5 Common Video Transitions Worth Knowing

5 Common Video Transitions Worth Knowing

It is common that we watch movies, TV shows and videos every day. But how well do you know the video production process and the most oft-used video transitions

Actually, every film or video is consisted of a number of single shots. Then, filmmakers or video creators will find ways to edit the shots together in order to move the scenes forward. In this process, the needed technique is video transition effect.

What’s Video Transition Effect?

To put it simply, video transition is a post-production technique used in film to join one individual shot to another. It can integrate different shots seamlessly.

However, if filmmakers want to jump between storylines or switch to another point of view, more artistic transitions effect are needed. Here are 5 common video transitions.

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5 Most Common Video Transitions

Fade In/Out Video Transition

Fade is to make the scene gradually turns to a single color. For example, a scene turns black/ white or appears gradually.

Fade in is usually used at the beginning of a film or video, making the shot gradually visible, giving the viewer time to watch an image.

Fade out transition often occurs at the end of a film of scene, making the viewer find the shot invisible gradually. Also called fade to black, it is always used to move from a dramatic scene to another scene, or directly to the credits at the end of a film.

Wipe Video Transition

Wipe transition replaces on shot with another with shot travelling from one side of the frame to the other side. Filmmakers or video creators usually make use of it to establish conflict scene. 

A famous wipe is known as Iris wipe. It is usually used at the beginning of a scene to show a small and circular area of a shot. This video transition is often seen in silent films, such as Tom & Jerry. 

Other common wipe shapes contain clock, diamond and star.

Whip Pan Video Transition

Whip pan is when camera pans quickly and creates a blur effect between scenes. Similar to wipe, but whip pan is much faster. If you want to edit a comedic effect, whip pan is a nice choice, because it can move one shot to another in one shot.

Zoom Video Transition

Zoom transition is usually used to convey an exaggerated pace just like a whip wipe. It switches quickly from one scene to the next.

Dissolve Video Transition

Based on fade, dissolve overlaps two shots or scenes and move from one to another gradually. It is always used at the end of one scene and the beginning of the next scene to show two scenes time passing.

Match dissolve: A slightly advanced form of dissolve, with it, viewers can see a similar-shaped object dissolving to another.

Cross dissolve: This effect gradually replaces one shot with another, suggesting a location change or passage of time.

Ripple dissolve: Similar to cross dissolve, but it supports a dream-like quality transition since it adopts a “Ripple” filter.

More Information about Video Transitions

Tip 1. How to Add Transitions to Videos

You need a professional video tool for help. MiniTool MovieMaker, free, no ads, no bundle video editing software, can let you add transitions (including dissolve, fade and many other transitions) for free. Here is a detailed instruction:

Step 1. Install this editor on your pc. Open it and enter its main interface. Then, you can import media files, such as images, videos and music.

Step 2. Go to the Transitions tab, you can find there are 98 video transitions. Choose a preferred one, and drag it into timeline.

Step 3. After selecting video transitions, you can see an icon between clips. Double click it to begin editing.

Step 4. You can play the video in the preview window to check the transition effect. If it is not satisfying, just replace it or delete it.

Step 5. If you are satisfied with the transition effects, just choose a file format and select a save location, then, click Export button to save this film with the added video transitions. It will be exported to the location you specified. 

In addition, MiniTool MovieMaker enables you to save videos into different file formats, like commonly seen MP4, AVI and WMV. So, it’s also a chance to users to change video format.

Tip 2. How to Fade in or Fade out Music

MovieMaker can not only offers fade to help you edit videos or films, but also allows you to fade in or fade out music files. The process is similar to that of video transition. 

Bottom Line

These are the most common video transitions in films and videos. Now, you can choose one to have a try to edit your videos. If you are not familiar with this operation, just download MovieMaker and follow the steps introduced above. 

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