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Opacity in Adobe Premiere Pro

This page shows you how to adjust the video opacity settings in Adobe Premiere to create various transparency and overlay effects.


Setting the Opacity of a Clip

Every video track in a Premiere project has an opacity setting. By default this is 100%, i.e. completely opaque (visible). As you reduce the opacity of a track, it becomes more transparent and the track below becomes more visible. If there is no underlying track, the black background becomes visible.

The example below uses two video clips — a shot of a house and a shot of a person (Dave). The "House" clip is on Video Track 1 and the "Dave" clip is on Video Track 2:

At this stage both tracks are 100% opaque, so you only see the top one (Dave). We need to reduce Dave's opacity to see the house underneath. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Use the Effects Controls panel in the monitor window.
  2. Use the opacity handles in the timeline window.

(1) The Effects Control Window

The Effects Controls Window

(2) Opacity Handles

Timeline with opacity handles showing

30% opacity setting

The example on the right shows the opacity set to 30%.

Remember, at this stage the opacity is a constant 30% for the duration of the clip. If you want the opacity to change during the clip, proceed to the next page...

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