Fade-in and fade-out effects are every video editor’s trump card. They make for seamless scene transitions, help certain elements pop on the screen, and are generally quite enjoyable to the viewer’s eye.
Think of them as the video editing equivalent of pulling a rabbit out of the hat – magic!
That said, they are definitely not the simplest trick in the book. Going too far or fading too soon can devastate the entire impression of the video you’ve worked so hard on.
You might want to add the same transition effect between all of your video clips (see how to do it at the end of this blog), or different transition effect between any two clips.
How does one pull these effects off? More importantly, how do you pull them off right?
Adding the fade-in and fade-out effects to your video
For starters, you’ll need a decent application to edit your videos. We suggest you give Animotica a shot. It is 100% free, no strings attached (other than an its watermark). It’s also the most popular app for editing on the Microsoft store. Lastly, it makes adding the fade-in and fade-out effects easy.
Now that you’ve filmed the video and downloaded the application, its time to make the magic happen.
1. Create your video project
Launch the app and create a new project. You can double click on the Animotica icon, or you can launch it from the Start menu.
2. Upload the video or images
Upload your video and break it into scenes using the handy ‘Split’ slider below. Or you can upload a couple of videos or images from the get-go.
3. Place your fade away spot
Select a clip that will kick off the effect. Then press the plus button and add a color clip. The color clip will become your special fade away spot.
4. Add the transaction effect
All that’s left for you to do is to add the opacity transition.
You might also want to consider Fade Black / White transition effects.
Pro Tip. Apply fade in/out effect to all of your clips at once.
Adding Fade In/Out Effect to Your Audio
You can add the fade-in or fade-out effect to your audio file to add an extra layer of professional polish, but that’s a whole separate story.
1. Select Audio
Click ‘Audio’ on the main screen of your project or upload audio file from your desktop.
2. Apply Fade In/Out and Set up Duration
Select the audio you added and click on Volume. Be aware, that Fade Out will not work if the duration of the audio is more than the duration of the clip. If so, you will need to trim your audio first (just click on it and select ‘Trim’) and then to apply Fade Out effect.
From this menu you can easily pick the right duration to fade in/out your audio file.
That’s it. You are done, and yes, it’s really that simple. All that’s left for you to do is to share your creating with the world. Make sure to click on those sweet social sharing buttons after the rendering is done.
Doing it right
Speaking of underdoing the effect, making the transition too fast, or painstakingly slow, here are a few tips that can serve as your first stepping stones for ongoing experimentation.
- Start with adding a white color clip.
- Set the duration of the clip for 3 seconds.
- Set the duration for the opacity transition for 2 seconds.
This way you’ll definitely get a slick fade-in or fade-out effect that’s perfect for either changing the scene in the video or making it into a seamless loop.
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