Do you need to fade your video to black or any other color on your Windows 10 desktop? Worry not to! 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?
To ensure we’re on the same lane, let’s address the basics.
What is a video fade?
A video fade is a trick in videography that enables an image or video clip to gradually blend into (or appears out of) a color clip. This is a very simple presentation of the fade-out effect:
You can apply your video fades using a black or white color clip as background.
A video fade comes in two forms: fade in and fade out.
A fade-in refers to a technique that allows a video or image to slowly emerges out of a black or white color clip.
Conversely, a fade-out is a technique that allows a video or image to gradually blend into a black or white color clip.
How To Fade a Video on Windows 10? Four Steps to Magic!
For starters, you’ll need good software to edit your videos. If you use Windows 10, we suggest you give Animotica a shot. Animotica is smooth, easy, and fun to use. It’s also the most popular video editing app on Microsoft Store. You can install it for free to see how it works, and if you’d like to go all the way, you can get Animotica’s full features set at a decent price!
That said, here’s how you apply fade-in and fade-out effects to your videos. In this section, you’ll learn how to fade in from a black or white background, as well as how to fade out to a black or white background.
You can do this in these four easy steps:
- Create a new video project in the video editor
- Upload your video or images
- Select your fade spot and add a black or white color clip
- Apply an opacity transition
Clear as mud, right? Let’s break it down!
Step 1. Create a new 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. Once the app starts, hit on New Project.
Step 2. Upload the video or images
You can either upload your video and break it into scenes using the Split button, which has a scissors icon, or you can upload a couple of videos or images from the get-go.
Done? Now, it’s time to apply the fades.
Step 3. Select your fade spot
Select the clip that will kick off the effect. If you’d like to fade-in, press the plus (+) button on the left and hit add color clip.
You can either choose a black color clip, to fade in from black, or a white one, to fade in from white. Conversely, to fade out, you should press the plus (+) button on the right and select add color clip. The color clip will become your special fade in or fade out spot.
Pro Tip: Set your color clip’s duration to 3 seconds.
Step 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. Set the Duration of Transition to 2 seconds.
Use the play key to preview and make adjustments to the duration of the clips if you’d like something more personalized.
If you finish editing your masterpiece, click ‘Save’ button, choose the settings and after the rendering, your video will be downloaded.
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.
If you still have any questions, we’ve created this video guide for you!
Removing a Fade Effect or Transition
So, let’s say you’re in a very rare situation where you don’t like what you see, you can remove a fade effect and transition by following these easy steps.
Step #1. Hit the color clips on each side and select the trash icon. The transition effects will automatically go with the clips.
Step #2. If you’d like to take off just the transitions, you click on the transition box between the two clips.
Step #3. On the new transition menu, just select None. Voila!
Applying fades to your videos may seem like stuff for the pros. However, with these easy steps, you’ll find that just about anybody can do stuff like that. It takes just a little dab of creativity and a cool video editor. Let us know how it goes. We’d love to see what you’re able to accomplish with our guide.