Adobe Premiere: Adding Transitions

The purpose of transitions in Adobe Premiere is to move a scene from one shot to the next shot. You do not need to use transitions, but they do add a pleasant effect to your project. Adobe Premiere comes preloaded with many audio and video transitions. Types of transitions that are included in Adobe Premiere are 3D Motion, Dissolve, Iris, Map, Page Peel and Slide. If you are unfamiliar with the transitions that are offered by Adobe Premiere, it is best that you test them out in a fake project before applying them to your project.

Step 1 - Locating Transitions

The first step in adding transitions is to locate the transition that you wish to apply to your project. All of the transitions are located in the Effects panel. To view all of the video transitions, you will need to expand the Video Transitions bin. You will notice that every transition is also expandable. To view the transitions that are available in that specific bin, you will need to expand the bin. You can expand the bin by clicking on the arrow that is located to the left of the transition name.

Step 2 - Placing Transitions

To place a transition in between two clips, you will need to drag the transition that you have selected to the cut line. The cut line can be found where one clip ends and the next clip begins. When you release your mouse, 3 options will appear. If you select "End At Cut" the transition will be placed at the end of the first clip. If you select "Center At Cut" the transition will be directly centered over the cut line. If you select "Start At Cut" the transition will be placed at the beginning of the second clip.

If you need to place a transition on a single clip, the transition will need to be dragged into the Timeline plan. To do this, you can Control and drag in Windows or Command drag in Mac. When you release your mouse, you will only be presented with the End At Cut and Start At Cut icons. The Center At Cut icon is not available.

Step 3 - Transition Settings

After you have placed your transition, a dialog box should appear that asks you to specify the settings for your transition. The Edge selectors will change the direction in which the transition moves. You can use the Start and End sliders to tell Adobe Premiere what portion of the transition should be completed at the start of the transition and what portion should be completed at the end of the transition. Border Width allows you to apply a border to your transition. Border Color allows you to select a color for the optional border. If you select Reverse, you will be able to play the transition backwards. The Anti-Aliasing Quality allows you to smooth the edges of your transition.