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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Pause Video Freeze Frame & Export Frame in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, this video we're going to show you two things. First thing is, picking, like say a thumbnail for your video, might be for YouTube. You can pick a Playhead and hit the little 'Export this Frame', and use that as your thumbnail; ah, one of the better shots of me. That exact same technique though, we can export that frame, and in our case we've got this video that ends, but I've got more audio, but I just want to pause the video, all the way over the top of it while this dialogue's happening, and that exact same thing, we're going to export a frame, the last frame of our video, bring it back in, stretch it over. It's pretty easy regarding just clicking, exporting the frame, but there are a few quirks so carry on and watch the video. Let's get started. 

So I want to add our extra bit of audio. That just kind of refers people to our social media that I didn't do originally. So let's go to, let's close down our Pug, Source, back to my Project, and under 'Audio', there's one in there called 'Outro'. I'm going to double click it, I'm going to set an in point, and just guess an out point, and then drag the audio in. You can see instantly our problem, hitting my backslash, ' \ ' key. So let's check it. "All right, our tutorial…" 

So it's the wrong level, let's just correct the-- 'Essential Sound', 'Audio', 'Dialogue', 'Loudness', 'Auto Match', we're getting pretty good at that. So we've got it, the audio is ready, I just need to extend this out, because it didn't come with any video. There's a couple of ways of doing this, the easiest way is to find the last frame. Remember, how do I jump to the ends of key areas? Do you remember what shortcut on my keyboard, kind of like leaps along the Timeline? That's right, the up and down arrow. So I'm going to use-- I always hit the wrong one, down. Down has jumped to this gap here, and like we've figured out before, one of the quirks of Premiere is that it, it's kind of gone just past the last frame. 

So how do I go back one frame? It's just your back arrow key, so forward a couple of frames, back a couple of frames. So we'll find the last frame because that's the one I want to extend it on. So once you're hovering above the thing that you want to extend, what you need to do is hit this little icon here, the 'Export Frame'. If you are using a really old version of Premiere Pro with this course, you're going to find everything hard, this is one of them, but if you haven't got that on your screen, hit this little ' + ' button. You'll find it in here, and you can click, hold, and drag it down to here. 

So we've got it already, let's just give it a click, and in terms of the file format I find the best is png. You can use jpeg, I'll show you-- I have some problems sometimes with color, coming out of jpegs, png is a nice safe one. The other thing that's probably not ticked on yours is the Import Project, because at the moment we're going to save it, we're going to give it a name. Let's call it 'Pug Hold Frame'. I'm going to call mine 'Hold Frame V1', in case we end up doing a few of them. Where's it going to go? We're going to put ours in our 'Exercise Files', let's put it in 'Project 6', let's put it in 'Graphics', it's a good place for it. 

This one we're going to turn on, because otherwise it will export it, then you'll have to then go and import it. So you might as well save a step, and import it as you're exporting it. So in here, hopefully there it is, here's our Pug Hold Frame. We're going to put it in the appropriate bin, and there is the png. So I'm going to add it to it, and because it's an image this goes on forever, you can drag it out forever as long as you need it. 

I'll show you the difference between the png because it's, it's seamless, right? Playing along. Hidden changes, it's lovely. The time won't change, and anything else won't change, so you just got to be careful, I guess in terms of what might be animating on the screen. You can see, I've kind of hovered above this the whole time, but I don't mind. Let's have a look at the difference between the jpeg and the png one. 

So I've done this one already for you, but you can see, watch the difference, you see the color difference? Sometimes it's really stark like that, like it's a real obvious change. Most of the time you don't even see it. So if you're using jpegs, normally they're fine, but if you do notice a color change just switch to png. Let's put our png back into place. So we've used it to kind of cover up audio, but you could see how you could easily use this, for picking, like say a YouTube thumbnail. So you kind of like scrub across and go, say that you want this to be the thumbnail for your YouTube clip. Just find it and just hit 'Export'. That is how to freeze a frame or hold a frame, and how to export a frame from your video, all in one go. All right, let's get on to the next video.