In this movie we are going to look at creating a Hold Frame or a Freeze Frame. Now there's actually three ways to do it, and we are going to cover all three. As a matter of fact, we covered the first one already in a previous chapter--in the picture and graphics chapter--and that's simply parking your Playhead on any image you want to create a freeze of and exporting out an image and bringing it back into your Timeline. You can go back and check out that movie, if that's the route that you want to go. I'm going to show you two other ways in this movie of creating a Hold or a Freeze.
Now to create a Hold Frame, you can simply select a clip, right-click on it, and one of your options is to do a frame hold. Now let me select that and explain what can happen. It's going to hold on a specific frame, whether it's the In Point or the Out Point or maybe a Marker you've set up, but you have to keep in mind that it's not going to freeze where I have my Playhead parked right now because that's not the in and that's not the out. So I'm going to go ahead and I'm going hit Cancel, modify this clip, because I want it to freeze right when these bicyclists get just under the sun and that first one clears frame. This is a really pretty shot.
So what I'm going to do is use one of the tools which you should know well by now, which is the Trim tool, and simply drag the edge of the clip so that is my new out point. I'm going to step back one frame, I'm going to use the Left Arrow key on my keyboard so I can see the image that I'm going to be cutting to, and now I need to do one more thing, if I did a Hold Frame at this point, what Premiere Pro will do, it will actually replace this clip with a still of this one image. Now I may want to do that, but what I really want to do is I want the bicyclists to come into frame and to freeze, because maybe I want of a title or talk about what's happening.
So here's the trick, I want to duplicate this clip exactly the way it is, and I can do that simply by holding down a Modifier key--the Option key on a Macintosh or the Alt key on a Windows machine-- and simply drag to the right and let go. I've made a perfect copy of the first clip next to itself except for the fact that it still is moving. Now let's go ahead, right-click, choose Frame Hold and switch from the In Point to the Out Point.
So now it's going to create a Hold Frame based on the very last frame of this clip, which, of course, matches the previous clip. Click OK, at first blush it looks like nothing has happened, but this is actually a freeze. Let's go ahead and play it back. There you go, the image just locks down. Now I want to give you one word of warning, because this is a real gotcha. If I'm thinking, oh I need that hold to be longer or shorter, and I go ahead and I grab the very end of the clip and stretch it to the right or stretch it to the left, the Hold Frame is actually going to change. As you see here, my Hold Frame, the bicyclists have left the shot.
If I play this it does exactly what I don't want it to do. So you have to be careful about that. You can't adjust this second clip after you've made it, and that goes back to the first way of creating the freeze frame by exporting an image and bringing it back in--gives me different control in creating a freeze frame this way. Let me show you one more way that you can create a freeze and then you can pick any of the three that's going to work best in your editing situation. I'm going to go ahead and grab this cycling shot and bring it back into our Timeline, and in this case, I again want to freeze it right there.
Now we learned in the last chapter that I can create a variable speed directly in the Timeline, and we're going to leverage that to create a Freeze Frame. Go ahead and make sure that you have Show Keyframes selected and under this dropdown menu, make sure that it's Time Remapping and Speed selected for our little keyframe line. Now holding down the Command key on a Mac or the Ctrl key on Windows, I can go ahead and create a variable speed keyframe and then to the right to simply grab that line and bring it all the way down to 0. It doesn't quite go to 0, does it? It actually only goes down to 1%, but that should do the trick, and now when I go ahead and press Play, the bicyclists freeze on the exact frame I want.
I'm going to go ahead and hit the Backslash key, because what I want to do is have them speed up to their original rate of speed, so I'm going to go ahead and hold down the Command key, put a new keyframe in and drag this line back from 1% all the way up to 100. Now let's go ahead and play that clip. (video playing) There is my freeze. So as you see, three different ways to create a Freeze or a Hold Frame, and I really recommend just trying each one and getting comfortable with them, because each one has a time and a place when it's best to use, and as long as you know how they work, you'll make the best choice in each case.
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