To make your video rock you will need a video editor with transitions and amazing video clips you want to add transition effects to. Technically, you can add a cool effect in 5 simple steps if you toss in downloading and installing the app itself.
Step 1 – Pick your weapon
If this is the first time you’re doing it on Windows 10 or you’re not satisfied with your editor, you can go to the Microsoft Store on PC, or an alternative if you prefer Mac, iOS, or Android, to download a video editing software. Other than the difference in price/support, they should be rather similar in terms of functionality. Checking the number of reviews and score will help you to save a lot of time! We’re focusing on using Animotica as top 1 movie maker app in Microsoft Store.
Install the app on your PC and launch it.
Step 2 – Kick-start your first video project
Launch the app, and click on “New Project”. You can also access quick tools from the first screen in case if you need to do some other changes to your video first.
Choose the aspect ratio that goes along with your needs: widescreen for YouTube, vertical for Instagram/IGTV, etc. or simply pick the dimensions.
Step 3 – Add the content
Add a couple of clips you’ll be transitioning through. Alternatively, you can add one clip and split in into several pieces.
Note, that you will need provide an access to your files for the app.
Step 4 – Pick the place for your video transition
If you want to apply the same transition effect to all your files, navigate to Project Settings.
If you want to add a video transition between any two slides, click on the square icon between them.
Step 5 – Pick the best video transition option
You’ll be presented with a list of amazing options to choose from. Pick the transition that fits your needs most.
Make sure to adjust a proper transition speed as well (Duration of the Transition).
That’s it. You are done.
Making a professional transition in high-quality video content is a bit more complex though. It takes a fair amount of skill and experience because aside from knowing how to add an effect, you need to be sure on the why, and the where.
Without further ado, here is a handful of our favorite tips for making a seamless transition like a pro.
Video Transition Tips
Don’t overthink it
Keeping the transition simple makes it look more polished and professional. Fancy video effects tend to look cheap or worse yet, pretentious.
Let’s set things clear. Your goal, as a video editor, is not to show off your exquisite skills. You are here to do a convincing job – getting your point across a cohesive, compelling video.
- Fading to black gets the job done in 9 cases out of 10.
- Cross dissolve handles the rest.
Don’t get this wrong. Nobody is saying you can’t use an edgy, flamboyant effect. It’s just that you need a serious artistic reason to use it.
Don’t overuse it
You can’t avoid using a scene transition if you are creating visual content in 2019. That said, you can’t stuff your video full of them without any particular reason other than the fact that they look cool.
Think about transition placement wisely. Use them to either:
- Create a speed loop to visualize a lasting process
- Move from one setting to another
- Change the focus of the video
Avoid using transition effects for anything else.
So far, all we’ve done was setting up the ground rules. That said, who are we to limit your creative genius?
Animotica has dozens of sweet transition effects for a reason – all of them have a unique purpose you are yet to explore. Play around with them, test the waters, and then go for the one making into the final cut.
As for the how, you’ll need to either upload several video clips or cut one into pieces, which is possible by Splitting your video.
Yes, it’s really that simple. At least from a technical point of view, it is.
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