timeline.

I have a clip in my timeline and the playhead is parked on a frame that I want to freeze for a few seconds. I’ll make an edit point where I want it to begin. Next, I’ll right click and select Frame Hold. A dialogue window pops up and gives me a few options.

Edit Point

Frame Hold Options

I will select Hold On In Point and hit OK. From that edit point on, the clip will be frozen at that frame. The benefit of this method is that it doesn’t require as drawn out of a process as the first option does. The drawbacks are that I have to be careful with edit points and that my freeze frame will last only as long the piece of footage I made the edit point at. If I wanted to have a quick freeze frame and then go back to the footage playing, I would have to make an edit point where the freeze frame would start and another where I would want it to begin again. If you want to extend the length of the freeze frame, you will have to either change the duration or use the Rate Stretch Tool. Overall, either method has their pros and cons.

Going Through Title Styles without changing the font or size

This is a tip I learned only a few days ago and plan on using it quite a bit. Premiere Pro comes with some title styles you can apply to your text. The only problem is that whenever you click on one of them, the text changes in font and size. By holding down this key, you don’t have to worry about losing your font choice or size anymore.

I have some text in the Title Tool. I’m going to highlight it and move to the title styles panel. If I hold down the option/alt key and click on one of the styles, my text will inherit the look but maintain its font and size.

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1st Option w/ Alt Key

2nd Option w/ Alt Key

As long as you have the option/alt key held down, you never have to worry about selecting a title style or your text changing font and size. This is a handy tip to know for when you start building a library of title styles.

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