How to Change Default Duration of Pictures in Adobe Premiere


When pictures are imported and added to a time line in Adobe Premiere, the default time is set to 5 seconds or around 150 frames. Instead of adjusting the time for every picture within a project, you can change the default settings to a set amount of frames. This will shorten editing time and maximize work flow. Once changed, the settings apply to every new project until they are manually changed again.

  • Open up a new project in Adobe Premiere. It does not have to be any project you are working on --- just load the interface to get to the settings.

  • Click on the "Edit" menu and select the "Preferences" submenu. Click on the "General" tab. Find the section labeled "Still Image Default Duration." The default will be listed as "150 Frames."

  • Calculate how long you want your pictures to display. 30 frames equals one second of footage. 60 frames equals two seconds, 90 frames equals three seconds, 120 frames equals four seconds and so on. There is no limit for the number of seconds for the time line.

  • Delete the "150" from the box and enter the new frame amount. Press the "OK" icon at the bottom of the screen to apply the change.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pictures can easily be extended or shortened in the "Timeline" window. Bring the cursor to the end of the clip until it turns into an arrow. Click and drag to the right to make the picture longer or drag to the left to make it shorter.
  • Remember that the default setting is calculated by frames and not seconds.

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