Freeze frames as a video editor are incredibly useful in many situations. It’s something that becomes an important part of your skillset. But when starting out, we get asked the question often “how to freeze frame in Premiere Pro”.
It can be for a variety of reasons, for instance, you may want these as screenshots from your Timeline or even time-remapped still images that you may want to re-use throughout your edit.
Either way, learning how to freeze frame in Premiere Pro is an important skill, and there’s plenty of ways to achieve it in Premiere Pro. So, we thought we would show you how to do this with these simple steps.
Let’s get straight into it!
How to set Frame Hold settings
This is useful information when using the below four methods to create freeze frames in Premiere Pro. Let’s see how to set the correct frame hold settings below:
Frame holds are essentially whichever frame you stop on and choose to export. You can use the frozen frame to either drag to your Timeline, or even extend the duration – it really depends on what you’re using it for. There are so many reasons to use a freeze frame in Premiere Pro.
Before you begin creating freeze frames in Premiere Pro, you should decide on how you wish the frame hold to actually work.
To do this select any clip at any point on your Timeline and go to:
Clip > Video options > Frame Hold Options.
Make sure you select the “Hold On” option. If you forget to check this, it will remove any of the holds on your chosen frames.
Now, this is decided, scroll down to our guide on how to freeze frame in Premiere Pro.
The four Frame Hold options are as follows:
- Source Timecode – The source timecode will allow you to hold any frame throughout the media duration. You basically add the exact timecode for your frame into this, and this will choose the specific frame ready for you to export.
- Sequence Timecode – The sequence timecode does the same as above but only allows you to choose a point within the sequence in your Timeline. Drag or change the numbers to get to the exact frame ready to export it.
- In Point – Not to be confused with the In Point within the playback feature, but this In Point is the clip’s first frame. When editing or trimming the clip, the In Point moves with the first frame.
- Out Point – Similar to the In Point, the Out Point is the last frame of the clip. So trimming the end of the clip or cutting it down will alter the Out Point.
Once you’ve decided your preferred option, simply select “OK”. The frame hold will turn the section into the entire frame. You can change to a different frame using the Slip Tool by pressing “Y”.
You can then just drag to your preferred frame.
To remove the hold, simply Right-Click on the freeze frame and go to the Frame Options and then uncheck the “Hold On” box.
Our guide on how to freeze frame in Premiere Pro
Here’s our guide on how to freeze frame in Premiere Pro and the different ways you can achieve this.
Let’s dive straight in.
Export a frame – Freeze frame
Exporting a frame is one way to freeze frame in Premiere Pro. To export a frame in Premiere Pro, simply – select the frame you wish to export.
When selected, click the Export Frame button; this is a little camera icon (See the below image).
Once selected, a box will pop up, you will see the name of the image with the timecode stamp attached. You can change the name to something better suited.
Now set your preferred file type and the location you wish to save it to. Make sure before clicking the OK button that you have selected the “Import Into Project” box.
This will then send your frame straight back into the project you’re working on. The exported frame will sit within your Timeline but will be a different colour to your other files to make it easier to spot. It’s now ready to use!
Adding a frame hold – Freeze frame
Creating a freeze frame in Premiere Pro without moving anything is simply just adding it.
To do this, simply place your Playhead where you want to freeze frame in Premiere Pro and right-click on it and choose “Add Frame Hold”.
A freeze frame will then be created and added at that point on the clip.
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Inserting a frame hold segment – Freeze frame
Now, you can create a freeze frame in Premiere Pro without bringing up the options every time, using the hold segment.
To do this, simply find the frame you wish to freeze and set the playhead there. Right-click on the frame and select “Insert Frame Hold Segment”.
Now a two-second frame will appear; you can edit and later this to your preferred time.
Time remapping – Freeze frame
The final way to create a freeze frame in Premiere Pro is using the “Time Remapping” method.
To do this, simply Right-Click on the FX and click “Time Remapping”. A band appears in the middle of the clip on the Timeline.
Now create a new Keyframe by clicking Control (Command) on the frame you want to freeze. Now click Control + Alt, then click or for Mac, “Option + Command”, then click and drag the keyframe to where you want the freeze frame to end – you’ll see this marked using vertical lines.
If you wish to move the keyframe, you’ll need to create a Ramp. To do this, simply select the left keyframe and drag it to the left, then the right half to the right side to the keyframe you want.
Now, click on the keyframe until the grey section appears and drag to your left or right depending.
Remember dragging the first keyframe will change the held keyframe, and dragging the second keyframe will change the frame’s duration.
There you have it; that’s all the different ways you can create a freeze frame in Premiere Pro. Try each method out, and stick with the one that suits your editing style best. Like with everything, practice will help you hone your skills, and the freeze frame method is something you’ll frequently need when editing in Premiere Pro.
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