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Adding and refining transitions

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Transitions are effects, like dissolves, that take us from one shot to another or up from a black screen to a shot or down from a shot to a black screen. The thing I want to emphasize about transitions is they should be as motivated as possible. They're best used when there is a change of time: a beginning, an ending, something like that. The first opportunity I think we have for a transition here is at the very beginning. This shot is supposed to sort of be in the an aesthetic invite into our piece.

Adding and refining transitions

Transitions are effects, like dissolves, that take us from one shot to another or up from a black screen to a shot or down from a shot to a black screen. The thing I want to emphasize about transitions is they should be as motivated as possible. They're best used when there is a change of time: a beginning, an ending, something like that. The first opportunity I think we have for a transition here is at the very beginning. This shot is supposed to sort of be in the an aesthetic invite into our piece.

Let's play it. (video playing) Yeah, I think it would be really nice if that faded up over that sort of eerie music. Let's add a Dissolve. There's our Cross Dissolve. And we put it in place. Notice I get a red bar, which means it's going to have to be rendered. Before I do that, I think I want a longer transition here at the very beginning.

I am just going to extend this a bit. It might need more work, but I want to be able to see it. Okay, I've got to render it if I want to see it. (video playing) Yup! You see how nicely that transition works? The next opportunity, I think, is here. In order to hear this bite well, I am just going to temporarily lower the music. We're going to mix this music for real in a bit, but I just want to be able to hear what she's saying here.

Okay. (Female speaker: And then I'll just sit down and look at each one, because I want to understand--) Okay, I think this would make a great transition spot because we're moving from the process scene, and she's talking about a later time when she's looking at the finished pieces. Again, a cross dissolve. And a quick render to see if we like it. (video playing) (Female speaker: And then I'll just sit down and look at each one,) (because I want to understand the story that I'm--) Not bad.

I recommend that you comb through your timeline looking for the best opportunities for transitions. Not just throwing them on anywhere where you could have one, but really thinking about why does a transition work better here. There's one more I like, which is to fade down at the end. (video playing) So there we have transitions.

Somewhat of a minimalist approach, but I think very appropriate for documentary style pieces.

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