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How to make Objects Disappear in Premiere Pro

Is how to make an object disappear in Premiere Pro different from how to make a human being disappear?

This is a question one of my friends who is newly going into movie editing asked me.

Well, the simple answer to this question is NO. There is a difference between the way you edited that of a human and that of an object.

To make an object disappear in Premiere Pro is pretty simple just like when you want to make a human being disappear in a video.

Making an object disappear in Premiere Pro is first achieved when the shooting is going on. That is to say, any error made during shooting affects the editing.

What I am trying to say is this, if you encounter technical failure when shooting a disappearing scene, it will affect you during editing.

Since video shooting/recording is the number one (most vital) stage of video life, you must handle it with care.

What your need to record a disappearing scene

  • A camera: you will need a camera to record your/object action. Whether a phone or a normal camera it all depends on you.
  • A tripod: Most importantly is a tripod or an improvised one. If you want to solve one of the technical problems I mentioned earlier, you’ll need a tripod. Tripod allows your frame to remain stable. A stable frame gives room for the perfection of what you want to achieve.
  • Actor/object: Your actor can be you or anyone else. It can also be the object you want to disappear in the video.
  • Premiere Pro: Of course you’ll need premiere pro to allow you to finish and perfect your video and make you achieve your disappearing scene.

What do you need to make an object disappear in Premiere Pro?

Nothing if not yourself, the videos you want to edit and your premiere pro application.

How to Record a disappearing scene

To disappear or to make an object disappear in a video, you must make sure to record it well.

Now, to achieve this, record the empty background where the action will take place for some time. (Ensure your camera is tightened to the tripod).

After some seconds of recording the empty background, bring to the background the object you want to disappear (please ensure that the camera is still recording).

After you are done with your actions or you are satisfied that your object has achieved what you want it to do, then you can remove it and stop recording.

Simply Summarized

  • Record the empty background
  • Your/objects action while your camera is still recording
  • Stop recording
  • Head over to your editing app (premiere pro)

How to make the object disappear in Premiere Pro

  • Launch your premiere pro application
  • Import the video(s) you want to edit.
  • Cut out the action part that you want.
  • Remove the place you don’t want.
  • Join the space where you want your object to appear.

Boom! You just made an object appear in your video.

How about making that same object disappear?

It is pretty simple. All you have to do is to bring the same empty background-clip behind the object clip (that is when you want it to disappear).

When the playhead moves out of the object, the next clip it will/should locate is the empty background video.

As simple as that. You just made an object appear and disappear in Premiere Pro.

As I said, it is a very simple process only if you know how to go about it.


To summarize the whole story, you will need a tripod or an improvised tripod to avoid shaking.

Remove unwanted parts of the clip and blend them with the clip with an empty background.

Place the clip with the object before the empty background for the APPEARING SCENE and place the clip behind the empty background for the DISAPPEARING SCENE.

  1. Empty Background + Object Clip = APPEAR
  2. Object Clip + Empty Background = DISAPPEAR

Hope this was helpful. You are welcome to watch this video for better visual help.

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How to make an Object Disappear in Premiere Pro