In this video, learn how to create easy transitions between clips and scenes.
- [Instructor] Sometimes you might want to do something fancier than a simple cut from one shot to the next. This might be fading to black at the end of your project or dissolving from one location to another. Or perhaps even using more elaborate wipes and animations. These are all called transitions. Hitfilm has numerous transitions built in, which are very easy to use. To find them, you need to switch to the Effects panel. As long as you're still using the default interface layout, take a look next to the Media panel's title.
You'll see that there are other tabs, just like when you're using a web browser. One of these is called Effects. Click its title to switch to it. In here, you'll find a load of folders containing all kinds of exciting and tempting things. By all means, explore as many of these as you want. But right now, scroll down until you find the Transitions Video folder. Click the little triangle to open it up. Inside, you'll find another bunch of sub-folders. All transitions work in the same way, so let's take a look at an example.
To start, you'll want to have two clips on your timeline, next to each other. Make sure the clips have been trimmed, at least by a second or two, so that you've got some spare frames either side of the cut. These buffer frames will be used during the transition. Now open up the Dissolve folder and click and drag the Cross Dissolve transition onto the cut between the two clips. You'll see a green preview box indicates three possible locations for the transition. Drop it into the middle slot so that it straddles both clips equally.
If you play the video, you'll now find that the first clip fades softly into the second. This is called a cross dissolve. You can adjust the timing of the transition by dragging on its left and right edges, just like when you trim a video clip. Let's take a look at another transition. I'll select that cross dissolve and press the delete key to remove it from the timeline. Back in the Effects panel, open up the Wipe folder and add a linear wipe. This creates a simple wipe from left to right. This transition has additional settings, which you can access in the Controls panel.
Move your play head to halfway through the transition so that you can see what the controls actually do. And do make sure you've got the transition selected on the timeline so that its controls are appearing in the Controls panel. The direction wheel is used to change the angle and trajectory of this wipe. This way you can have diagonal wipes, vertical wipes, or right-to-left wipes. To adjust a setting in Hitfilm, you can drag on the main control widget, in this case, the big wheel here, or you can drag on the number value itself or you can click on the numbers, then type in something specific.
The feather property adjusts the softness of the line between the two clips during the wipe. Increasing the feather creates a softer edge. If you have multiple transitions on the timeline in different places, clicking on one of them will display its controls in the Controls panel. If you change your mind and want to swap to a different transition, you don't actually need to delete the transition first. All you need to do is drag the new transition on top and it will replace whatever is already there. You can also apply transitions to clips even if there isn't an adjacent clip.
So if I add a cross dissolve to the end of this second clip, it will then transition into nothing and disappear. The black and gray checkerboard pattern simply means that this frame is transparent. This will normally end up being black when you export your project to a new video. There are lots of other transitions to explore. And, although Hitfilm's selection are considerably more tasteful than many other video editors it's worth pointing out that transitions should be used sparingly and only when they serve a specific need. Overuse of transitions can lead to your videos looking cheesy, or like they've tumbled out of a 1980s music video.
It's actually very rare to see anything except cross dissolves, these days. But, as always, use your creative instincts, as you'll know what's best for your specific project.
- Getting started with HitFilm Express
- Setting up a camera and lighting
- Making a shooting checklist
- Shooting on a green screen
- Transferring from camera to computer
- Converting video formats
- Importing videos into HitFilm
- Using essential editing techniques
- Using multiple tracks
- Making color corrections
- Working with keyframes and composite shots
- Creating titles and lower-third captions
- Exporting and sharing video