How to Easily Add Smooth Transitions to Videos – Free and Easy Method

There are only 4 steps that you can easily learn to add transitions to a video in this post. A video tutorial that explains all the content about how to make transition videos is listed as well. Further reading and transition FAQs are introduced at the end of this post.

Wednesday March 16, 2022 1:46 PM PDT by Karen Greene
Transition Effects

Transition Effects

Video transition is a post-production video editing skill used by video content creators and filmmakers, it connects two video clips with a smooth transition effect to make the transition from one video to another less blunt and more natural. Adding smooth and eye-pleasing transition effects between split video clips, such as the fade-out transition, is one of the most-used methods that video creators these days edit their videos, in so doing, a video clip transits to another in a much more comfortable manner.

But how to make a transition video on Windows 10 or Windows 11? Well, that’s what I’m going to show you in this guide today, and you’ll learn the easiest way to do so for free!

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How to Add Transitions to Videos in Video Editor – Step by Step

Step 1. Get the Best Free Video Editor with Transition Effects

With so many editing apps available on the market, you’re probably wondering what would be the ideal tool for the job. Well, for this tutorial, we’re going to use FilmForth, a free Microsoft video editor which is the best video editor with 200+ smooth transition effects, video effects, animation overlay, video stickers, etc.

It’s free-to-use, easy for beginners, and watermark-free. Now hit the download button below to get it from the Microsoft store for free!

Step 2. Import Video Clips into the Transition Editor

Once FilmForth was installed, launch FilmForth and click the New Project button as shown below.

Create a new project

Create a new project

Drag and drop your video clips to FilmForth. You can make a transition between two different clips, but you can also cut a clip into different parts and make a transition between each of those parts.

Drag and Drop the Clips to FilmForth

Drag and Drop the Clips to FilmForth

Step 3. Add Smooth Transition to the Video

There are 2 ways that you can apply the transition effects to video clips. One is to insert transitions to two or more different video clips. The other is adding transitions in one media file.

If you wish to add a transition using only one file, then you’ll need to split it. To do so, start by positioning where you want to make the cut. For example, in this case, we’re going to make a cut in the middle of the video. So I’ll position there as shown below.

Split the Video Clip on FilmForth

Split the Video Clip on FilmForth

If you’ve done it correctly, your video in the timeline will now be split and have a square between the two parts of it. Then the joint where you split before will show up with a white new button.

Tap the Square and Choose Transition Effect

Tap the Square and Choose Transition Effect

Hit the button, and you can see all the transition effects FilmForth can provide. You’ll need to select the type of transition you wish to add, along with the duration.

Apply Transition Effect to the Video Clip

Apply Transition Effect to the Video Clip

Take into account that you can split your files as many times as you need, in any place you wish to. You just need to position the marker where you want to make another split and click on the Split button again. Just simple as that.

Once you’ve selected the type of transition and its duration, simply click the blue button arrow that’s located on the bottom left to go back to the timeline, and your video clips will now have a transition! A new mark will stick on the joint like below. If you change your mind and you wish to change the transition and its duration again, you can do so by simply clicking again on the square that’s between the clips.

Apply Transitions to the Video Clip

Apply Transitions to the Video Clip

Step 4. Save & Export the Transition Video

When you’ve finished applying a transition, simply click on the Save Video button and there will pop up a window that will ask you to set the video resolution, video quality, and frame rate. Once all is ready, tap the Save button and the export will start and that’s it!

Take into account that depending on its duration, you might need to wait a few minutes for this process to finish.

Tap Save to Export the Video

Tap Save to Export the Video

That’s it, your video is now ready. That’s how easy it is to apply a video transition with FilmForth.

So did you learn the methods to apply transitions to different video clips? It is much easier than applying transitions to one video clip. You don’t need to split the video, just tap the square button, choose the transition effects and apply them to the clips. That’s all.

What is a Video Transition Effect?

A transition effect is a post-production technique used in film or video editing to connect a clip or scene to the next.  A seamless transition can make the slideshow or video won’t look jumpy and amateurish but smooth and professional.

So what is a slide? Well, a slide is something that takes place on your editing timeline. It could be an image or a video clip. These slides are displayed one after the other in your timeline, so your goal when editing a video should be to make the transition from one slide to the next as smooth as possible.

Video Transition Tips to Keep in Mind

If you don’t know where and how to apply transitions, you may end up overdoing them. A mistake that will make you look like an amateur video editor.

So, here are some tips to help you decide where and how to apply them to achieve a professional look for your videos.

1. Keep It Simple

Unless you’re creating a Hollywood hit, you should stick to simplicity. In the end, a video is a way to give your message the highest impact possible, so you need to avoid distracting the viewer with flashy transition effects.

Plus, you generally don’t want people to notice your transitions as something that stands out. Ideally, they should flow with the rest of your footage. Therefore, sticking to simple transition types like a fade to black or a cross dissolve should get the job done well for most of your projects.

2. Consistency is Key

There are many types of transition effects, but that doesn’t mean you need to use all of them for your video. Make sure to be consistent when editing videos and stick to a maximum of two types of transition per video, to avoid confusing your audience.

Plus, using a different transition for every different scene is a common amateur mistake, so avoid it at all costs. Again, video transitions are not meant to stand out, but to help make the video flow smoothly.

3. Avoid Overuse

For your video to look good and professional you’ll need to add transition effects. Just don’t be that person that adds flashy transitions to every new section of the video. There is definitely a limit to how many you add.

Ideally, you should focus on using a few key transitions per video and the viewer should not even notice them. Stick to Using Transitions When:

  • Changing from one setting to another
  • Highlighting a change of direction or mood
  • Creating a speed loop to visualize a lasting process

The key to great transitions is to time your video edits well. Stick to using your transitions at the end of paragraphs, sentences, or sections, and avoid using them mid-sentence.

4. Keep It Smooth

This goes along with the first point. You see, when applying a transition, you need to make everything seem smooth and natural, not forced.

By keeping each transition smooth, your video won’t look jumpy, but polished. Doing so will help your viewers concentrate on the message you are trying to get across, rather than on who edited the video or the different types of effects you can see on it.

Video Editor Transitions: FAQs

1. What transitions are included in FilmForth?

At the moment, FilmForth offers more than 40 transition effects. And we’re keeping working on it and planning to update more asap. So more great transition effects will come in future updates!

2. Can I use Windows Movie Maker to make a video transition?

The simple answer, you can’t do video transitions with Windows Movie Maker. This is a question many people probably have, seeing that Movie Maker used to be a really popular tool for video editing (especially for beginners) back in the day, but it was removed and discontinued at the start of 2017, and it’s no longer available for Windows 10.

Another question people ask me is if they can use YouTube to edit their video and add a transition, and the answer is also negative. YouTube removed its editing toolset a few years ago, which means that if you wish to upload a video to YouTube, you should edit it before doing so.

That’s one of the main reasons I decided to create FilmForth since I wanted to give people a free editor of videos that would be simple to use and easy to work with (like Movie Maker used to be)… So why don’t you give it a try? I’m sure you’ll like it!

3. Can I make “professional” transitions with FilmForth?

Sure, yes! With more updates coming along, FilmForth can meet more and more needs. As it owns over 40 transition effects, basically it would full fill all kinds of transition needs, including the professional ones.

Also, FilmForth is a tool aimed at beginners and people who wish to edit their videos with simplicity. So no matter you are a skilled video maker or a new video editing learner, FilmForth would be a nice choice.

Most of us know Adobe After Effects or DaVinci Resolve. They are absolutely professional video editors. But be aware, unlike FilmForth, those editors are not simple to use. You may need a lot of time to understand how to use and operate them.

4. Are transition effects free in FilmForth?

Yes! Unlike other video editors that will charge you for using certain features, all transitions, filters, and other types of effects are free in FilmForth, and we plan on them to continue being that way. Ready to download it? You can do so by clicking the below button.

5. Can I do transition effects with Windows Photos?

No, you can’t add transition effects to videos with Windows Photos. Photos application on Windows is only for basic video editing needs, you’re advised to try free video editor FilmForth instead.


I hope you liked this tutorial on how to make a transition using the FilmForth video editor, it’s the best free video editor with transitions effects!  If you want more tips to help you take your videos to the next level, please visit our other articles where I go into detail about the different things you can accomplish with the FilmForth video editor, such as applying filters, rotating videos, and more.

In case you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments! Also, let us know what type of transition you’d like to see implemented into FilmForth.

As a side note, if you’re looking for a good video editor that includes transitions, but for Mac, I’d recommend iMovie. If you’re on mobile, then Inshot is what I’d recommend, a photos app that also has video editing and is available for both Android and iOS.


Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.

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