Final Cut Pro: 6 Common Types of Transitions and Why Use Them

There are a number of common types of transitions that you can use when you are working on a project in Final Cut Pro. The transitions are there to help you move from one frame to another, and  they will often serve to help you get the most out of the film that you are editing. It is better to take the opportunity to use transitions, as they can be very useful. Learning how to use transitions will allow you to create a smoother, more even movie. The different types of transitions mean that, once you know what they are there for, you can select the one which is exactly right for your movie.

1. 3D Transitions

Perhaps the most important type of transition, there are 6 styles which allow you to zoom into your movie, zoom out, spin the film on a cube, and use them to swing about. The transitions are called Cross Zoom, Cube Spin, 3D Spin, Spinback, Zoom and Swing.

2. Dissolve

The most frequently used transition, this allows the user to make the clip fade in and out of the screen, while another fades out and in at the same time. These transitions mean that you can morph between different clips, so any cuts do not necessarily look out of place.

3. Iris

This type of transition will allow you to look through to the center of the frame, while the edges change and move towards the center. This can give the impression of movement within the cube, and you can make a number of different style changes to the iris so that it looks different each time you use it.

4. Page Peel

A common feature of the 80s music video was the page peel, where the first clip falls away, either to the bottom of the screen or to the left, so that the viewer can see the second. You can use this to give the impression of someone reading a book, although you will need to do a lot of extra work on the frame in order to keep it stable. The contrasts between the images can also affect the way that this image is used, as too much dramatic peeling can lessen the impact of the screen itself.

5. Slide

Slide transitions move the clip on screen out of the way to allow the next one through. Using this technology, you can cut from one scene to another, or even introduce background figures that look as though they are moving the clip in some way. These kinds of sliding clips are very popular in cartoons.

6. Wipe

This is another version of the Dissolve, but it doesn't fade in the same way. Instead, they move the image from one side to another rather like slides. You can have a number of options which allow you to amuse your viewers, while remaining practical and functional.

There are a number of different transitions which you can use to get the best from your movie.

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