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Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline

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Video: Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline

One of the coolest and most useful new features in Premiere Pro CS5.5 is the ability to do keyframes directly on your clips. So I added a clip and the old way of working I would go up to Effects Controls, and let's say I wanted to change the scale so I'd choose Motion, then I'd set a keyframe for scale at a 100, go ahead a few frames, and let's say I change this to 150, and if I will play my clip now it scales up.

Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline

One of the coolest and most useful new features in Premiere Pro CS5.5 is the ability to do keyframes directly on your clips. So I added a clip and the old way of working I would go up to Effects Controls, and let's say I wanted to change the scale so I'd choose Motion, then I'd set a keyframe for scale at a 100, go ahead a few frames, and let's say I change this to 150, and if I will play my clip now it scales up.

Simple, but that was painful. Now I can go directly onto my clip, right-click and choose Show Clip Keyframes, I can choose Motion and then Scale. If I press the P or choose the Pen tool in the toolbox, I can continuously add keyframes and change their amount, and there you go, scaling in and out, pretty cool, right? Now let's say I wanted to add a video effect and I want to add a blur.

I'll add Gaussian Blur, drag it onto my clip, right-click, Show Clip Keyframes>Gaussian Blur>Blurriness. So now if I add a keyframe here and I go ahead a few frames, and drag it up. As you can see I'm at 23,076 on a level of blurriness, if I press the Play key from here, it's going to go to black.

So although this is really a cool feature, you've really got to fine-tune yourself to use it. What I like to do drag my video file so I can have more real estate here, and let's get rid of this keyframe, so I'm going to right-click and delete. And if I hold the Option key on the Mac or the Ctrl key on the PC and drag, my values will drag at small increments, and there you see I've got 15, 16, 17, if I let go play my Timeline, the blur is still there.

Now if I right-click on my keyframes I can change it from Linear to Bezier, Auto Bezier, I can do a Hold keyframe and Ease In and Out. As you can see being able to keyframe in the Timeline is a tremendously useful new feature in Premiere Pro CS5.5. It will save you a lot of time and it's much more intuitive.

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