How to run a second instance of Premiere Pro

How to run a second instance of Premiere Pro

One feature that frustrates old FCP7 users when they jump over to Premiere Pro, is the ability to run two projects side by side.

This little tip will show you how to open multiple Premiere Pro projects on a Mac. Whilst Premiere Pro’s inbuilt media import feature is great for importing assets including sequences and titles, sometimes it’s handy to flick between projects.

Using Terminal, we’re going to use the open command to tell the Mac to open Premiere Pro.

Start by launching Terminal (either from Applications/Utilities/Terminal or hit ⌘ + Space and type in Terminal).
Next up right click on Premiere Pro on the Dock and select Options > Show in Finder.
In Terminal type in open -n (make sure you include a space at the end) then drag the Premiere Pro Application (from the finder) onto Terminal.
You should end up with something like:
open -n /Applications/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\ CC\ 2014/Adobe\ Premiere\ Pro\ CC\
Hit enter and it should launch

Running second version of Premiere Pro from Terminal


One click solution

You can automate this process to one click from the Dock using Apple’s Automator.

Hit ⌘ + Space and type in Automator to launch Automator
From the “Choose a type for your document:” screen, select Application and click “Choose” (if this screen doesn’t pop-up automatically, click File > New)
In the “Name” search box type shell and select “Run Shell Script” from the Actions Library

In “Run Shell Script” box, type in the command open -n
Drag and drop the Premiere Pro application from the Finder into the box and type speech marks around the location
You should end up with something like:
open -n "/Applications/Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014/Adobe Premiere Pro CC"

You can test this by hitting the Run button
To save the script, click File > Save and select a location for it (to keep it organised, I’d put it in the Application folder)
Find the Automator script in the Finder and drag and drop it onto the Dock

Now whenever you hit that, it will launch another instances of Premiere Pro.


I wouldn’t advise having too many projects unnecessarily simultaneously open, as it can upset Premiere Pro’s RAM allocation. This is fine if you are just copying and pasting certain assets or comparing projects.

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Debunking Branded Content Video Terminology

There are certain phrases that clients and co-workers ask me again and again for the meaning of. I thought I’d just pull up the most common ones I come across and list them here.

Have I missed any? Are there any terms you have to keep explaining? Feel free to leave them in the comments section.

1. Rushes containing the primary content, usually interviews.
2. A pre-packaged editorial edit that can be played out or uploaded directly to a website with out requiring any additional editing work. Includes graphics and titles. Depending on the content, this may or may not have music.

1. Rushes containing the secondary content, usually cutaways.
2. A roughly cut package of rushes containing all the content a broadcaster could need to cut their own package. Usually has detailed slates containing a timecoded index and interviewee details including full name and title.

VNR (Video News Release)
This is usually the distribution of A-Roll and B-Roll to journalists. A-Roll is sometimes referred to as a ‘VNR’.

IV (Interview)
Short hand for interview.

GV (General Video) - Float, cutaway
The alternative content used to ‘paint over’ interview footage.

Title Bar - Aston, lower-third
Graphic used on an edit to detail who’s currently being interviewed

Graphic detailing important information. An ‘End Slate’ is a slate that features on the end of a video usually with the call-to-action and brand logo.

TVC (Television Comercial)
Commercial advertisement that’s played out on TV for brand promotion.

Term that refers to content created for social media to organically collect views through peer to peer sharing.

DoP (Director of Photography)
Person in charge of the camera(s) on a shoot. They decide where the cameras go, what they pick-up and how the lighting should be setup.

DIT (Digital Image Technician)
Person in charge of transferring rushes from camera to hard drive.

Preditor (Producer-editor)
Someone who can produce a shoot and then edit the content.

PD Shooter (Producer/Director Shooter)
Someone who can produce and direct a shoot, whilst operating a camera.

DFA (Does F*** All)
My favourite one… the effect you add to your footage in post to make it ‘pop’ more…

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How to create a quick motion blur effect on titles in Premiere Pro

How to create a quick motion blur effect on titles in Premiere Pro


One of my biggest gripes with creating graphics in Premiere Pro and animating them, is that there’s currently no way to add motion blur. Motion blur adds a subtle but professional feel to moving graphics, that don’t jar with the person watching them. Usually I’d whip over to After Effects, dynamically link a composition and let After Effects do the work. However, sometimes I’m just looking for a quick fix or co-working on a project with non-AE users.

This trick only really works for reveals such as the bottom, solid layer of a lower-third title.


Motion blur in Premiere Pro on lower-third graphics


  1. Create a new title in the project and label it lower-third matt.
  2. Put in place in your sequence and open up the Title tool.
  3. Create your desired shape using the Rectangle Tool (or other shape tool), select the fill colour/opacity and close down the title tool.
  4. Now add the “Crop” effect from the Effects panel to the title.
  5. Using the Effect Controls, at the beginning of the animation, keyframe in the reveal to reveal the shape. Make sure that you over compensate and ensure that you’re at least 100 pixels beyond the edge of the shape.
  6. It’s not essential but you can right click the finishing keyframe and select ‘Bezier’ to smooth out the transition.
  7. The key step is to now dial in the ‘Edge Feather’ on the Crop effect. Something like 100 should be sufficient. As the crop reveals, this is going to add a faux motion blur to it.
  8. Now using a separate title, you can add the text in above the shape layer and fade in.



Settings for motion blur in Premiere Pro



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