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Create Shake Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro 2020

How to Create a Shake Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro
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A shake effect is a great way to add some energy to a shot. Whether it’s a punch, a car crash, or a strong baseline, shaking the footage to the action will make it more interesting. Luckily, this effect is pretty easy to pull off. Today we are going to be creating the shake effect in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

How to Create a Shake Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

  1. Import your footage into Adobe Premiere Pro. I got my footage from Envato Elements, a monthly subscription service that has near unlimited stock footage.
  2. Create a sequence and move your footage into that sequence.
  3. Create a duplicate of the footage. You can use Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V, or hold down the alt key and drag it up to a new layer. You can also drag out a second copy above the first.
  4. Find the point you want to make the shake effect. Use the Razor Tool (C) to trim the video to just that clip.
  5. Go to Effects->Distort->Transform and apply the effect to the top layer.
  6. Go to Effect controls and find the transform effect.
  7. Go to position, click on the stopwatch, and begin the animation.
  8. Create a keyframe before the action, then a keyframe right at the action. Move the footage over a bit positionally.
  9. Now, move forward a few keyframes and reset the parameters to bring the footage back to its original values.
  10. To add motion blur, uncheck the “Use Composition Shutter Angle” and drag up the Shutter Angle.
  11. Apply this effect as much as you want to create more shakes.

The reason we use an additional layer is to make the background nearly similar to the foreground, making the effect less noticeable. It’s that simple to create a shake effect in Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s really just an animation of a few keyframes.

If you have any questions or comments, let me know in the comment section below, or on the video itself!

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