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How to Remove Background From a Video in Premier Pro

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Mar 28, 23, updated Mar 27, 24

Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the leading video editing software. You can use to create or remove a video's background. Advanced Chroma Key features such as Color Key and Ultra Key make it possible to produce background-free content quickly.

Although both Keys work similarly, many users prefer to use the Ultra key for a better result in the video. This article will explain how to remove video background in Premiere Pro if you are a newbie.

Let's get right to it and start the tutorial!

In this article
  1. How to Use Premiere Pro to Remove Video Background?
  2. Is There Any Best Alternative to Remove Video's Background?

How to Use Premiere Pro to Remove Video Background?

Adobe Premiere Pro can remove video backgrounds quickly using the Ultra Key feature with the following steps:

Step1 In the first step, launch a browser, and download the appropriate Adobe Premiere Pro version for your Windows PC or Mac. Next, install the software on your system and launch it from your Desktop or Dock.

Step2 Now, use the Media Browser panel in the software to browse the video clips you want to import into the software. Next, right-click on your selected video file in which you want to remove the background and choose the "Import" option.

premiere pro media browser

Step3 Click the "Effects" tab in the software panel and select Video Effects. Here, you will see the "Keying" option; select the Ultra Key, press and hold it to grab the key, and place it on your video clip.

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Note: You can also search for the Ultra Key in the Adobe Premiere Pro search bar. Drag it to the video clip containing a background you want to remove.

Step4 As soon as you drop the Ultra Key to your footage, an Effects Control panel will pop up. Next, use the eyedropper tool in the Effects Control panel. Finally, select the background color on your video that you want to remove.

premiere pro effects control panel

Step5 In the next step, click the drop-down menu next to the "Output" option, and select "Alpha Channel" from the list. This will reveal the details of your video and the edits. Also, click the "Setting" drop-down menu and select the Relaxed, Aggressive, or Custom option for the video effect.

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Step6 Select the "Matte Generation" below Key Color. Try different levels for Highlight, Shadow, Tolerance, Transparency, Pedestal, and other settings to further clean the matte for a premium effect.

premiere pro matter generation

Step7 In this step, choose the "Matte Cleanup" option to expand its settings and clean up the edges of your clip. You will see various options here, but the most important one is "Choke." It will shrink the object's borders and "Soften" to add fuzz.

premiere pro matte cleanup settings

If you see a background color spill on your video after playing with the above settings, click "Spill Suppression" beneath Matte Cleanup to expand its options and choose the desired settings to resolve this issue.

That's about it! You have successfully removed the video background in Premiere Pro.

Step8 In the last step, you need to save, render, and export your video with the removed background. To do this, click the "File" option on the Premiere Pro Media Browser, and choose "Export" to explore the "Media" menu.

Choose the format in the Export Settings, as it is compatible with most devices. Next, choose a valid Preset and resolution, and click "Export" to begin the rendering process. Finally, save your edited background video again, and export the video to the desired destination.

Is There Any Best Alternative to Remove Video's Background?

Although Adobe Premiere Pro is an excellent choice, the software can be a little overzealous for beginners. But don't fret; there is an alternative for newbie to remove the video background.

Many video content creators recommended Wondershare Filmora as a user-friendly video editing software. This software loads with customization options and compact feature, including the Human Segmentation effect. With it, you can isolate objects from the background of a video without a green screen.

filmora remove video background

Let's take a quick look at Filmora video editing marvel features:

  • Comes with a free trial and is priced to meet most video designers' production needs.
  • Remove the video background with four quick steps.
  • View the foreground of your video in real-time after background removal.
  • Numerous customization options to add a different background or an image to the original content.
  • Add the removed background as an overlay on top of another clip.
  • Drag and drop a video clip to another track in the timeline for cutting, trimming, and elimination purposes.
  • Using the "Human Segregation effect" in the AI Portrait on any imported video is simple.
  • See objects isolated from the background in the Preview mode, which allows you to adjust the edges, feathers, and thickness accordingly.
  • Easy export options supporting various compatible formats.

Additionally, we have provided you with a video tutorial about How to Remove and Change Video Background Without Green Screen with Filmora:

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This comprehensive guide explains how to remove the video background in Premier Pro using the Ultra key instead of the Color Key.

We have also discussed an excellent alternative to Premier Pro that can eliminate any background in your video content within minutes.

This article helped solve your queries. As a result, you can now create quality video content for your audience without paying thousands of dollars to professional video editors to do the background removal for you.

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Mar 27, 24
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