How to Add Transitions in Premiere Pro

November 23, 2022

Summary :

Premiere Pro is a very professional desktop video editing software that you can use to add some transitions to your videos to make your videos smoother. In this article, you will learn how to add transitions to Premiere Pro to improve the viewability of your videos.

How to Add Transitions in Premiere Pro
How to Add Transitions in Premiere Pro

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Transitions are used to bridge between two videos or clips to make them smoother. Therefore, whenever you want to edit a video, then you will use some transitions. These transitions will not only increase the coherence of your video but also make your video more stunning. Adobe Premiere Pro, a professional desktop video editing software that almost everyone knows, has a huge library of transitions, and many of them are very advanced. Read on for detailed steps on how to add transitions in Premiere Pro.

You can learn more about the functions with this overall review of Adobe Premiere Pro.

How to Add Transitions in Premiere Pro

Step 1. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro

However, this program is paid software, so you need to spend $20.99 (per month) to download and get Premiere. After downloading, open Premiere Pro by clicking the logo on your desktop.

Download and Open Adobe Premiere Pro

Download and Open Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 2. Create a New Video Project

There are three ways you can add the video you want to edit to Premiere Pro. The first one is that you can click the Project button on the left side of the main interface and select Import, you will be able to select the video in the pop-up folder. The second is that when you select the bottom right corner of the media panel you will find it framed, right click on the selected location and select Import to add the video. Or you can click Media Browser in the media panel and all the files on your computer will be displayed and you can find the video by the right path to add it.

Import the Video to be Edited in Premiere Pro

Import the Video to be Edited in Premiere Pro

Step 3. Place It Into the Timeline Panel

Once you have successfully added the video to the Media panel, you can drag it to the Timeline panel with the left mouse button. At this point, you will see the preview panel above will show the video you dragged in.

Place it in the Timeline Panel and Wait for Editing in Premiere Pro

Place it in the Timeline Panel and Wait for Editing in Premiere Pro

Step 4. Cut the Video

Since the transition is a transition effect applied between two videos, we need two clips. If you uploaded two videos when you uploaded the footage then you can ignore this step. If you want to add a transition to a video, then you need to cut the video. The most common and easiest way to do this is to select and cut directly through the Razor Tool. Or you can select the video on top of the timeline, then move the Timeline Slider to the location where you want to add the transition and hold Ctrl+K on your keyboard to cut that location.

Cut Video in Premiere Pro

Cut Video in Premiere Pro

Step 5. Bring Up the Effects Ribbon

At this point, you are all set and ready to start adding transitions. But first, you need to see that you have an Effects panel on the main screen that you opened. If not you need to bring up the Effects panel by checking Effects in the Window Tab or you can just use the keyboard shortcut Shift+7 to bring up the Effects panel with one click.

Make the Effects Panel Active in Premiere Pro

Make the Effects Panel Active in Premiere Pro

Step 6. Add Transitions

Click Effects, and you will see two categories of Transitions – Audio Transitions and Video Transitions. select Video Transitions, choose the transition you like to add, and you can preview the transition effect in the preview window. Drag the mouse over to add the transition directly to the video. These 12 websites provide you with free Premiere Pro Templates downloading.

Add Transitions in Premiere Pro

Add Transitions in Premiere Pro

Step 7. Customize the Transition

Click the transition effect box on top of the timeline, you will see the display of each parameter of the effect in the upper left panel. You can adjust the moving direction, duration, edge width, border color, etc. of the transition effect with a simple mouse click. Of course, you can also set the duration directly by dragging the effect box above the timeline with the mouse.

Adjust the Specific Parameters of the Transitions in Premiere Pro

Adjust the Specific Parameters of the Transitions in Premiere Pro

Step 8. Delete or Change Transitions

What should you do if you want to delete a transition that you have already added? Here are two ways for you to do it. First of all, you can select the transition effect box above the timeline and clear it by tapping the backspace key on your keyboard. Or tap the right mouse button and click Clear to delete it. At this point, you can simply add another transition effect and change it.

Clear the Added Transitions in Premiere Pro

Clear the Added Transitions in Premiere Pro

Step 9. Save the Video

When you have finished setting up all the Transitions, you can click the Play button to view your video in the Preview panel. If you don’t need to change anything again, you can click the Export button in the upper right corner to save the video.

Export the Finished Video from Premiere Pro

Export the Finished Video from Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro Transition Ideas

1. Fade In & Fade Out

Fade In/Out can be considered one of the most common and best-used transitions. It is so conventional that it is suitable for almost all types of videos. So if you are a new editor, this transition can quickly get you started. By making specific adjustments to the effect, you can make your video more layered and hazy in a few simple steps.

2. Zoom

Zoom is a transition effect that is more suitable for sports videos or camera-switching videos. You can use this transition to give a “close-up” of the object you want to highlight, such as your sports equipment, leg movements, featured buildings, etc. You can also use this transition to give a “close-up” of the object you want to highlight. However, when applying this transition you need to be careful – several different scenes in the shot are necessary.

3. J-Cut

J-Cut is also a very popular transition for editors. Likewise, its application is very wide and common. However, the prerequisite for adding this transition is two videos with audio, because it is achieved by editing, moving, and overlapping the audio. If you are a fan of vlogging and recording, this transition will be perfect for you.

4. Cross Dissolve

Cross Dissolve is a very natural transition. It’s great for slow-motion scene switching. It will make your previous shot slowly fade while presenting the next shot, and then the transparency of the previous shot will become less and less until it disappears. This switch will give people a very deep and subtle feeling. If you want to create a suspenseful effect, maybe it will suit you.

5. Spin

Spin is an effect of transition or scene switching through the rotation of the camera. It can give your video a unique style. If you take a lot of photos or shots of different locations during your travels, then you can achieve a scene shift through this transition. However, because this transition is rotating, adding too much can lead to the consequences of vertigo.

FAQs

How Do I Import a Transition Preset?

Preset transitions can greatly facilitate your editing process. You can import a preset transition by following these steps: Window > Workspace > Effects > Presets > Import Presets.

Which Transition Is Best for Video Editing in Premiere Pro?

When you are editing a video you will want to find the best transition to finish your video. The following transitions are popular and recommended: FilmImpact, Motion Array, Video Hive, and Coremelt.

Can I Add Transitions Without Premiere Pro?

Since Premiere Pro is paid software, is there a free video editor that allows you to add transitions to your videos? FilmForth allows you to add quality and smooth transitions to your videos and is a piece of free video editing software. You can learn the detailed steps to add transitions in this article (with a detailed image demo)

Conclusion

By adding transitions to your video you can make an otherwise mediocre video more professional and unique. Of course, you need to be aware that the style of the transition you add needs to be consistent with the overall style of your video. Otherwise, it will look abrupt and confusing. Also, it’s best not to pile up too many transitions in a video, as this will make it look cumbersome and reduce the viewability of your video.

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