How to resize video in Premiere Pro

Resizing video is useful for various reasons. For example when you want to post your video on different channels. It’s also important and as different cameras and settings produce video clips of various frame sizes and resolutions. Your timeline may have different size clips that you may want to resize to fit the frame.

The truth is that it’s not too hard to do in Adobe Premiere Pro. The challenge is there are multiple ways that resizing can be done in Premiere. Let’s take a look at a few different methods.

Why should you resize your video?

Resizing your video is very beneficial when it comes to video editing. There are lots of reasons why you should resize your video. However, you can resize your video using text to modify your video content through Imvidu Studio. Here are the reasons, 

Resize to reduce the actual size of the file:

This is a compression process or quality reduction process that allows for the following:

  1. Reduces data consumption
  2. Realistic and easy to work with size for social media videos
  3. Create more space in your device 
  4. Faster processing and editing

Resizing videos for different channels

This is where you alter the actual dimensions of the video. There are currently three common sizes (although you can have a number of other related standards in between):

square landscape and story video sizes

Landscape: Typically 16:9 for wide screen or 4:3 ratio (not too common now). Common for YouTube, television and monitors.

Square: 1:1 ratio – awesome for social media (Facebook feed, Instagram posts, LinkedIn feed)

Story: 9:16 (vertical mode), which is great for videos on the phone. Common examples include short videos for TikTok, YouTube shorts, Instagram Reels. But story telling in vertical mode is becoming popular no matter which platform you use on social media as it provides a good user experience.

You can either record in these modes – especially when you know exactly where your video will be posted or shared. But if you’re going to be sharing your video on multiple channels then you’ll need to use a video editor to do the job. In this case, we’re talking about Adobe Premiere. Alternatively you could use the Imvidu text based video editor that will let you do the same thing in a few clicks.

What is Adobe Premiere Pro?

For the complete beginner, Adobe Premiere Pro is an application that is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud software. It is a video editing program used for editing. Whether an amateur or professional, the adobe premiere pro is a suitable and versatile software for editing videos. However, it is primarily targeted towards more advanced users.

Yes, for beginners it’s an amazing tool to use, but just be mindful that if you’re doing basic video editing, like you can do in iMovie, but don’ t have time to learn the in’s and out’s of video editing – then it can be over kill for your needs.

For simple resizing where you put your video in, select a size and output the video, you’re better off with something like Imvidu Studio. There you can resize your videos for social media, YouTube and even story mode in a few clicks.

Adobe Premiere interface
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Pros and cons of resizing video in Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a brilliant for video editing. It lets you work in any quality and output videos to any quality or popular format. Although it’s regarded as a video editing tool for amateur or professionals as it’s versatile.

Should you use Premiere Pro to resize videos? Here are some pros and cons of doing so, but firstly, if you’re a beginner take a look at this example and decide for yourself:

Is it easy to resize video premiere?
How to resize a video in Premiere Pro? Can you tell from the above?!

If you have particular kind of videos, consider some alternatives for those:

Resize your videos in a few clicks

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How to Resize Videos on Adobe Premiere Pro

Before you get to know more about resizing video, it’s important to know about scale to frame size and set to frame size. Naturally, frame size is very important if you want to resize your clip.

What is scale to frame size?

This automatically scales the image to fit entirely within the frame size of the sequence, and, at the same time, sets Effect Controls > Motion > Scale to 100%.

This is the best option when you are dealing with different frame sizes, but don’t intend to scale anything later. I don’t recommend using this option because you don’t know how much the image was scaled.

For example, if you use this on an image that’s double the width of the sequence, you end up with an image that’s ¼ of the original pixel size, while the Scale will be set to 100%.

What is set to frame size? 

This automatically scales an image to fit entirely within the frame size of the sequence, and, at the same time, sets Effect Controls > Motion > Scale to reflect the amount the image was scaled.

Resize video option - set to frame size

If the aspect ratio does not match, the image will have black bars around the image. If the image is smaller than the sequence, the image may appear blurry. This is my recommended choice when dealing with different frame sizes for most edits and want the ability to scale the images later.

The Set to Frame Size option, doesn’t resample the image, but instead set Scale in the Effect Controls panel to whatever it needs to be to fit the image inside the frame.

Use this method if you can afford more processing power, as it doesn’t degrade the quality of the image.

How to use Adobe Premiere Pro to Resize Videos

There are multiple ways to resize your video, either bigger or smaller. We’ll go through three ways to successfully resizing in Premiere.

Manual scale 

This method is simple, and it’s mainly used to scale, preserving the same aspect ratio.

  1. Once you’re in Premiere, click on effects workspace
  2. On the effect control panel, find the motion drop down bar
  3. Then click on the scale option to use the slider to select the new size of the video.
Resize using scale premiere

Set to frame size 

Using the set to frame size method is best, especially when dealing with various video clips from multiple sources

resize premiere pro using set to frame
  1. First, select the video from the timeline
  2. Right-click on the video clip, following the sequence you want to resize
  3. From the drop down menu that appears, click on set to frame. The video clip should instantly will change the size to match your sequence setting.

Doing the resize in Premiere using set to frame has a key disadvantage as you will have to perform the resize one by one for each video clip.

Scale to frame size 

This may reduces the quality of a video clip. Nevertheless, it is the fastest method if you want to resize the video clip. 

  1. Select the video you want to adjust from your timeline 
  2. Click on scale to frame and set the scale you want
  3. It automatically changes the size of the video to match the existing sequence.
Resize in Premiere using Scale to Frame size

Resize video using the Reframe effect

You can quickly switch a video size to another aspect ratio easily by using the Transform function (auto reframing tool).

The auto re-frame is a recent feature on adobe premiere pro that keeps track of movement in a video and optimizes it for social media applications automatically.

  1. Choose Video Effects > Transform.
  2. Drag the Auto Reframe effect to the clip you want to resize. 
  3. You need to select a motion preset from the panel.
  4. Select one of the motion presets from the Effect Controls panel (Slower Motion, Faster Motion, Auto)

Alternatively, you can do this too:

  1. Locate the sequence and right-click 
premiere pro resize using reframe
  1. From the drop box, locate the auto re-frame sequence and click.
premiere resize using reframe - dropdown
  1. You will see a dialogue box. Choose from the available ratio or input a specific aspect ratio.
resize using reframe sequence - select Auto Reframe Aspect

Resize videos for social media. Fast.


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How to Crop in Adobe Premiere Pro

Cropping removes part of your visible video rather than ‘resizing’ the video clip.

Cropping a video on adobe premiere is quite more different from cropping pictures.

  • Import your video:
Import video into adobe premiere
  • Place the video you want to crop into your timeline 
  • Locate the effect panel, and the crop bar will show under the transform tab.
  • Click and move it into the video you plan to crop.
  • After that, locate the effects control. You will see the various crop effects listed top left side of the premiere for Windows.
  • When you then look at the drop down, there are different options to pick. Just increase the value from either the left, right, top, or bottom. Depending on the side increase determines the size of the video that crops.
select crop to resize video by cutting edges

Crop using the Opacity hack

Another way to crop is by using opacity.

  1. All you need to do is to delete the crop and select opacity. Opacity has a circle, rectangle, and pen tool. The pencil is used for free draw Bezier curves
  2. Select-fit to zoom out to the percentage of the zooming length, e.g., 50% 
  3. Go to the pencil and click on it (you can use a circle, rectangle or pen tool)
  4. Draw a rectangle around the outside of the video 
  5. Create a new key frame by selecting the stopwatch on the mask path
  6. After you move a few seconds to the right, click on mask 1. 
  7. Grab the point on the bottom left and move it up 
  8. Play it and see the animated cropping effect happening.
  9. When you hover over one of the blue outlines, you will see the pencil low back up again. Create a point there and then pull the point down to the middle; a dip will occur. You can adjust the edge using the pencil to create various angles for cropping.

Whichever method you use, cropping your video will still be possible. However, some people prefer the opacity to the original crop because it gives more room for creativity.

How to rotate in Adobe Premiere

To rotate any video, you import into adobe premiere pro is not tricky—irrespective of your device, whether it is Mac or Windows. So here is an easy way to go about it.

  1. Import the video you want to rotate 
  2. Check the project panel, and the video will be there. Then add your video to the timeline panel
  3. While the video is at the timeline panel, select the video 
  4. Locate the motion drop down in the effect control tab and click it.
crop video resize in adobe
  1. It will show a rotation drop down. Then you can input the angle of rotation you like, e.g., 75 degrees.

rotate video in premiere

Additional tip: The process on how to rotate a video is similar to flipping. In a situation where you want to flip a video, all you have to do is go back to the effect control tab. Among the tabs, you will see distort drop down. Click on the distort drop down, then double click on transform from the drop down menu. After that, you will see the uniform scale checkbox. Untick it. Immediately that is done, you can change the scale number to flip your video in any direction.

You can use Imvidu to add subtitles
See tutorial: How to add subtitles to a video automatically in Imvidu

Common questions Users ask about resizing video in Premiere

  1. How can I create a shortcut on my keyboard to resize the video?

You can create create shortcuts on your keyboard through the Keyboard shortcuts menu item.

For example, go to the search bar and search for set to frame. When the option appears, double-click in the empty box. You can now input whatever command or key to be used for this particular function.

  1. What is the easiest way to resize videos?

The easiest and most effective way depends on what you’re trying to achieve. All methods to resize video are equally effective. Set to frame option in Premiere to resize is useful when you want to scale based on frame sizes etc. But using the Auto reframe is optimal if you want to change between aspect ratios.

  1. Why can’t I import some Apple MOV videos in Premiere pro for resizing?

Firstly, make sure you Premiere Pro version is up to date. Secondly,make sure your video is not corrupt. Ensure it is working by playing it on any media player.

  1. Can you record in Adobe Premiere Pro?

You can record voice overs and audio in Premiere Pro. However you cannot record video. There are different and better tools for recording – even something like Zoom to record videos is a great alternative and you can start for free.

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