Say that you have just added a new video to your previously created project. You then add the video to the sequence and notice that it has a different frame size from the sequence and that it is not centered. To fit and center the video layer clip in a sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro, follow the steps below:

Method 1: Fit both bounds inside the sequence frame size

  1. Open Adobe Premiere Pro
  2. Open the desired project
  3. Open the Video’s Effects Controls
    1. Select Window -> Select Effects Controls
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    2. Select the video clip in the timeline
  4. Determine the center of the aperture and center the video
    1. Select the Project tab -> Right-click on the target sequence -> Select Properties
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    2. Copy the sequence’s width and height
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    3. Calculate CenterX = aperture width /2 and CenterY = aperture height /2
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    4. Effects Controls tab -> fx Motion -> Position -> Enter CenterX as the left value -> Enter CenterY as the right value
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  5. Determine the width and height ratios and apply the minimum scale to fit inside
    1. Select the Project tab -> Right-click on the target video -> Select Properties
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    2. Copy the video’s width and height
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    3. Calculate the Width ratio = sequence aperture width / video width and Height ratio = sequence aperture height / video height
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    4. Effects Controls tab -> fx Motion -> Scale -> Enter the minimum value between the Width Ratio and Height Ratio -> Check Uniform under Scale Width
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Method 2: Stretch video width and height to match the sequence aperture

  1. Open Adobe Premiere Pro
  2. Open the desired project
  3. Open the Video’s Effects Controls
    1. Select Window -> Select Effects Controls
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    2. Select the video clip in the timeline
  4. Determine the center of the aperture and center the video
    1. Select the Project tab -> Right-click on the target sequence -> Select Properties
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    2. Copy the sequence’s width and height
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    3. Calculate CenterX = aperture width /2 and CenterY = aperture height /2
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    4. Effects Controls tab -> fx Motion -> Position -> Enter CenterX as the left value -> Enter CenterY as the right value
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  5. Determine the width and height ratios and apply the minimum scale to fit inside
    1. Select the Project tab -> Right-click on the target video -> Select Properties
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    2. Copy the video’s width and height
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    3. Calculate the Width ratio = sequence aperture width / video width and Height ratio = sequence aperture height / video height
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    4. Effects Controls tab -> fx Motion -> Scale -> De-select Uniform under Scale Width -> Enter the Width Ratio under Scale Width ->  Enter the Height Ratio under Scale
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Method 3: Automatically fit both bounds inside the sequence frame size

  1. Open Adobe Premiere Pro
  2. Open the desired project
  3. Apply Scale To Frame Size to the video clip in the timeline
    1. Select the video clip in the timeline
    2. Right-click the video clip -> Select Scale To Frame Size
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