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Chapter 8. Advanced Editing > Adding Transitions

Adding Transitions

In video a transition is simply a way to get from point A (the end of one clip) to point B (the beginning of the next clip). If you’ve edited your program properly, a simple cut is most often the best choice to use for a transition.

During the concert segments of our program, we can use cuts between synced camera angles. To move from the concert into an interview segment, a dissolve is more appropriate. The use of an animated transition is often reserved to indicate a change in time or space (and softens the abruptness of a cut).

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Although these two standards will work in most cases, there are a variety of transitions you can use in a program to solve problems. For example, a Bloom transition tightens up abrupt cuts in an interview when no b-roll footage is available. You can use a more dramatic animated wipe to transition between two distinct segments in a longer video. Audio transitions are equally important. Some of these include fade-in, fade-out, and crossfade (dissolve) to smooth rough audio edits. The best rule of thumb is less is more. Most of your transitions should be cuts and dissolves.


  

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