5 Overused Transitions And How To Create Them

5 Overused Transitions And How To Create Them

Some Transitions Are So Mainstream!

If you love the videos of Sam Kolder, Jon Olsson or Matt Komo, you are already familiar with the most common transitions! And you probably have already wondered how you can create them yourselves. Well, we think they are heavily overused but sometimes they are still cool. That's why we want to show you how you can create them in After Effects.

The 5 Awesome Transitions

For each of these transitions you will need:
- 2 clips
- After Effects

  1. Import 2 similar clips into your composition.
  2. Create a simple cut where the transition should happen and animate the scale value of the first clip from 100% to 150% within half a second which equals to twelve frames. Then animate the scale of the second clip from 75% to 100%.
  3. Add the "Motion Tile" effect to the second clip and go to the in-point of the clip. Adjust the motion tile output width and height to cover the whole frame. Then hit the “Mirror Edges” checkbox.
  4. Select all the keyframes and go into the graph editor. Make sure you are in the speed graph.
    Now select your keyframes again and hit easy ease. Then pull back the inner keyframes completely.
  5. Adjust the outer keyframes up to about 90% so you get this sharp mountain like thing. Then simply add motion blur and you're done!
  1. Overlap 2 clips over the course of one second.

  2. Add 2 position keyframes on the second clip and jump back to the first keyframe.

  3. Position the second clip proportionally on the X-axis and parent the first clip to the second clip.

  4. Add the "Motion Tile" Effect.

  5. Move in between the keyframes and adjust the output width to cover the frame.

  6. Open the speed graph editor and adjust the keyframes so that they look like a mountain.

  7. Add motion blur and you're done!

  1. Film a shot where you cover the lens with your hand.
  2. Film a shot where you uncover the lens with your hand.
  3. Make a cut on the first clip as soon as the hand hits the lens.
  4. Attach the second clip where the hand uncovers the lens and you're done.
  1. Import 2 clips into your composition.
  2. Move back 12 frames and create a rotation keyframe on the first clip at 0 degrees.
  3. Forward 12 frames and create a keyframe with a 60 degree rotation on the first clip and one with a minus 60 degree rotation on the second clip.
  4. Forward another 12 frames and create a 0 degree rotation keyframe for the second clip.
  5. Add the "Motion Tile" effect and adjust both clip’s width and height to cover the whole frame.
  6. Open the speed graph editor, easy ease the keyframes and adjust them so that they look like a mountain and you're done!

To create this transition you need two different clips and at one point, one has to have something covering the entire frame from top to bottom. That’s where you want to create the mask.

  1. Import 2 clips into your composition.
  2. Position the second clip above the first so that the object is just about to cross the screen. Now go forward until half of the screen is covered by your object. That’s where you want to draw your mask.
  3. Create mask path keyframes and animate the mask that it aligns with your subject all the time.
  4. Feather your mask by clicking on the masked clip and pressing "F" on your keyboard. And you're done!

Text by: @nickventuresome



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