3 Types of Video Transitions

There are three main types of video transitions used by video editors today: the fade, the wipe, and the cut. These transitions help to blend one shot into another, and set up the next scene.

The fade is a very common transition that is used often at the beginning and end of a movie. A fade in starts with a black background that slowly fades in the scene, while a fade out fades out of the scene into a black background. The fade is used sparingly in a film, as it gives a grand entrance and exit with definite finality.

The wipe is a transition with a fairly vintage feel, per its use in many silent films. Wipes start with a shape that moves slowly through the frame as though it is attached to the previous scene. It transitions the new scene in on the other side of the shape.

The cut is a very simple, easy way to transition between shots. The first shot leads directly into the second, with little to no actual transition needed. This is used effectively in a lot of ways to make scenes feel fast-paced and amplify the intensity. A similar transition to the cut is the L cut, which lets you jump between video scenes while using the same audio as the previous scene. This lets you vary the video while maintaining the appropriate dialogue. This can be useful when capturing conversation between two subjects.

These are some popular ways to transition videos effectively and add to the mood of a scene. Check out our selection of over 13,000,000 royalty-free videos for your next video today.

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