Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video A better cross-zoom, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Better Transitions.
- Let's explore two more transitions. In this case, we'll go back to the layered transition stack, and I'll start with a better cross-zoom. Now, I like to have a cross-zoom effect where things pop and then the other shot's revealed. For reference, you can make your own cross-zoom effect, but it often becomes pixelated. For example, it would look something like this. Let's just drop this shot down for a second. I'll turn the top track off.
And this is just for demonstration. You don't need to actually do this. I just want to show you how bad the built-in one is. Roll that over a little bit. And I'll apply Cross-Zoom. There it is. And I have a cross-zoom. One of the things I dislike about this effect, while it's fast and works well, it tends to get pretty pixelated, because there's no blurring or defocusing.
If you select that effect, you really have very little control. You'll note that you can adjust the duration, but to get better controls, set where it zooms. In this case, I'm going to say zoom into this bird's head and then pull back out right here. And when I apply that cross-zoom, you'll see it pops in one area and pulls out another. I like this, and it works well, but I wish it was a little softer.
Now if you want speed, this cross-zoom effect, by tweaking the center point, works pretty well, but if you want to refine it, I suggest you apply a little bit of blurring. What I'm going to do here is tweak it a little bit. Let's disable this top track here, and on the effect what I'll do is apply a blur. There we go. And let's just grab a Gaussian blur and apply that to both clips.
If we take a look at this here, pay close attention to where the effects are applied. What we're going to do is turn on the blur value. I've got it applied, and I'll go forward, and right about here, before it does the smash switch, I'm going to crank that up. So it gets more blurry in the middle of the transition. Now you'll notice in the middle of the effect it smashes and it has a blur to hide the pixelation as it punches in.
Looks a bit better. For another variation on this, you could explore the prebuilt one up top here, and you'll notice the same thing was done with the layered transition stack. In this case, I applied a heavier blur and was able to take advantage of additional controls. You'll note that this allows you to really keyframe everything, and so by keyframing position and scale, as well as the ability to right-click on those keyframes and add ease, you can really get a truly refined smash-zoom.
In any case, it's up to you. You can use the basic effect. Just be sure to customize where it zooms in. You can refine that basic effect by applying a Gaussian blur or a fast blur to each of the clips, just keyframing it so it syncs up with the transition. Or you can go back to the layered transition stack that I showed you upfront and really take precise control by using the pen tool and acceleration to create your own truly custom effect.
- 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