176 FREE Premiere Pro Effects & Plugins! The Ultimate Freebie List. October 12 2014
In this article we are going to share over 150 FREE Adobe Premiere Pro effects & plugins that we reckon are pretty darn amazing!
As editors we all need tools up our sleeve to help us achieve our desired edits faster and more efficiently. We also need to be pushed and stimulated creatively. The free Premiere Pro plugins and effects we have curated in this list will do both of these things; some will help you add that feathered crop with a couple of simple clicks, while others will apply whole new looks to your piece you may not have yet considered, influencing your creative decisions (in a good way!).
There are a heap of free plug-in effects for Adobe Premiere Pro out there, but here we have complied the ones that we think are the best!
Before we begin, we just want to give a big thanks to all of the awesome individuals and companies that have spent the time crafting these effects, you guys rock!
Let’s get started, we might be here a while!
Note - To access the effects listed in this article, simply click on the effect title to be taken to a download page.
First up, what better way to start than with our very own freebie pack. Introducing LightFree!
LightFree! is a free sampler of our 3 of our light leak collections on offer at LightLeakLove.com
* 3 sample sets of high quality 720p light leak transitions from our most popular Light Leak collections.
* Light leaks that work seamlessly in Premiere Pro.
* Easily customisable effects (by adjusting color, hue, blend mode, positioning and more).
Click here for more info.
Anyway, enough about us - lets have a look at what else is out there in the Premiere Pro universe!
Next up are the guys from CoreMelt.com with this killer free set.
This free set is very generous with a whopping 43 incredible effects including light effects, filmic transitions, instant montage presets and 10 text presets. Simply put, this will definitely fire up your video editing arsenal! A word to Premiere Pro users – for these effects to show up you will need to hold the shift button upon launching to refresh the effects list.
Some more killer free effects for Adobe Premiere Pro come from the very generous team at Creative impatience. They bring a nice set of 6 free effects to the table for you hungry Premiere editors!
This bad boy will allow you to crop your image both inside and outside as well as add a feather to the cropped borders. It’s simple stuff made simpler. You can also fill the crop with color or add borders to your cropped frame. It works in both RGB and YUV color spaces too.
This sweet little nugget allows you to create a power window on the source clip. You can use both rectangle and elliptical shapes, which can be rotated and repositioned if needed. Both the inside and outside of shapes can have offset, gamma, gain and saturation adjusted globally or by RGB channel basis.
This plugin may only do one thing, but does it well. It allows you to add or remove contrast to your image, but what’s so special about it is that it completes this action without affecting your images true saturation.
With this puppy you can create a simple alpha mask on the source clip and composite it with the existing alpha channel by adding, subtracting and intersecting. This can be done within both rectangular and elliptical shapes which can also be rotated and repositioned.
This plugin will allow you to adjust the color temperature and tint of your footage quickly and easily. It’s a great timesaver and nifty little plugin.
With this vignette plugin you can create a vignette on the source clip in both rectangular and elliptical shapes. Vignettes can be repositioned and rotated, applied in any color and blending mode available to both the outside and inside of the shape. Also you can also choose instead to fill the vignette with transparency. A great take on a modern classic!
The next set of Premiere effects and plugins come from Jarle over at PremierePro.net (great url by the way Jarle!).
Jarle really went all out on this one. Once downloaded you have access to a massive and very generous 89 presets (compatible with Premiere Pro 6+) that are installable in seconds.
Jarle’s goody bag includes Color Grading presets, with presets for Bleach Bypass, Sepia, Color Negative, Teal & Orange, Cross Process and many more.
In addition, there are LOG to LIN presets for Alexa, Canon Cinestyle for DSLRs and for Sony F3. Also you’ll get your hands on some scaling tools for HD to SD, 1080 to 720 etc.
Most of the presets have tool tips so when you hover over them you’ll get info about how to use them. For example, the “Anonymizer” preset says “Use on Adjustment Layer for Witness Protection effect. Put matte on Video 3”. What could be easier?
This one contains a set of titles for Premiere Pro. It includes straps (lower thirds), end credits, special characters and subtitles.
Love playing Tom Clancey’s Splinter Cell? Then you’re going to dig this effect. Apply this and your footage will look like it is being viewed through a set of night vision binoculars. Very cool.
Next up is FilmImpact.net with their free transitions pack for Premiere Pro.
This transition pack is great value and the free demo collection even more so (considering it’s FREE!).
You’ll get 4 cool transitions to add to your arsenal, as well as be able to demo their full collection.
Vegasaur enter this epic freebie list with their free organic particle effects.
You get 5 real dust particle effects to integrate and blend with your favourite footage or use as a cool background for titles and other text. The particle comes in 720p ProRes so the quality is great, even when upscaling (especially if you are blending). According to their website, reviews of this freebie have been overwhelmingly positive, so download and see for yourself!
As the name on the tin suggests, with this effect you get real 35mm film grain to overlay on your footage. It comes in 720p H.264 and has a roll of 10 seconds, which when looped becomes infinite. Simply lay on top of your footage and change the blend mode depending on your desired outcome.
While we’re on the topic of film grain, here’s another couple of freebies in case the vegasaur pack doesn’t scratch you itch.
Gorilla Grain (note, you will have to sign up to their newsletter. No biggie though, I'm sure they hate spam as much as the next person).
Andy Mees over at Life Through the Canvas Window also has a couple of juicy freebies up for grabs.
As Andy states on the website – “For all your faux in-camera whip pan needs.”
Andy’s Swish Dissolve
This swish dissolve will horizontally stretch and blur the outgoing clip and as it does, dissolve it through the incoming shot as it snaps back from a vertical stretch and blur. Got it? No? Don’t worry, it looks cool and will make sense once you apply it.
It also comes with individual controls for the in and out stretch blurs including blur angle.
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Next up are some fantastic freebie goodness from Red Giant. These guys are industry leaders when it comes to useful plugins for editing and their freebies are no different!
Red Giant state that LUT Buddy was created with the professional colorist in mind! The product is the brain child of Stu Maschwitz, the Creative Director of many other Red Giant products. Lut Buddy runs seamlessly in CS5, CS6 and CC. If you’re already using LUT’s in your workflow, then this plugin is for you.
This plugin will give you a simplified, elegant color corrector designed by experienced colorists. It includes the 3-way wheels from Colorista II (another Red Giant product) and also uses numeric sliders for accuracy. From this you can create a Color Decision List (CDL) that can be shared with other high end software and will conform your color work to industry standards.
Quick Looks Free from Red Giant gives you a colourful sampling of their very popular Magic Bullet Quick Looks plugin. With this plugin you can quickly and easily change the color palette of your footage to any one of the 20 presets included. Each look is inspired by films such as The Matrix, Traffic and Saving Private Ryan.
IdustrialRevolution brings a killer plugin to the table in the form of CoverFlux.
Ever wanted to mimic that gorgeous scrolling image carousel that iTunes uses? Well this plugin does just that. It will reproduce a slideshow that is streamlined and professional looking and will allow you to customize with options for depth of stack, the number, the angle and even depth of field of the display on your carousel. You can add soft edges, corners and gloss and even integrate your own mask shapes. Along with the ability to control the XYZ camera movement, you can composite your slideshow onto any background you choose. Simply put, this plugin packs a punch.
The next generous company providing free plugins is YanoBox . It’s created by founder Jean Marc Noel in 2008 after two decades of experience as an editor and compositor, so you can bet his plugins are gonna be good!
Yanobox Barcode is a FREE generator that simulates the European Article Number aka EAN-13 barcode used on products the world over.
With this plugin you will be able to choose from different custom color modes as well as include random digits, transforming the classical barcode to an eye-catching Motion Graphic element.
Studio 1 productions have also got a select couple of freebies on offer.
Cinema FX Presets
With Cinema FX Presets you will get 56 presets for Premiere Pro that you can use to give your next video a more cinematic look. They are NTSC and PAL compatible and are all made with Premiere Pro’s built in controls.
The brilliant peeps at Noise Industries are also a generous bunch with 3 free plugins for you to download.
Note that you these run through FXFactory and you will need to download their plugin to operate.
This simple plugin allows you to create the photo animation style made popular by Ken Burns.
Simply drag the Pan and Zoom generator to your timeline and select your source media. Pan and Zoom creates a smooth animation between any two regions in the source.
This one will give you the ability to create static titles and title roll/crawl generators on cue. The static title generator allows you to create and adjust simple one-line titles without leaving the parameter inspector. Quick and easy.
Are you a Star Wars lover? This ones for you! It allows you to simulate opening titles from the 1977 Star Wars movie. A couple of clicks and voila, its “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”.
This free plugin from Luca Visual Effects will allow you to use creative text, numbers and symbols in your project in seconds.
From a film production team in Germany comes the next freebie!
Fenchel & Janisch have designed 10 different styled movie countdowns that can be downloaded for free.
Included in "10 movie countdowns" is everything from 3D moving numbers to vintage looking slideshows.
The clips can be used for personal projects and commercial work.
Well there you have it folk’s – an EPIC resource for you to keep in your pocket and bring out when you think that your project needs a little oomph!
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