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Do you need to fade your video to black, white, or any other color on your Windows 10 desktop? We got you! 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.

So, 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 appear 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

fade-in refers to a technique that allows a video or image to slowly emerge out of a black, white, or colored background.

Conversely, a fade-out is a technique that allows a video or image to gradually blend into a black, white, or colored background. 

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

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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 or fade out using a black or white background, as well as how to fade in or fade out using a colored background. 

You can run a quick, basic fade using these four easy steps: 

  1. Create a new video project in the video editor 
  2. Upload your video or images 
  3. Select your desired clip
  4. Select the fade panel and adjust accordingly
  5. Save

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. 

create a new project in Animotica
Create a new project in Animotica

Step 2: Upload Your Video or Images

Just tap on Add Video/Photo Clips. From the pop-up that emerges, select Add Video or Photo Clips.

Add Video or Photo Clips in Animotica
Add Video or Photo Clips

This will take you to your PC’s storage area, navigate to where you’ve stored your video or images, select them, and hit Open. You can select multiple files by holding down the Ctrl button.

Done? Now it’s time to apply the fades.

Step 3: Apply your Fades

To apply the fade in/ fade out on a single clip:

  • Tap on the clip you want to apply the fades on. This will reveal a bunch of editing options.
  • Select Fade.
Fade a video in Animotica
Fade a video
  • On the new window, just adjust the Fade In/ Fade Out Duration slider to set when the clip should fade in or fade out. You can also choose between Fade In/Fade Out from white or black backgrounds.
Adjust Fade in/ Fade out

To apply fade in/fade out between two clips;

  • Select the transition icon between the two clips.
Add transition in Animotica
  • Select Fade Black or Fade White and adjust the Duration of the Transition slider.
Apply the Fade Black/ Fade White transition in Animotica
Fade Black/ Fade White

There’s more! You can fade in or fade out using a color of your choice—you don’t have to do it with black and white. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Tap on the clip you want to apply the fade to.
  • Click on the ‘+’ icon just before or after the clip, depending on where you want to apply your fade.
Add color clip in Animotica
Add Color Clip
  • From the pop-up, select Add Color Clip, and on the new window, tap on the pencil icon to reveal a set of colors you can use.
  • Once you’ve selected the color, add the Opacity transition and set the duration slider.
Add Opacity Transition in Animotica
Add Opacity Transition

That’s all! You’ve just the applied fade in/ fade out feature!

Pro Tip. Set the Duration of each 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. 

Finishing up

If you finish editing your masterpiece, click the ‘Save’ button, choose the settings, and after the rendering, your video will be downloaded.

video rendering in Animotica (white)
Video Rendering in Animotica

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. 

  1. Set the duration of the clip to 3 seconds.
  2. Set the duration for the opacity transition to 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! 

[Video tutorial] How to Fade in & Fade out?

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. Simply select the Fade Panel and drag the duration sliders back to zero.

Step #2. 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, you’ll find that just about anybody can learn how to fade a video on Windows 10 with these easy steps. 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. 


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