Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video FilmImpact, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Better Transitions.
- While there are many third partY manufacturers out there, I've chosen five to feature that offer transitions available for Premiere Pro. Each of these is cross-platform, which was an important decision when I selected them. I wanted to make sure that you had access to effects on all platforms. To start, let's explore Filmimpact. Filmimpact offers two different transition packs, although they may have more in the future. These packs offer some great high-quality transitions, but they're relatively small packs.
They're also reasonably priced. One of the reasons I recommend downloading these is that if you pull down the trial, you still get some actual transitions that continue to work. You'll note here that several of the transitions will continue to be free as you do the demo. This means that they're non-watermarked, so you can actually use these four transitions. Down here for the other pack, everything is a demo. So if you are interested in Transition Pack 2, you'll need to actually pick that up.
But all Premiere Pro editors will benefit from actually using the four free transitions. Let's switch over to Premiere Pro. I'm gonna go over the Effects panel here and from my video transitions, you'll see Filmimpact, and they've got two different packs, 1 and 2. I'm not gonna walk you through every transition, but I wanna show you some of the things that it does. For example, an Impact Blur Dissolve. So, in this case the title blurs out.
I like this 'cause it combines both the blur and the cross-fade. You'll note that you have controls for how much it blurs. And if it's a uniform blur or one that's more horizontal, with separate controlling on the vertical. Additionally, you can even have the exposure get brighter as it moves through the blur, and adjust the total duration of how much is a blur versus a dissolve.
There we go, and let's preview. And you see we have a nice transition there that creates both a stretch and a fade. And while I was able to do that effect before, this is a lot easier in that it's a single effect. Other types of transitions here are pretty cool. For example, Impact Chaos. Let's make this a little longer, double click, and set the duration for two seconds. What this does is splits the color channels apart and adds a little bit of a distortion transition, sort of a signal loss or stabilization.
Now, not the sort of thing motivated by this particular subject matter, but would work well for a high-impact promo or music video. You'll see here different patterns that you can choose from, and as you select them, you get a different look. Let's clear that out. And I'm a big fan of their Flash transition. It's a very natural looking type transition. So as it flares out, it creates a very nice blooming of the brighter areas first. With a little bit of a smooth transition there where you get some blow out and bleed between the different sections.
A very nice transition overall. And you have separate controls over the amount of glow, how blurry it does get. Maybe you don't want a lot of blur, but you do want an intense glow. And how soft does it get. So here it is with a harder effect, doing no blur and softness, but just a hard glow. And you see it creates a nice flash transition. Now all of these work quite well, and you can see the different options here.
Version 2 builds upon Version 1 and answers things like radial blurs, which will tend to push the image out with a spin. Or the ability to do a stretched ray type approach that moves through. Remember, all of these effects give you options here. So you could adjust the overall angle of that transition, the length of the rays, and how bright it gets. All of these will give you additional controls, so be sure to explore each effect in its entirety.
What I really like here is that the effects are quite fast. So let's do a heavy zoom here. Move that a little bit off-center. Note, it does support native options here like being able to click and move the middle point on your own. We'll pop that a little bit so it blooms. There we go. And let's see how much that moves. I like that.
And all of these, just like before, have the ability to move around. Now note, on some of these effects here, you'll see a setup panel. Clicking this will let you see that the effect is up to date. But it's important that you check from time to time, because as Premiere Pro updates or your GPU updates, there might be a new release for the effect. Also important to note, that because you can highlight one of these effects, you'll note that it does support saving a preset. So unlike the built-in options that Premiere Pro offers where you can't save transition presets, you can with this third party tool.
It supports the newer type of transition, so as long as you highlight the effect, you can actually save your own presets and choose to include the duration timing in that preset that you store. We covered how to save and manage presets earlier, I just think it's important to note that this particular type of categories, the transitions here from Filmimpact, do support the option of storing custom effect presets for transitions that behave as native transitions between clips.
Because of their speed and flexibility and the ability to store presets, I think that this is at least worth downloading the trial and seeing if it works into your particular style of project.
- Applying transitions between clips
- Positioning transitions in the Timeline
- Customizing default transitions
- Trimming shots
- Combining effects and transitions
- Creating a blur transition
- Creating and applying custom gradients
- Saving transition presets
- Working with third-party transition plugins like Red Giant and CoreMelt