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Using transition effects

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Video: Using transition effects

A lot of Premiere users aren't aware that there is actually effects that perform transitions as well. So don't be confused here, there's actually the Video Transitions category, but there is also the Transition category in the Video Effects category. So you can have a transition by either having a transition or an effect. So I want to talk a little bit about some of these options. It is a little bit more work, actually a lot more work, to use transitions as the Transition Effects rather than the transitions.

Using transition effects

A lot of Premiere users aren't aware that there is actually effects that perform transitions as well. So don't be confused here, there's actually the Video Transitions category, but there is also the Transition category in the Video Effects category. So you can have a transition by either having a transition or an effect. So I want to talk a little bit about some of these options. It is a little bit more work, actually a lot more work, to use transitions as the Transition Effects rather than the transitions.

But I find that sometimes the results can be a little bit more professional if you are looking for a Dissolve or a Wipe or something like that, and I am also going to show you some really cool tricks that you can't do with the regular transitions. First, let's start with the Block Dissolve. I have two video tracks here with video and then I also have this PSD file on the top that we'll look at in just a moment. But I want to apply this Block Dissolve effect to the hand for cutaway DJ layer, this clip on top of this other clip, and be aware that when you create transitions using effects, that you need to actually stack them on top of each other.

So we have this top layer and then we have this bottom layer beneath it. So what I do is go to the Block Dissolve, again, the transition is on the top layer and for transition effects, we use the Transition Completion parameter. By default, it's set to 0%, but as you increase this to 100%, it dissolves to the layer beneath it. Isn't that cool? I love that. Let me give you some pros and cons about using Transition Effects versus using the regular transitions. One, you have a lot more control over more professional options.

You can look at it and say "You know what? I want these blocks to be a little bit "bigger, so I am going to increase these values." And it's a little bit more of an intelligent process. Again, I think these are a little bit better looking than the standard transitions that come with Premiere. They are, however, a lot more work to set up because you have to animate Transition Completion. You have to stack the layers, and that can be a little bit tedious as well. But let's say I am going to take off this Soft Edges value for a second. One of the cool things is you could actually freeze these transitions, so you could just set this up as just kind of an interesting effect, maybe you want just like a little bit of digital noise here, and so maybe you reduce these values or something.

You just want kind of some random noise, or maybe you just kind of move these values back and forth just to kind of create some weird effects or maybe you have a couple of background textures and you are transitioning between them and you are not really transitioning between them so much as just kind of creating an interesting look. Let's say, for example, I am going to delete the Block Dissolve here, apply Radial Wipe. I will open this up and increase Transition Completion, and Radial Wipe is kind of like a radar type thing. So maybe we want to have like a cutaway where we are seeing both her paper and her face.

So she is tired, so we have like 24 alike cutaway here, and maybe we will Feather that, so it's a little bit softer. And with the transitions here as the effects, we don't have to change anything. We don't have to animate this if we don't want to. So we can just have these two cuts, like this where we are seeing her head and the paper at the same time. So that's kind of a cool little interesting option. Now perhaps the most powerful of all the transition effects is the Gradient Wipe.

The Gradient Wipe effect allows you to use a third layer as a gradient to tell it when to dissolve what. Now, it's a little bit confusing and this is probably the most advanced mind numbing thing that we've covered in this training series so far, but stay with me. It's worth it. I will apply the Gradient Wipe effect to the hand for cutaway DJ clip and, just very briefly, I am going to show you this grunge background.psd file. It's just a simple Photoshop document that I made. I flattened it so it's just a still image.

And this is one a video track and it's hidden. We don't have to see the layers we are going to use these gradients. I want you to just kind of memorize the shape, memorize the brightness, that it's kind of bright around the edges and there are some little splotches of gray and then some dark black ink splatter in the middle, remember that. I am going to turn this visibility of this layer off, go back to the hand for cutaway DJ and open up the Gradient Wipe effect. Now, as we select Transition Completion, we really don't see too much of what's going on. So, I'm going to take the Gradient layer from Video 2 to Video 3.

Now as I increase Transition Completion, you will see that we are animating from the darkest parts of the grunge background that we had. It's using that as kind of a guide as to what pixels to remove in what order. So as you can see, the pixels that were the darkest in our Photoshop document are being removed first, they are being eaten away first, and then the gray pixels, and you can see these little splatters on the edges, the gray pixels, and finally the bright ones leave.

Now, again what's cool about this is we don't have to finish the transition. We can use this just as a mat, and so as we are playing this back, we can use this as kind of a hole that we're seeing beneath the layer. So in this way, we can create these really interesting complex masks from stuff that we made using tools in Photoshop, or we could just transition this a little bit and then play some of our movie and then animate it to finish splattering on or whatever we want it to have happen. Now if you use this Gradient Wipe effect powerfully, if you use it intelligently, you can create some really interesting stuff.

I have seen somebody used like a blueprint effect. So like somebody who was with a video building stuff going on, somebody had like a gradient blueprint and so they used Transition Completion, and they looked like it was kind of building on the next clip. It was very cool. I should also point out as with a lot of these transition effects, there is a Transition Softness which you can use to kind of feather the edges a little bit, to make that seem less hard edged if you want to go that route. But as you can see, some really interesting results that you can't get from the regular Premiere transitions, just a little bit more intelligent and yes, a little bit more work, but if you use this stuff in really creative ways, you can come up with some amazing stuff for your projects.

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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. What's new in the dot release
      57s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 18s
  2. 18m 54s
    1. Capturing ambient audio
      3m 12s
    2. Getting plenty of coverage
      1m 48s
    3. Telling a story with camera angles
      3m 18s
    4. The 180 degree rule
      2m 13s
    5. Framing shots
      3m 25s
    6. Allowing "emotional space"
      1m 40s
    7. Overcranking and time lapse
      3m 18s
  3. 11m 38s
    1. Why is metadata important?
      1m 40s
    2. Browsing and adding metadata
      6m 4s
    3. Creating metadata with Speech Search
      3m 54s
  4. 33m 12s
    1. When to cut
      7m 38s
    2. Avoiding bad edits
      9m 17s
    3. Using emotional cutaways
      1m 53s
    4. Fixing problems with cutaways
      3m 53s
    5. Pacing edits
      3m 49s
    6. Matching action
      4m 14s
    7. The power of suggestive editing
      2m 28s
  5. 26m 31s
    1. Contrasting targeting and selecting
      3m 17s
    2. Copying and pasting clips
      2m 36s
    3. Replacing clips
      4m 8s
    4. Editing to music
      5m 0s
    5. Using sample rate for precise editing
      5m 34s
    6. Creating J and L cuts
      3m 33s
    7. Working with subclips
      2m 23s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Ingesting media
      1m 39s
    2. Examining P2 file structure
      1m 31s
    3. Importing P2 files with the Media Browser
      5m 15s
    4. Converting DVCPRO HD to standard 720p
      2m 52s
  7. 38m 11s
    1. Using the Reference Monitor
      3m 0s
    2. Using scopes
      8m 33s
    3. Primary color correction
      10m 11s
    4. Secondary color correction
      8m 28s
    5. Creating a vignette
      2m 28s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      5m 31s
  8. 37m 19s
    1. Censoring video
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a waving flag
      6m 5s
    3. Creating a lens flare
      3m 36s
    4. Creating background textures
      6m 19s
    5. Playing with time
      6m 4s
    6. Using transition effects
      6m 13s
    7. Working with presets
      3m 32s
  9. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a garbage matte
      3m 56s
    2. Removing green screen
      5m 6s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 32s
    4. Nesting sequences
      2m 56s
  10. 15m 27s
    1. Creating 3D reflections
      5m 0s
    2. Creating growing vines
      5m 52s
    3. Creating a track matte
      2m 39s
    4. Using the History panel
      1m 56s
  11. 42m 25s
    1. Censoring audio using bleeps
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding sample rate
      3m 0s
    3. Normalizing audio across multiple clips
      5m 7s
    4. Recording audio
      2m 24s
    5. Removing audio problems with Soundbooth
      5m 43s
    6. Working with VST plug-in effects
      2m 3s
    7. Mixing audio
      8m 20s
    8. Changing volume over time
      5m 22s
    9. Working with surround sound
      5m 10s
  12. 23m 52s
    1. About this project
      2m 26s
    2. Performing preliminary edits
      2m 35s
    3. Working with multi-camera footage
      7m 27s
    4. Creating a visual "stutter"
      3m 12s
    5. Adjusting color
      8m 12s
  13. 6m 28s
    1. Transferring projects to another machine
      3m 24s
    2. Removing unused footage
      3m 4s
  14. 25m 46s
    1. Choosing a format
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding spatial compression
      2m 5s
    3. Understanding temporal compression
      4m 19s
    4. About HD standards
      5m 46s
    5. Changing footage interpretation
      2m 17s
    6. Getting the film look
      5m 44s
  15. 27m 10s
    1. Working with After Effects
      5m 56s
    2. Creating titles in After Effects
      5m 39s
    3. Working with Photoshop files
      2m 29s
    4. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 2s
    5. Working with OnLocation
      3m 12s
    6. Working with Encore
      4m 27s
    7. Introducing Adobe Story for pre-production
      3m 25s
  16. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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