Premiere Pro RGB Transition Effect

Premiere Pro Tips & Tricks

Premiere Pro is a powerful video editing software, made for creating high-quality footage edits and dazzling effects. We’ll be combining two effects in the program to create a cool RGB transition effect between three clips. It’s a pretty yet simple effect that effortlessly moves from one clip to another.

Getting the Project Files

  1. Download the project files.
  2. After the download has finished, be sure to unzip the file if it hasn’t been done for you. You should end up with a Premiere Pro RGB Transition Effect folder.

Project Overview

We’ll be first carefully cutting up parts of our clips with the Razor Tool, then making Nested Sequences from the pieces. After that, we’ll be applying the Levels effect to both new sequences, then the Channel Blur as well. Finally, we’ll be adjusting some keyframes on the effects, and it’ll be done!


1. Move the Playhead to 00;00;02;12.

2. Now, with Shift held down, hit the left arrow key four times to move back a total of twenty frames to 00;00;01;17.

3. Hit C to bring up the Razor Tool .

4. Click right on where the Playhead line touches the footage line to chop the footage there.

5. Now either slide the Playhead  or use Shift-right arrow key to move the Playhead to 00;00;03;07.

6. With the Razor Tool  still in use, click on the intersection of the Playhead  line and footage to cut another piece off.

7. Hit V for the Selection  tool.

8. Shift-Click on both footage slices you just cut off.

9. Right-click on either.

10. Click on Nest in the list that pops up. This will take both footage clips and combine them in a new clip together, side by side.

11. Name your new sequence RBG Transition 1.

12. Hit OK.

13. Now let’s move the Playhead to 00;00;5;16.

14. Shift-left arrow key to move the Playhead three times to 00;00;05;01.

15. Hit C to use the Razor Tool .

16. Click on the intersection of the Playhead and the footage to slice it.

17. Now let’s Shift-right arrow key six times to go to 00;00;06;06.

18. Hit C once again to use the Razor Tool .

19. Click on the footage where the Playhead intersects it for the last piece.

20. Press V to activate the Selection tool.

21. Shift-Click both new pieces.

22. Right-click on either.

23. Select Nest.

24. Name the new sequence RGB Transition 2.

25. Click OK. We have our two Nested Sequences! Onto applying the effects.

Effect Settings

1. Go over to the Effects panel on the left.

2. Type in Levels.

3. Click and drag the name Levels that show up onto RGB Transition 1.

4. Click and drag Levels onto RGB Transition 2.

5. Now type in Channel Blur.

6. Click and drag Channel Blur onto RGB Transition 1.

7. And of course, click and drag Channel Blur onto RGB Transition 2.

8. Select  RGB Transition 1.

9. In the top left there should be an Effects panel.

10. Move the Playhead to 00;00;01;16.

11. In the (RGB) White Input Levels, click the stopwatch  symbol. This will set a keyframe.

12. Move the Playhead to 00;00;02;11.

13. Change the (RGB) White Input Levels to 0.

14. Once more, move the Playhead to 00;00;03;07.

15. Scroll down to Channel Blur in the RGB Transition 1.

16. Click the stopwatch  next to Red Blurriness.

17. Click the stopwatch  next to Green Blurriness.

18. Now let’s move back to 00;00;03;07.

19. Change the Red Blurriness to 300.

20. Change the Green Blurriness to 30.

21. And finally, move back to 00;00;01;16.

22. Alter the Red Blurriness to 0.

23. Green Blurriness is now 0.

24. Lastly, check the box next to Repeat Edge Pixels to let the effect cover the edges of the footage as well.

25. Hit the Spacebar to preview your work. It blurs out with a slight chromatic effect, which is super cool. Let’s go on to the next sequence!

Final Nested Sequence

1. Move the Playhead  to 00;00;05;03.

2. Select RGB Transition 2.

3. Since we already added the effects before, you should see Levels there in the Effects panel.

4. Next to (RGB) White Input Levels, press the stopwatch  to start keyframes.

5. Move the Playhead  to 00;00;05;18.

6. Change the (RGB) White Input Levels to 0.

7. Move the Playhead to 00;00;06;04.

8. Once more, we’ll change the (RGB) White Input Levels to 255.

9. Now go down to the Channel Blur effect that we added before to this sequence.

10. Press the stopwatch  next to Red Blurriness.

11. Do the same for Green Blurriness.

12. Go back to 00;00;05;18.

13. Change Red Blurriness to 300.

14. Green Blurriness, change to 30.

15. Finally, move back to 00;00;05;03.

16. Red Blurriness should be 0 once again.

17. Lastly, Green Blurriness is 0 as well.

18. Move the Playhead  to 00;00;00;00.

19. Hit Spacebar and preview your video! Now the clips blend into each other with a cool colored transition. That was pretty simple!


With just two effects, the Razor Tool, and Nested Sequences, you’ve made an awesome RGB transition! You can adjust the different Levels on the Levels effect, change up the settings on Channel Blur, and of course, alter the duration of the effects on your clips. Maybe just alter the Blue channel or turn up all the settings on the Channel Blur clip. Add another effect and see what happens!

Happy editing!

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