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The Ultimate Guide to Freeze Frames in Adobe Premiere Pro

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If you're a video editor, then chances are you're familiar with the freeze frame effect. This guide will cover how to make freeze frames in the popular video editing suite Adobe Premiere Pro.

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What is a Freeze Frame effect?

A freeze frame is simply a still image that is displayed for a specific period. They are commonly used in movies and television shows to provide a glimpse of a character's reaction or to emphasize a particular detail. In this guide, we'll show you how to create freeze frames in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Creating a Freeze Frame in Adobe Premiere Pro

There are three ways to create a freeze frame in Adobe Premiere Pro: by using the Insert Frame Hold Segment function, creating a Frame Hold in your timeline, or by using the Export Frame function. We'll show you both methods so that you can decide which one works best for you.

Option 1: Using the Insert Frame Hold Segment Function

The first option is to use the Insert Frame Hold Segment function. To do this, simply place your cursor at the point in your timeline where you want the freeze frame to appear.


Then, go to Clip > Video Options > Insert Frame Hold Segment. This will insert a frame hold segment into your timeline at the chosen location.


The clip at the Playhead position is split into two sections, and a two-second freeze frame is inserted. The frozen frame may then be trimmed to any length after it has been inserted.


Option 2: Use the Frame Hold Option


The second option is to use the Freeze Frame option.


To do this, place your cursor at the point in your timeline where you want the freeze frame to appear. Then, go to Clip > Video Options > Frame Hold.


Adding a still image of the playhead's current placement to the Timeline creates a clone of the previous portion of the original clip that looks identical except for its name and color.



Option 3: Export a Still Frame


The third option is to use the Export Frame button to create a Premiere Freeze Frame from a video clip on your timeline.


Position the playhead at the desired frame you want to freeze in a clip or sequence you'd like to freeze a video frame.


Click the Export Frame icon from the Source Monitor (you might have to add this if you don't see the button on the Source Monitor - this does not appear in the Program Monitor). The Export Frame dialogue box will open with the name of the freeze frame export in text edit mode. Automatically the timecode is appended to the name.


Premiere Pro will then create a still image file on disk (without Adobe Media Encoder) and can reimport it back into your project, adding a new project clip. You then have to manually edit the freeze frame image back into the timeline.


Use this option if you need to create a freeze frame at a specific sequence timecode but would also like to have that held frame as an external image file.


How to Freeze a Video Frame for the Duration of the Video Clip


You may freeze on the clip's In point, Out point, or marker 0 (zero), if present. You can freeze the whole clip. Select a video clip in a timeline panel.


To freeze a specific frame at a specific timecode other than the in point or out point, open the clip in the Source Monitor and set Marker 0 to the frame you want to freeze.


Then select Clip > Video Options > Frame Hold. Choose Hold On, and select the specific frame you want to hold from the menu. Based on the Source Timecode, Sequence Timecode, In Point, Out Point, or Playhead position, you may add frame hold on a specific frame. Specify Hold Filters as necessary, and then click OK.


Hold Filters
Allow the clip's duration to pass without animating any keyframed effects (if any are defined). The values at the held frame are used by effect settings.



All About Third Party Freeze Frame Effects


Some third-party plugins might give you the Freeze Frame effects you need.


For example, The Red Giant Universe Freeze Frame effect gives you the ability to grab any frame from your video and turn it into a still image that can be duplicated, distorted or colorized to create interesting effects. You can use the effect to generate traditional film look freeze frames or more experimental designs.


The Universe Freeze Frame effect has a variety of controls that allow you to fine tune the look of your freeze frame. For example, you can use the Time Remapping control to change how long the freeze frame lasts for and the Composite Mode to control how the freeze frame is blended with the underlying video.


There are also controls for adding drop shadows, vignettes, and other creative effects. You can also add your custom graphic or logo over the freeze frame.



Premiere Pro Freeze Frame FAQ


How do you freeze and extend a frame in Premiere Pro?


There are a few different ways to create a freeze frame in Premiere Pro. One way is to use the Frame Hold option. To do this, place your cursor at the point in your timeline where you want the freeze frame to appear. Then, go to Clip > Video Options > Frame Hold.


How do you freeze a final frame?


The easiest way to freeze a final frame is to use the Export Frame button. To do this, place your cursor at the point in your timeline where you want the freeze frame to appear. Then, click on the button. This will create a still image file of the frame that you can then import back into your project and drop it at the end of the timeline.


Can you export a frame in Premiere Pro?


Yes, you can export a frame in Premiere Pro. To do this, place your cursor at the point in your timeline where you want the freeze frame to appear. Then, click on the Export Frame icon. This will create a still image file of the frame that you can then import back into your project and also have on your computer as a still image file.


How do you do a pause effect in Premiere Pro?


There are a few different ways that you can create a pause effect in Premiere Pro. One way is to use the Frame Hold option. To do this, place your cursor at the point in your timeline where you want the freeze frame to appear. Then, go to Clip > Video Options > Frame Hold.


Another way to create a pause effect is to use the export frame button. To do this, place your cursor at the point in your timeline where you want the freeze frame to appear. Then, click on the Export Frame button. This will create a still image file of the frame that you can then import back into your project and drop it where you want on your timeline.


What is Pause effect?


A pause effect is a pause video effect that makes it look like your movie clip has been paused. You can create this using basic editing and the above-mentioned hold frame techniques.


What is Shuttle Stop in Premiere Pro?


Like the above Pause Effect, a Shuttle Stop is like an old-school video shuttle slowing video playback to a stop. This might be a more gradual stop than a Pause Effect.

How do I extend the last frame of a video in Premiere Pro?


Use the above-mentioned Export Frame function to export a still image out of Premiere Pro and re-import it back into your project. You can then drop it at the end of your video so you can extend the right half of your final clip as long as you'd like.


Conclusion


In this guide, we showed you how to create freeze frames in Adobe Premiere Pro using two different methods: by using the Insert Frame Hold Segment function or by freezing a frame in your timeline. So what are you waiting for? Start creating some amazing freeze frames of your own today!