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Using transitions effectively

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Video: Using transitions effectively

Okay, so in my last movie, I basically give you the charge to go out and play with those video transitions and see what you can come up with, just kind of experiment and explore, play around. That's all fine and good. The problem is that many new users to Premiere come up with final projects that look like this. (Music playing) (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery.) (Male speaker: Plenty of places to ride.) (Male speaker: Beautiful weather.) (Male speaker: It just doesn't get any better than this.) Okay, so you noticed that there are all these crazy transitions from every clip.

Using transitions effectively

Okay, so in my last movie, I basically give you the charge to go out and play with those video transitions and see what you can come up with, just kind of experiment and explore, play around. That's all fine and good. The problem is that many new users to Premiere come up with final projects that look like this. (Music playing) (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery.) (Male speaker: Plenty of places to ride.) (Male speaker: Beautiful weather.) (Male speaker: It just doesn't get any better than this.) Okay, so you noticed that there are all these crazy transitions from every clip.

So first, there is like this Center Split, and then there is the Page Peel, the ever-popular Page Peel. And then we have the Cube Spin. We have an Iris Diamond, then we have Barn Doors. These are all just default transitions found here in the Video Transitions category, not changed or altered by me in any way. It's just the default settings. The problem with this is this is very distracting. Again, as we've been talking about that the entire training series, we as editors are storytellers. So everything that we do needs to have a purpose.

It needs to support the greater story being told here. We are trying to get people to go to this Explore California website and purchase travel from them. So, how do these Barn Doors support that? How does this Iris Diamond support that and this Cube Spin? So, oftentimes again, a lot of people that are new to these transitions will go crazy and use these effects just because it feels good to use them and say, hey, look what I can do with my computer. But what is this Page Peel doing for the story that we're trying to tell? Here's the ultimate test that you can ask yourself to see if you're using a transition effectively.

If you are wondering between whether you should use some cool-looking effect like a Page Peel or some other cool- looking effect like the Center or Split here, then you don't need either one, because if you're not using it to tell a story effectively, again, it doesn't matter. You might want to use the Page Peel if you had an author and you're looking at a book. So he turns the page and so you might want to turn the page as well, or turn the page to the next scene if you wanted to do that. Because that would kind of go with what is happening in the story.

But even then, when you use these big what are called wipes, where you have like these big things where like some thing is coming in and very significantly changing the shot, as you move from one to the next, that's referred to as a wipe. So, most of these are referred to as wipes here, and they are very jarring as you're watching a video. They take you out of this and instead of thinking about Explore California I started thinking about the Cube Spin. I might like it, I might hate it, but that's where my focus goes. I don't think about buying stuff from this company anymore.

I'm now thinking about the Cube Spin or the Iris Diamond. Even if I love the effect, I'm still talking about the effect and not the company. That's not what you want. Most of the time, we just use the big old Cross Dissolve effect that we talked about before. Cross Dissolve, again, is that one word. It fades out from one to another. As we talked about earlier in this training series, when we talked about artistically editing, dissolves can show a passage of time or of distance. Basically, it's saying like meanwhile, such and such is happening, or if we want to show again a soft transition between one clip to the next to make it little bit more relaxing, then that's something you could do as well.

But the Cube Spin, you're going to have to try really hard to find a good artistic purpose to use that Cube Spin. Now, there were times in "Star Wars," if I go down to the Wipe area and then just grab Wipe, and I'll just go ahead and drag-and-drop it on the Cube Spin, which will actually replaced the Cube Spin, so I don't need to delete it, which I could do by selecting in the transition and hitting Delete. But if I just drag-and-drop a new transition on an old transition, it will trade them out. There were several times in "Star Wars" when there was a wipe used.

Now, this is typically a very big no-no. This is not something that you ever want to do in a movie. But George Lucas used a huge wipe like this to show a huge distance in space, so that his world was so big that just a regular cross dissolve from one world to another planet in the "Star Wars" scheme of things, that was a huge transition. So, that's why he used a wipe. So he had a real purpose. You might say that it didn't really work, but still he used them with a purpose.

If you are going to use a wipe or something that can really jar the viewer, take them out of the scene, then make sure you do so very wisely and with serious intent.

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  1. 4m 1s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. What is Premiere Pro CS5?
      1m 41s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 25s
  2. 16m 44s
    1. The Premiere Pro workflow
      2m 21s
    2. Adding footage to the Timeline
      2m 19s
    3. Understanding timecode
      3m 3s
    4. Making basic edits
      5m 15s
    5. Getting familiar with the interface
      3m 46s
  3. 21m 59s
    1. Setting up a new project
      3m 48s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 30s
    3. Capturing and ingesting footage
      2m 51s
    4. Importing files
      5m 23s
    5. Sorting and organizing clips
      4m 27s
  4. 33m 19s
    1. Making a rough cut
      4m 0s
    2. Making preliminary edits
      4m 55s
    3. Creating overlay and insert edits
      4m 16s
    4. Using video layers to add B-roll
      3m 47s
    5. Using ripple edits and ripple delete
      3m 1s
    6. Performing slip edits
      2m 54s
    7. Using the Razor tool
      3m 51s
    8. Moving edit points
      3m 47s
    9. Navigating efficiently in the Timeline
      2m 48s
  5. 28m 45s
    1. The job of an editor
      2m 59s
    2. When to cut
      5m 54s
    3. Avoiding bad edits
      6m 31s
    4. The pacing of edits
      3m 47s
    5. Using establishing shots
      2m 44s
    6. Using emotional cutaways
      2m 1s
    7. Fixing problems with cutaways
      2m 48s
    8. Matching action
      2m 1s
  6. 21m 38s
    1. Using markers
      3m 31s
    2. Replacing clips
      2m 36s
    3. Exporting a still frame
      1m 51s
    4. Creating alternate cuts
      1m 25s
    5. Rearranging clips in the Timeline
      2m 15s
    6. Targeting tracks
      2m 32s
    7. Disconnecting audio and video
      5m 0s
    8. Reconnecting offline media
      2m 28s
  7. 9m 46s
    1. Adjusting the rubber band
      3m 13s
    2. Adjusting clip position
      1m 21s
    3. Moving the anchor point
      2m 50s
    4. Adjusting clip size and rotation
      2m 22s
  8. 8m 15s
    1. Changing the speed of a clip
      1m 58s
    2. Using the Rate Stretch tool
      1m 57s
    3. Playing a clip backward
      4m 20s
  9. 10m 26s
    1. Understanding pixel aspect ratio
      5m 15s
    2. Understanding frame rates
      2m 15s
    3. About HD standards
      2m 56s
  10. 10m 32s
    1. Using layered Photoshop files
      2m 31s
    2. Animating clip position
      3m 33s
    3. Fading layers in and out
      4m 28s
  11. 12m 40s
    1. Applying transitions
      6m 2s
    2. Using transitions effectively
      4m 41s
    3. Setting up the default transition
      1m 57s
  12. 38m 31s
    1. The importance of ambient audio
      6m 35s
    2. Cutting video to music
      7m 38s
    3. Changing audio volume over time
      9m 55s
    4. Fixing audio problems
      9m 57s
    5. Censoring audio
      4m 26s
  13. 16m 25s
    1. Creating censored video
      5m 22s
    2. Creating a lens flare
      2m 20s
    3. Creating a logo bug
      3m 27s
    4. Creating background textures
      5m 16s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Intro to compositing
      1m 11s
    2. Removing a green screen background
      9m 14s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      2m 58s
  15. 22m 37s
    1. Adjusting white balance
      2m 24s
    2. Increasing contrast
      3m 5s
    3. Adjusting luminance
      4m 30s
    4. Creating cinematic color
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a vignette
      3m 12s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      4m 5s
  16. 16m 5s
    1. Creating titles
      4m 55s
    2. Creating a lower third
      9m 12s
    3. Animating rolling credits
      1m 58s
  17. 14m 13s
    1. Exporting sequences from Premiere
      3m 57s
    2. Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder
      2m 13s
    3. The most common formats and codecs
      4m 42s
    4. Exporting portions of a sequence
      1m 54s
    5. Rendering letterboxed footage
      1m 27s
  18. 6m 46s
    1. Examining the other apps that come with Premiere
      4m 25s
    2. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 21s
  19. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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