Final Cut Pro: 3 Amateur Transitions To Avoid

If you want to start out using transitions when using Final Cut Pro, then you will have to be careful to avoid creating the types of transitions which will make you look like an amateur. While there are many ways of moving between one part of the file and another, there are some types of movement which will automatically make you look as though you have never worked with Final Cut Pro before. As there are so many transition options from which you can choose, picking out the right one is essential if you want to get the best from your film making experience.

1. Don't Overuse Transitions

There are so many transitions available in Final Cut Pro, that it can be tempting to use all of them, one after another, to display your skill. This is perhaps the biggest mistake that amateurs make, because it gives the impression of a child reciting the alphabet. Just because you have all these options does not mean that you have to include every one of them on every film that you make. Instead, pick a few that are quality transitions, and use these in moderation.

As well as using too many transitions, you can also make the mistake of using them too often. You don't need to include a transition with every shift of focus or change of camera angle. Instead, try and use only a small amount of transitions, and make the ones you do use count. Stick with one or two basic shifts when you need them, and your film will look a lot better.

2. Don't Use Too Few Transitions

On the other side of the coin is the problem of using too few transitions. Once you know that too many transitions make your film look amateurish, you can go to the other extreme, and use none at all. This can be a serious problem if you plan to make a long movie, and cutting a film with absolutely no transitions in at all will make it seem more like a home movie shaky-camera type of film than a professional edit. Rather than restricting the amount of transitions you use, try experimenting with other methods of moving from one scene to another, such as Unseen transitions, which  will help to keep the flow of the film without making obvious moves.

3. Don't Use Fancy Transitions

There are good transitions, and then there are ones which will make your work look amateurish. These include Wipe, Slide and Stretch. These are the transitions which are often thought of as cool, or exciting, but when the audience are watching them, they can be too jarring and detract fro the film. One type of transition that you can use is the Unseen transition, which places an object being held by one of your subjects over the camera's viewpoint; when the object is removed, there is a different location or scene.

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