Create an intro sequence in Premiere Pro

Learn how to mask a subject and animate a still frame as an opening credit or intro sequence used in soaps. Watch the Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial video.

This week we’ll experiment again with Adobe Premiere Pro as we’re creating an intro sequence to introduce the actors before the film or series starts. What’s so special about this tutorial is that we do everything inside Premiere Pro.

We’ll start by masking out the actress as we like to have her come loose from the background. This creates a parallax effects which adds more dynamics as the clip will turn into a still with the frame hold option.

Once the subject is cut out, we can add a stroke around it. Unlike After Effects, we can’t search for a stroke or edge effect in the library. We need to use the ‘Paint Bucket’ and change several settings to make it act like a proper stroke around the newly created transparent layer.

In the next step we’ll animate a slight scale movement on the actress and add a name tag next to her. As we have two layers, we can animate the name tag from behind her. Always make sure to create smooth keyframes (with ease in/out) and add a motion blur to it.

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    • The project was created in a later version. I believe CC 2015.3. You can upgrade via the creative cloud application. The latest version is CC 2017

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  1. I am trying to reproduce the paint bucket effect but on a still image (jpg) and it does not work.
    Is it something that only works on video sequence ?

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  2. hey, I need a help here,, everything when smooth as I following the tutorials until nesting the clip after masking it. my problem is that after giving the effect paint bucket, I can’t see the stroke, Ive already made it to transparant for the filling selector and stroke for the stroke, and the stroke number is also more than 3. but btw I’ve just figured it out. so Im not using transparancy but “alpha channel” for filling selector. why does it so?

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