How to Add Seamless Transitions

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How to Add Seamless Transitions

Flip, zoom, spin, or whip between scenes with Seamless Transitions that add excitement and energy to your cuts. Just align like colors or objects to create a smooth and artful transition between imagery.

Only in Pinnacle Studio Ultimate.

How to Add a Seamless Transition

The Seamless Transitions category consists of motion-based animated effects that blur the passage from one clip to the next, creating what is sometimes known as an invisible cut. Whether the motion is up, down, or to the side, the result is similar to a whip pan effect. Some transitions include rotation and you can edit the transitions to control the zoom level, position, edge softness, and rotation settings. For example, you can zoom in and align the sky in the first clip with a similarly colored sky in the second clip, ensuring that the transition is as seamless as possible.

To apply a Seamless Transition:

1. In the Timeline, choose where you want to place your Seamless Transition. Ensure that the clips are trimmed to the frames that have content you can use for aligning the transition.

2. From the Edit tab, click the Navigation bar for the Library panel, and choose Transitions.

3. Navigate to the Seamless Transitions category, and click a transition thumbnail. You can preview the transition in the Player panel.

4. Drag the transition to the Timeline, placing it between two clips, at the start of the second clip.

5. Preview the result in the Preview panel. You can stop here if you like the results.

6. To edit the transition, right-click the transition in the Timeline and choose Transition > Edit. The Editor panel opens with the settings for the Seamless Transition. In the Preview panel, an interactive area lets you align the two clips.

7. Adjust any of the following settings

  • Duration: Sets the overall length of time for the transition.
  • Transition Type > Select: Switches Seamless Transition presets.
  • Clip A Position/Clip B Position: Lets you use sliders instead of the interactive Hand icon to set the position of the clips.
  • Clip A Size/Clip B Size: Zooms in or out of a specific area of your clip by adjusting the size of the clip. This helps you isolate areas that match in each clip.
  • Edge Softness: Adjust the softness of the edge along the transition line for the clips.
  • Rotate Direction: If you choose a preset than includes rotation, you can choose between a Clockwise or Counterclockwise

8. To align the clips, in the interactive area of the Preview panel, drag the hand icon, which represents the center of the clip. Position the 6 Pinnacle Studio User Guide area where you want the transition to occur within the yellow rectangle. Do the same for the other clip. Clip A ends with a dark sky (bottom rectangle). Clip B has a dark shadow area. Clip B has been set to the largest size, allowing the shadow area to fill top rectangle.

Note: The yellow rectangles must be completely filled by each clip. A blank area will result in harsh lines.

9. In the Preview panel, click Play to preview the transition.

10. Fine tune the controls until you get the results you want.

We hope you found this tutorial helpful and we would love to hear your feedback in the Comments section below. And don’t forget to visit our Video User Gallery and show us what you’ve learned by sharing your video projects with us.

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