Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating transition effects, part of Learning Premiere Elements 9.
The word transition in the context of editing systems like Priemer Elements, really just mean switching from one piece of media to another piece of media. And the most common form that this transition could possibly take in all media everywhere, has got to be a straight cut. And so I've got here three simple shots of people on the beach and as I drag through you can see, there's one shot, and that cuts to another shot, and that cuts to another shot. And those cuts, those straight cuts, are transitions.
But there are much more interesting transitions available in the Premiere Elements Application, and let's take a look at a couple now. So, first of all, I'm going to go to my Edit tab in the tasks panel and under the Edit tab, I've got Effects, Transitions, Titles and so on. I'm going to click on the Transitions category and maybe I'll go for something simple like a curtain. I'm just going to drag this directly into this icon. Between the first two shots and let go. And what you'll see there is a little icon that updates to show that there is a transition effect applied to it. In fact, I'm going to do the same effect maybe, yeah, I'll go for the same effect between the second and third clips.
This is a very simple sequence just to show you what's happening. Now let's have a look at these two transitions. I'm going to click back a little bit, and I press the spacebar to play, and let's have a look. There's our curtains, now just pause for a moment to explain that on this machine that I'm using, I'm working with MPEG transport stream media from a Navy CHD camera. Which is pretty difficult for computers to play back in the first place. When you combine that with special effects, like animated transitions, it can be a pretty big hit for the CPU in your computer.
So you can expect to have that jerky playback, which is generally referred to as dropping frames. So not all of the frames are being played back, per second. But at least you get an idea of the contents. Let's play this one a bit more. And there, now that's what I wanted to show you. And just pause that again. You'll notice, if I can Zoom out a little bit, if I drag through the first of these transitions. You'll notice that everything keeps moving. I'll just drag back and forth a little bit so you can see here.
In fact, I'll Zoom in a little bit. There we go. Just so you can see, as I drag, the camera is still moving as we go through that transition. See, the guys are still running, let's see their footsteps there, everything's still animated. If I jump onto the next shot, let's just Zoom out a little bit. And go back in. Now, as I drag through, look at that, it's a freeze frame. Now there's a reason why, during the transition between the second and third clip, it's a freeze frame rather than being moving during the first and second clip.
And the reason is, that transitions take place using the unused trimmed out media from your shots. And I happen to know because I kind of set up that way. But the first and second shots in this sequence, they've been trimmed. They've been reduced in duration, so that there's some left over media for the transition. But the second and third shots, that join there, there's not left over media. Now how can I tell that? Because right now I'm just this, is just mystic maxim knowing secretly well. It's, it's not a secret, I've set it up that way. A way I can check is to switch over to the timeline. And if I just expand the timeline a little bit here so you can see what's going on.
You see these red lines, they indicate too much work for the machine to play back, and there's going to be some frame dropping there. There is a fix for that, and you can render it, but just for now, we'll make do with the dropped frames. And you can see on the timeline I've got these icons that represent the transitions. Now, I'm going to undo, and I'm going to undo again so I can show you this important detail. If you want your transition effects, and there's loads of them here, loads and loads of transitions. I can drag through and through and through and through. All of these are special effects that will transition from one piece of video to another.
They're fantastic. If you want to apply one of those. And you don't have handles which is which is the word used to describe the left over media, or stuff that you trimmed off of your shots. Then you're going to get a still frame and I can see, here's my first shot, here's my second shot and just look at the corner, right where I'm wriggling my mouse cursor. The join between the two is clean. If I look at these two shots, just look at the corner.
I've got a little gray triangle. This is really small but look really closely. Just above the zero there on this shot. Up a bit, left a bit in the corner. Just above and to the right of the word opacity there's a little gray mark. And it's the same on the audio. There's a little gray corner on the green audio segment and a little gray one on the left of the second clip. And what those gray triangles tell me, is that I'm looking at the entire end of the shot there's no more media available. Look at the end here, I'm going to click to the end and Zoom in a bit, this is the end of this shot same thing I get the gray triangles. If I Click and Drag to trim off the end of the shot, no triangles. That's how you can tell.
It's pretty subtle, but that's how you can tell, if you've got all the media or not in the shot. You must not be using all of the shot, if you want to apply transition. I'll just Zoom out a little bit here. Because, where's the transition going to go? Transitions work by overlapping the unused portions of your shots. So, if I want to apply a transition in the timeline, rather than the scene line. Well, I could just Click, and Drag between the two shots, and when I let go, I'll just Zoom in a little bit, so you can see. There's my transition, I can drag through.
What is that? Across the Zoom between the two images. Zooming in and out from one to the other. If I want to fix this, well, there's no magic solution. All I can do is add some handles. I'm going to trim the end off of this clip and trim the beginning off of this clip. And let's just hope I didn't need those for my creative work. Now that I've done that let's have a look. Let's go for Page peel. I'll drag this down between the shots. And notice if I want to, I can position this at the end of the first shot, the middle of both shots, or at the beginning of the next one.
I'll stick this in the middle. And now you can see there's movement all the way through this transition effect. There's really not a lot more to know. About adding transitions other than clicking on them, trying them out, applying them to your media. And if you want to get rid of them, select them and hit the Delete key.
- Overview of the Premiere Elements interface
- Working with media files and capturing from tapes
- Creating a new project and understanding the options
- Arranging clips to make a movie
- Adding transitions and special effects
- Making titles and using graphics
- Using music and working with audio
- Sharing your movie