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Premiere Pro Masterclass Module 3 - Transitions

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6 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Intro to Module 3

    • 2. Add and Adjust video Transition & EXERCISE

    • 3. EXERCISE REVIEW: Transitions

    • 4. Quickly Add Video and Audio Transitions form the Timeline

    • 5. EXERCISE: Create a Custom Blur Transition

    • 6. Thank You

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ATTENTION: There is a new version of this Premiere Pro course here on Skillshare. Take the newer version of this course here.

Welcome to Module 3 - Video and Audio Transitions

This module will cover:

  • Adding and editing video and audio transitions
  • Creating custom video and audio transitions
  • Using keyboard shortcuts to add transitions

Enroll in all 11 modules of this course:

  1. Intro to Premiere Pro
  2. Editing Your Videos
  3. Adding Video and Audio Transitions
  4. Adding Titles
  5. Editing Audio
  6. Color Correction and Grading
  7. Motion in Premiere Pro
  8. Exporting Your Videos
  9. Visual Effects and Advanced Premiere Pro Tips
  10. Video Speed in Premiere Pro
  11. Green Screen Editing

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1. Intro to Module 3: Welcome to the Adobe premiere Pro Masterclass Module three and this module we are learning about adding transitions, video transitions, audio transitions, keyboard shortcuts for transitions and even customizing your own transition. So let's get started. As always, the practice files are in the project tab of this course, and if you're interested in enrolling in the other modules of this course, just click through the link on the course description or search for Adobe Premiere pro masterclass on skill share. 2. Add and Adjust video Transition & EXERCISE: as we work our way through this project, The next technique you need to learn as a video editor is the use of transitions. Transitions are the way that one clip goes to the next. So far, all of our transitions are just cuts straight cuts from one clip to the next. You've probably seen a range of transitions in your life, from Fades dissolves to three D Spins and Adobe Premiere Pro comes with a number of those transitions built in for you to use. You can find them under the effects been. If you don't see the effects been, make sure that you go up the window and effects to find a specific effect. If you have something in mind, you can type it in in the search bar. But for those of you new to this, you might want to just drop down the video transitions. Been under there where we have categories. Three D motion dissolves, iris slides, white zooms, page peels Play around with these. So I'm going to play around with adding these transitions to this last shot going from here to here to here. So, for example, we just take this three d motion. Ben. We open it up, we have this cube spin. What's that? To add a transition, just simply drag it onto the cut it or the place in between two clips, and you can see there that I can drag it and leave it on the left in the middle or the right. However, it's highlighted. So if I put it right in the middle, let's play through this. Here, you see what happens is it has this three D cube spin. It looks like it's a cube and it's spinning. Let me zoom in here so you can see what's going on. I can make this slower or faster by taking the edge and dragging in or out. So if I drag it out, it will be slower. If I drag it in, it will be faster, and I can also move it around. So vice click it and dragged to the left. Then it will start faster. If I dragged to the left, it will start leader. Okay. One thing to know about transitions. Let me just take these two clips and we're going to teach you something cool right here to quickly duplicate any layer or any clip on your timeline. Hold the option Key down cult. If you're on a PC and then click and drag, I'm still holding Ault down or option and then let go. It duplicates that clip. I could also select them press control or command see on my keyboard, then command vita pace or control seed paste, and it will paste it into this layer that you have selected earlier. We learned about thes track selection tools over here, which have to do with the source monitor. When you are selecting an overriding or inserting a clip, these toggle track modes right here this elects where you can copy and paste items. So say I'm gonna delete that. Then I select these two and then say I want to paste it to the second track. I'll just like V two paste it. It's on the second track. Okay, enough of a tangent. That's a cool trick for you to do. What I wanted to show you is say, you have two clips that end and they meet together. So see how I dragged the end of this first clip to the right and there's that little corner piece right there. that shows that that's the end of this clip. There's no more. I can't extend any further. Same with this one on the right, to the left, on the left side of the clip. There's no more before this. If I put these together and then I add, let's just say this flip over. What's going to happen is insufficient media. This transition will contain repeated frames. It's going to repeat frames because there are no frames afterwards to extend this transition. It might make a little bit more sense if one of these is shorter and then this one is at the beginning of this clip. So this clip on the left, we still have footage on the right side. So after this point, but with this one on the left, there's no more before it. Let's just take a normal dissolve, cross dissolve. This is your standard dissolve. If I take this and drag it over my clips, what happens is it doesn't allow me to put this transition in the middle of the clips because there is no middle. There is no footage to the left of this second clip, so when I add this, it automatically adds it just to this clip into the start of the next clip. I know that sounds really confusing, so it's just one thing you have to play around with. But I often get the question. Why can't I add a transition to this clip? Why can't I move or extend my transition? That's another thing. So say we have these two clips. They meet right there. Let me extend this one. Not to the end, but just a few frames in. And then we add the crosses off. Then I tried to make the cross dissolve bigger. It's not going to let me go bigger or longer because there are no frames in both these clips to the right or to the left of the cross dissolve. Let me delete this. I'm going to drag this over to the left, drag this over to the right, bring them back together to meet. Now it's at a cross dissolve. Now let's extend it and see how long we can extend it. That's because it's dissolving. Think of right here. This is where this second clip actually starts. Right here it starts T dissolve on. And then here, over here this is where this first clip ends. Over here, it's dissolving out. But if they meet at the end and there's no amount of time left in the clip, you can't add that kind of transition or increase the time of it. The last thing I want to teach you about transitions is that some transition have effects that you can change. So let's go over and check out this slide transition. This is one that you might use push. So if I add pushed to this, you can see that is pushing the second clip from the left hand side of the frame. If we click on this push transition, go to our effects controls window, which is up here on the left. We learned about that before we have some options for our transitions in this top left corner you have where the transition starts from the west to the east or the left to right , from the right to the left, from the top to the bottom from the bottom to the top. So if I click that bottom of the top, you see that this transition moves from the bottom to the top. How about that? That's how you add transitions to your video clips is time to practice that. Go ahead, pause The lessons. Go to your own project that you're working on and add a transition between two clips. We're going to come back. I'm going to review adding cross dissolves between two flips and show you an even faster way to do so with keyboard shortcuts. Enjoy the practice and wolves you in a few. 3. EXERCISE REVIEW: Transitions: Let's review how to add a transition to a clip specifically using some shortcuts in quicker methods of adding your default transitions like a cross dissolve in a quick way to add a cross dissolve is just by right clicking and saying, Apply default transition. The default transition that we have set for Premier Pro, which can be safe changed in the preferences is the cross dissolve. And so if I do that, it adds, across is off to this clip. If I go in here and zoom into the timeline, you'll notice that the cross dissolve starts right here before this clip starts. Before this video clip starts. I don't want it to start before that clip. I wanted to start right when that clip is starting, so there's no jump cut that you'll see behind the dissolved basically talks about this, so there's a dissolve. Then I'm going to add the same dissolved to the white Matt and all of these social media screenshots a quick way to do it even quicker. Way to do that is just by selecting the edge of the clip that you want to add the transition to impressing command D on your keyboard or control D if you're on a PC, so let me just play through this show you what happens Birthday. I got 100,000 views. Now they dissolve on, which is kind of a cool effect. The problem is that you see this cut right there. See that cut right there? I want to extend this white over to the left so that the white comes on and this screenshot starts to come on and the white finishes coming on all the way before that cut to the next shot so we don't see any of it. So that's what I did First day I got 100,000 views. Looks pretty good. How it looks a lot better than it did before. Waken do a cross dissolve between two clips. So these two pictures, maybe we want to add it, crosses off between those so I can select that point in between and press again command D. That's how you add a cross. Dissolve very quickly in adobe Premiere pro. Have fun with your transitions and feel free to continue working with them different transitions on your own, and we'll see you in the next lesson where we begin to learn about audio transitions 4. Quickly Add Video and Audio Transitions form the Timeline: right after video transitions, we need to add our audio transitions in the clips that I have put together. There are a couple places where the transition is very abrupt and an audio transition can be helpful. Within the FX tab, you have your audio transitions folder. Under that you have your cross fade, which is the only audio transitions option in Premiere Pro. And there are a few different options. Constant gain, constant power, an exponential fade. What happens? And I'll just add one to the very beginning of this clip. Let's just add constant gain. Constant gain will increase the volume of your clip at the same rate from the beginning to the end of the transition year. I was diagnosed that summer, so it's a consistent gain going from or to being able to be heard toe all the way. Inaudible. Constant power is a little bit different because it increases the volume of a clip at a differing rate. It starts out very fast, and then it slows into that fade, so it's a little bit hard to explain, but constant power, exponential fate basically do a very similar thing. Constant power is the main default transition and the one that I use for all of my transitions. So if I put it between two clips went viral. Everyone, you can see and hear that the second clip starts to come in right here, and the first clip fades out. Over here. We can increase or decrease the size of the higher transition by clicking in or out of the edge everyone the night. We can even copy and paste these transitions, just like we did for the video by selecting it. Pressing command, see or control. See if you're on a PC, selecting the video or the audio track where you want to add it and pacing Command V or control the new and their mama's baby. So for a transition like this, we might want it to be very short noon, their mom. And then, when you play through it, just nudging it to the right mama or to the left to see what it sounds like. Their mom will help you understand which part you need to add it to new and their mama's baby. That sounds pretty good, just like there was with the video transitions. There's a keyboard shortcut for adding audio transitions to a clip. Select that transition and then press command shift D control Shifty if you're on a PC and that adds the constant power transition now you know how to add audio transitions to your clips. Is time to take action with your project that you're working on at an audio transition between all of your sound bites? Even if it's just a transition that lasts a few frames or so, it will help smooth out any sort of audio clips or clicks that happened between two audio tracks. So that's your action item for today. We'll come back and see you in a future lesson. We aren't going to be doing a review of this practice because by now you know how to do it already. But we want you to take action into it for your own project today. 5. EXERCISE: Create a Custom Blur Transition: Hey, welcome to a fun, practical exercise lesson. Today I'm showing you how to take an ordinary crosses off like this one and turn it into something a little bit more special like this one. So it's kind of hard for you to see the differences, but this one is just your normal crosses off. This is a cross dissolve with custom blur, transition added, and we're going to be creating this custom transition with the blur effect and animated key frames. So go ahead and download the practice files. In this lesson, there's a zip file with Anthony Clip one and Anthony Clip to these air two shots that we shot with the Osmo camera. It's a cool little Steadicam camera and import them into a brand new premier pro project or wherever you want to practice. Now, since we haven't learned a lot of the aspects that I'm going to be teaching in this lesson , including using effects and adding key frames, I'm just going to walk through it with you right now. And then I'll have you do it at the very end. I'm just going toe drag Anthony clip one into a new sequence into this new item button down here and then put the Anthony clip to next to it, just like so now they are. But it up against each other, I'm going to then drag in the end of this first clip to about Let's play through this and there you see this kid in the background doing we're trying to do, kick, flip, it goes, jumps, almost lands it something right there. And then with this next clip, I'm going to drag it just before we see this lady right here walking. And Anthony has to go around her, the dragon in right there, and then just move these to butt up against each other. So before I add the crosses off, I'm going to add a blur effect. So if you go to your effects been, if you don't see that, go upto window effects in the search bar. Just type in fast blur. You'll see fast blur pop up down here and simply drag and drop it onto the video clip on your timeline, starting with Anthony Clip one, and we can also go out and do it on Anthony Clip to, If you see now in our effects controls tab that pops up. We have this fast blur effect. If we increase the blurriness number from zero to well, just up the video gets more or less blurry. Zero means no blur at all. So we want to create an actual animation of this blur from zero to say about 50 or so. So just put your timeline indicator just anywhere on this clip and said, a key frame for zero. The way we set a key frame is by clicking this little time stopwatch right here that says Toggle animation. And then I'm going to go forward in this clip by pressing the shift button on my keyboard and then right arrow key. Three times. We'll just try that for now. You can see that our timeline indicator moved ahead about 15 frames and then change the blurriness number. Just click on it like so and type in 50. You'll notice that the edge of this clip gets a little bit dark, and that's just what happens when you blur it. So we're going to click this repeat edge pixels, which will repeat the edge, pixels, the video part of the edge so that you don't give this blur this dark blur. Now, if we go back on our time line either by clicking down here on the timeline or up here in the timeline of the effects controls, we can see that we go from zero blur to blur kind of cool, right? We're gonna do the same thing. We're gonna move these key frames around later on, so it's in the right spot of the clip. But let's just go ahead and add the same type of effect for this second clip. But instead of going from no blur to blur, we're going to go from 50 Blur. So I'm going to set this to 50 clicked the stopwatch and then shift right arrow three times or so and then change the 52 0 So now it goes from the start of the clip. I'm going to click repeat edge pixels. If I play through this, it's goes from blurry toe, un blurry. Now let's add the default transition, so I'm just going to right click and say, apply default transition. So now if we play through this, we get this crosses off, but we have to move the key frames of the Blur to the right spot. So I'm going to actually first just drag this select Anthony clip one. I'm going to drag the second key frame up here for 50 blurriness and dragged all the way to the right. Then I'm going to put my timeline indicator right here at the start of the cross, dissolve and put the first key frame right there and then with his Anthony clipped to just select Anthony Clip to and dragged the first key frame all the way to the left to the start of the clip. But your timeline indicator at the end of the crosses all and drag that key frame right there. So now let's play through this, and that's pretty good. The Blur isn't as pronounced as I would like in one way to make it print more pronounces, either increasing the blurriness of the second key frame or just making it start to blur before the crosses off. And to do that, I'm just going to drag this first key frame of Anthony Clip one a little bit forward, so it starts to blur a little bit and then, with the 2nd 1 drag the second key frame for blurring zero out a little bit as well. So now it starts to get a little bit blurry, and it stays a little bit blurry and gets into focus after the cross dissolve. So that's how you can create a custom transition, and you can do that with all kinds of effects. We're going to learn about MAWR effects later on. But if you go through any of these video fixed down here and anything from color correction of making things do sort of a overblown exposure transition to distortion and bending your image, all kinds of things. You can add those effects to your clips and have them transition from being off toe on with these key frames and then adding a cross dissolve in between two clips allows you to create a very cool custom transition. Now it's your turn. If you haven't been practicing, go ahead, download the Anthony Clip one and Anthony put two files from this lesson. Import them into Adobe premiere proud, and then add your own custom transition, playing around with the different strengths of the blur and also where you put it, how long the transition is from on to off, where the transition is in it. And even how long the cross dissolve come up with different ways to make this custom. Thanks for watching. Have fun and we'll see you in the next lesson. 6. Thank You: thank you so much for enrolling in this module, and I hope you learned what you wanted to learn coming into it. If you're interested in moving forward with Adobe Premiere Pro, please check out the next module in this Siri's by clicking through the link in the course description or just by searching for the next module. Adobe Premiere Pro Masterclass Module number. Whatever module you're looking for on skill share, thanks so much and have a great day.