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What are transitions?

From: Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

Video: What are transitions?

In this chapter, we're going to be looking at transitions. Transitions are basically effects that you put between clips. Let me demonstrate here. We have two clips, one of some ducks on land here and then one of some ducks in the water. That's all fine and good, but let's back up a little bit so we can see some of the ducks on the land clip. And if I hit the Spacebar to play this, these ducks walk and then all of a sudden it's the ducks in the water. It's a little bit jarring as we get used to seeing the ducks on land and and then all of a sudden, whoa! They're in the water. So sometimes we add transitions to soften the blow as we jump from shot to shot.

What are transitions?

In this chapter, we're going to be looking at transitions. Transitions are basically effects that you put between clips. Let me demonstrate here. We have two clips, one of some ducks on land here and then one of some ducks in the water. That's all fine and good, but let's back up a little bit so we can see some of the ducks on the land clip. And if I hit the Spacebar to play this, these ducks walk and then all of a sudden it's the ducks in the water. It's a little bit jarring as we get used to seeing the ducks on land and and then all of a sudden, whoa! They're in the water. So sometimes we add transitions to soften the blow as we jump from shot to shot.

Transitions can be anything from fun, silly effects or just things that look kind of cool or they can be soft and really not too noticeable, which is probably what you want to do most often. For the bulk of this chapter we're going to be spending our time in the Transitions area of the Tasks panel. So go to the Tasks panel, click on the Transitions button. You'll see all these categories of transitions, and basically these are little thumbnail previews of what those transitions will look like. So that's Sphere. We'll roll up the first clip in the ball, that's the A, and then reveal the second clip, which is B. In this case it would be the ducks on land that would be rolling up into the sphere and rolling away and it would be the ducks on water that would be there behind it.

Now typically what you'd want to do is have a transition that went along with the theme of your footage. In this instance here I don't want anything too crazy, I want just something kind of subtle. For that, we probably go up to the Dissolve area and pick up the ever-popular Cross Dissolve. Basically, it's just a cross fade. Fades out one clip and fades in the next one. And then when you add a transition, it couldn't be any easier in the Sceneline. Just grab a transition and drag-and-drop it into the area, these little arrows in between clips.

And now as we play the transition here between these two clips, they nicely fade in between one another. Let me play that one more time here. There are the ducks on the land and then they fade nicely to the ducks on the water. So it just basically softens that harsh transition between the two clips. Now, we're going to have a movie coming up later in this chapter where I'm going to talk to you about how to use transitions tactfully. Transitions are often overused or used in inappropriate ways. So we want to just lay down some ground rules, but that's coming up later. Now let's jump into how to use transitions.

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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