Welcome back to the third instalment of our editing series.. how to add transitions in Premiere Pro CC.
Next, we’ll be looking at how to add some of those nifty Premiere Pro effects you see in the bottom left hand corner.
More specifically, how to add transitions in Premiere Pro CC. Having laid out and cut up your footage on the timeline, you’re now thinking about how it all flows together.
What Are Transitions?
Video transitions are a post-production technique used in editing. They’re one of the most important Premiere Pro effects.
They’re a valuable toolkit for video editors, helping to move the story along, convey a mood or tone to viewers, and set the stage for the next scene.
In other words, quite simply, they connect one shot to another.
It’s worth bearing in mind that different transitions have different meanings and symbolism, so they should be used thoughtfully and should always serve the story.
For example, if you were to use a fade to black between two clips that take place in the same time and space. That wouldn’t flow well because fading to black is a transition that often signifies completion – the end of a sequence.
So how do you add transitions in Premiere Pro CC?
Adding Transitions in Premiere Pro CC
Firstly, in the bottom left of your editing workspace, where the project panel is, you’ll see the option to click two arrows pointing right.
This will then provide a drop-down menu that gives you the option to select the effects tab.
Here, you’ll see a few folders with lots of options for both video and audio.
Firstly, we’ll take a look at video. Select the drop down option for the Video Transitions folder and take a look at all the options.
Personally, we feel that some of these options are a little gimmicky. It can come across as a bit amateur if you’re using lots of different transitions for every cut.
So you need to pick when and where to use them and remain consistent with what you choose.
For example, we quite like fade to black, fade to white or film dissolve under the dissolve folder. These are quite natural and unintrusive, however it all depends on the type of edit you’re working on.
Next, once you’ve picked which transition you would like to apply, you can click and drag across, dropping on to the middle of two clips.
The area where it will impact is highlighted. Here, we’ve used film dissolve to move from the outside of an ancient church in Istanbul, to the inside.
Play the sequence back to analyse the transition. If the transition is too fast for you, you can hover your cursor over one edge of it and drag outwards, making it longer.
Vice versa, you can drag it inwards if it’s too long.
Similarly, looking at the top left of your workspace, you can also make changes by selecting the effect controls tab.
Here, you can change the duration, choose where to place the transition, and also have it play in reverse.
However, clicking and dragging all of the time can slow you down a little so, it may be worth making a transition default.
To make a transition default, right click on it and select make default transition.
Then, when you select a cut (it will be highlighted in red when selected), press Ctrl + D if on windows.
or CMD + D if using a Mac. This applies the transition very quickly and easily.
Likewise, the same can be applied to audio. Just take the transition and drag it onto the audio tracks.
If you don’t add transitions to your audio, it can seem a bit jarring and abrupt.
For example, if I was to cut from the outside noise of the city to the indoor ambience of the church, it would be too much of a sharp cut.
The difference in audio volume and sound would be weird. You can use the audio transition constant power to smooth this all out and make it feel much more natural.
Wrapping up – Add Transitions in Premiere Pro CC
Congratulations! You can now add transitions in Premiere Pro CC.
In conclusion, we think you’ll agree that adding transitions is actually really very straight forward.
The most important part of this process in the edit is deciding which transition and when and where to add it.
We suggest taking the time to watch some of your favourite films and videos to analyse the editing. Where do they add transitions?
Indeed, lots more can be done between your cuts. If you’re thinking about more complicated transitions, you can look into things such as masking.
For everything else, After Effects then begins to come into play. But that’s another article for another day!