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Tip #289: Create a Hold Frame

Hold frames are a great way to pause the action.

The red arrow indicates the start of a Hold frame in Premiere.

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Hold frames are still images created in a clip in Premiere’s timeline that allow you to pause the action. There are two versions of a Hold frame – here’s how to create both.

  • In the Premiere timeline, put your playhead on the frame you want to freeze.
  • Control-click the clip and choose one of two options:
  • Add Frame Hold. This freezes the frame under the playhead until the end of the clip. Perfect for a dramatic freeze and a slow fade to black.
  • Insert Frame Hold Segment. Inserts a two-second freeze frame at the position of the playhead, then the action resumes.

In both cases, you can trim the end of the Hold frame to whatever duration you need. I use these a lot!


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