Simple Transitions and SFX
Premier Pro is jam-packed with whizzbang effects, transitions, and audio filters. Today we’re gonna have a look at some simple and easy to use video transitions and effects that you can apply to your videos at home.
Adding transitions to videos can sometimes be distracting or cheap, so in most cases be relatively restrained from overloading your videos with transitions. But there are some useful transitions that you will no doubt use when cutting.
The most important one would be the dissolve transition. This can be applied for beginning or ending your videos by fading in or out.
If you navigate into the Effects panel and go to the subsection called “Video transitions,” you should see a dropdown folder simply marked “Dissolve.” From here you can drag-and-drop the Film Dissolve or Cross Dissolve transition straight onto the beginning or end of your clip. You can use this transition in between two clips to do what’s called a “crossfade.”
The audio counterpart to this transition is in the audio transitions folder, and you can use any of these three for fading in or out of audio, or crossfading to different audio clips. This smoothens the audio between a cut and eliminates the abrupt sound change that can happen between two clips.
Moving into the video effects folder you’ll see Premiere has lot of inbuilt tools to add visual flair to your videos. Some of these are standard, and others can get quite advanced. I would recommend you experiment and play around with some of these effects yourself to see what may be useful, or add to your video-making.
An essential video effect that you should be using what kind of videos you’re making, however, is the colour correction tools, and Premiere’s Lumetri filter has everything you need to control and modify the colour and brightness of your footage.
Once you’ve dragged and dropped the Lumetri filter onto your footage, select your footage in the timeline. Navigate to your source monitor and open a tab marked “Effects controls.” From here I’d recommend you start playing around with the basic correction tools, which allows you to spot-adjust brightness, darkness, adding a wash of colour, and changing colour temperatures and adding or decreasing saturation.
Sometimes the best thing to do to really make your visuals have more of a professional edge is to bump up the contrast, modify the saturation, or add a subtle tint or hue. There’s no one way to colour correct, but applying these key things in whatever way works for your footage is a great start.
The last thing we’ll cover is playing with time. Slowing down and speeding up your footage can be useful from video to video. The Rate Stretch Tool on the left panel of your timeline is the easiest way to change the speed of your clips, whether it be audio or video.
You can access it by clicking and holding over the Ripple Edit Tool, and then navigating to it, or by simply typing “R” on the keyboard.