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Understanding transitions

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Video: Understanding transitions

This tutorial is about transitions. These are ways to get from one scene to the next. Typically, you might have two reasons to use transitions. Let's say you want to set a mood. You've been using these underwater video clips and to just go from one clip to the next abruptly; it doesn't really work for an underwater scene. You want to go gradually. So you apply a nice little dissolve transition between the two scenes. Another reason you might want to use transitions is if one scene to the next is so abrupt that it will be jarring for your viewer. It might be that you are going from one place and time to some other distinctly different place and time and you want to send a message to the viewer, look, we are making this transition to a new place or time. Or you might have two clips that are so similar but you might have different persons in the clip. You want to say, look, viewer. This is going to be a new person. So you put a transition in this to say we are going to some other subject matter here.

Understanding transitions

This tutorial is about transitions. These are ways to get from one scene to the next. Typically, you might have two reasons to use transitions. Let's say you want to set a mood. You've been using these underwater video clips and to just go from one clip to the next abruptly; it doesn't really work for an underwater scene. You want to go gradually. So you apply a nice little dissolve transition between the two scenes. Another reason you might want to use transitions is if one scene to the next is so abrupt that it will be jarring for your viewer. It might be that you are going from one place and time to some other distinctly different place and time and you want to send a message to the viewer, look, we are making this transition to a new place or time. Or you might have two clips that are so similar but you might have different persons in the clip. You want to say, look, viewer. This is going to be a new person. So you put a transition in this to say we are going to some other subject matter here.

There is a mantra in the video editing world called if you can't solve it, dissolve it. What they mean is if you can't really find a way to put two clips together without jarring the viewer, put a dissolve between the two or some other kind of transition. Now Premiere Elements comes with more than 120 different transitions. Some are subtle, some are really wild. It's tempting to use a transition between every set of clips inside your projects. Probably early on you might want to have some fun with it, but eventually, you want to start thinking about where should I put a transition? Which two clips together need a transition? If they need a transition, what transition will work best? So let me show you a few examples.

If you want to follow along in this demo, you can open up the 06-overview project. I have got several clips on the Timeline here. I'm going to put a couple of transitions between some of them to show you some examples of transitions that work well under certain circumstances. So for example, here we have this underwater video and it's, kind of, nice to not just jump from one scene to the next, but to transition from one scene to the next. So I go over to the Transitions area and pick some of the standard transitions that you would use under these circumstances. It is the Cross Dissolve. I'll just drag it down there, add it. If I play that now, it's just going to gradually move from one scene to the next. That's the kind of move that you want to set for an underwater scene like this. But sometimes, there are transitions or scene changes that are really kind of dramatic. Let's say, I go from this nice little quite moment with these two fish and their enemy. I'm going to bang! this octopus.

I want to emphasis that in some way, besides just going from one clip to the next. I want to help the viewers know that this is really kind of cool. So I'm going to add a transition that shows how cool it is. This one called the Center Peel, drag it down there. Now we go between the two of them. It will be somewhat more obvious as we make this change, so watch this. Bang! That little Center Peel opens up showing this octopus in its full glory. Sometimes transitions can be sort of dramatic. Let me go from this school of fish who don't know that right near by is this guy. We can sort of make that more dramatic by putting a transition that highlights that shark. So let me zoom down here to the Zoom Trails transition and apply that one.

Zoom Trails transition has a Custom feature. It allows you to actually say exactly where the transition comes in. There is a little dot here and you can focus on the shark. So I'm going to move this across to where the shark would come in. Move this in so I can find it. Like adjust the location that a little dot to come in on the sharks nose, more or less. Now I'll see how that transition works. Here we go. The unknowing fish and then the shark comes in. See that again. Here is the shark. That's just a way to emphasize the next scene. There are all kinds of transitions that you can mess with and have fun to do those kinds of effects. Transitions can also help you go from one scene to the next, where the scenes are very similar.

So here is a horse and a rider about to jump over that jump. Then here is that same rider going over a different jump. You want to tell people "wait a minute, this is actually a different scene." It's about the same horse, same rider but it's a different scene and I want to tell them it's different. So I'm going to put a Wipe there, it's called. The Wipe can have some extra effects to it to make it more obvious. We will drag the Wipe down there, we will Edit Transition. That gives me the option of having a border. So I'll make a border about that big. I'll drag it in so I can see the border. I can select the color and the color can be selected from the scene itself. Now this little wipe will go, more or less, with the horses. Let's see what happens.

(Video playing) That's the way to say it to your viewer, look at this. We are going from one scene to the next, even though it's the same person and the same horse. These are just some examples of how you can apply transitions to certain circumstances. I suggest you play around with these guys and you will come up with ways to use them on your own.

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  1. 3m 47s
    1. Overview
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      55s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
    4. Relinking missing media
      1m 8s
  2. 10m 47s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
      5m 49s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Help function
      1m 44s
  3. 14m 2s
    1. Starting a new project
      2m 52s
    2. Getting video from a camcorder
      5m 22s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      2m 36s
    4. Managing clips with the Organizer and in Project view
      3m 12s
  4. 10m 6s
    1. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      3m 31s
    2. Adding, rearranging, deleting, and replacing clips in the Timeline
      6m 35s
  5. 19m 29s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      3m 51s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      4m 3s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      3m 58s
    4. Changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      7m 37s
  6. 16m 18s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 31s
    2. Applying transitions
      4m 47s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      7m 0s
  7. 17m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 47s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 6s
  8. 30m 16s
    1. Understanding animation
      4m 34s
    2. Animating video effects
      9m 29s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      4m 5s
    4. Working with effect presets
      8m 22s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      3m 46s
  9. 18m 17s
    1. Recording narrations
      2m 53s
    2. Making soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 16s
    3. Applying audio effects
      6m 2s
    4. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 6s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Creating titles from scratch
      7m 25s
    2. Having fun with titles
      10m 31s
  11. 13m 10s
    1. Understanding compositing
      3m 6s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      4m 52s
    3. Creating transparency with Videomerge
      5m 12s
  12. 6m 45s
    1. Using Instant Movie, themes, and Smart Tags
      6m 45s
  13. 12m 22s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 34s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      3m 37s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      7m 11s
  14. 8m 52s
    1. Sharing from the Tasks panel
      7m 4s
    2. Archiving projects
      1m 48s
  15. 6m 46s
    1. Shooting video to make a great story
      6m 46s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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