Adobe Premiere: 5 Effects To Avoid

Using Adobe Premiere as an editing tool gives you the opportunity to try out many visual effects and transitions. This software is packed with features and tools that are good enough for professional projects. With the number of options available for the user, many beginner editors on Premiere might get carried away with the numerous transitions and special effects available. But, keep in mind that there are gaudy and amateur-looking effects out there. So, if you want your video to appear professional, here are some transitions and special effects on Adobe Premiere that you may want to avoid.

1. 3D Transitions

Adobe Premiere has a whole slew of transitions that you can use to move from one clip to the next. These are used mostly for avoiding jump cuts, signifying the passage of time, or piecing together two different scenes or settings. The most common and acceptable transition is the dissolve, but there are also many transitions that you may choose from depending on the treatment of your video. Whimsical clips may get away with the cross zoom, wipe and push.

3D Transitions, on the other hand, have no place in a professional video. Have you ever seen a 3D cube transition used on a corporate presentation? Or a fly-in of stars as a transition on a company website? If you want your video to be taken seriously, then stick to the simpler transitions. In terms of editing, sometimes less is more.

2. Lens Flare

This effect could have been big back in the 80s, but a digitally added lens flare no longer has a place in professional videos. Adobe Premiere still has the option of adding lens flare, controlling its movements, and even adjusting its size. But, if you're tempted to add a moving lens flare across your title screen, be prepared to be considered nothing more than an amateur.

3. Flying Titles

Adobe Premiere's title tools also gives you option to manipulate the text. Though there are many ways to make your text appear - slide in, bounce in, fade up and more - there is one tempting title effect that you should not use. Title pages and texts that fly in individually are not often found in a professionally-made video. So, if you want your project to look sleek and current, make sure your titles don't look like they were made with Word Warp.

4. Solarize

Here is one special effect that doesn't seem to have a place and function. The solarize filter makes your video look like the colors were burnt and distorted. The only way the effect is acceptable is if it's used in a psychedelic music video. Otherwise, veer away from this filter.

5. White Flash

Here is another overused transition technique. Sometimes it is okay to use the white flash in between two clips, but only if it is used sparingly. After awhile, if used too often in an interview clip, it becomes too noticeable and jarring. Opt to use a B-Roll and video inserts instead. This will also make your project look more professional and well-made.

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