Adding a letterbox can help give your shot a cinematic look. Think about movies like Saving Private Ryan, or Jason Bourne. The letterbox on the edges restricts your view, focusing you on the action in the center, and making you feel a bit on edge at the same time. It’s a great effect to up the production value quickly. Today I go over how to create a letterbox in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
How to Create a Letterbox in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)
- Import your footage into a sequence.
- Zoom out the preview panel to about 25%.
- Click and drag a bit to create a new graphics layer. You can delete the shape once the graphic layer is created.
- Drag out a rectangle all the way out covering the whole clip.
- I turn on safe margins to for some guides.
- Go to effect controls->shape and go to the four-point-polygon in the shape layer. Click on it to create a mask
- Now line up the edges of the box to the safe margins lines.
- Go to the mask that was created in effect controls, click on the “inverted” button.
- Now we have the black box created. Go to the mask and turn the feather down to 0.
- Because it’s in a graphics layer, we can right click and hit export to motion graphics template.
- It will save in to your library, and now you can drag it in to any project you are working on.
With that you are able to create a letterbox in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Saving it as a motion graphics template is a great way to speed this process up for the future.
If you have any questions or comments, let me know below or on the video itself.
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