Video [#7] - Transitions

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Let's take our video series posts now onto the topic of transitions. When you are in a video editing app (e.g. Windows Live Movie Maker, iMovie, or other similar app), you have the option of how one clip leads into the next one. If you do nothing at all, it will be a straight cut, in the blink of an eye from one video clip to the next. If you are doing several shots of the same subject, perhaps different points of view, straight cuts are fine. However, if you are changing subject, say from exterior to interior of house, then a transition can soften the change and give visual cue to the viewer of the scene shift.

A most basic but effective transition is a crossfade, where one clip fades out while the other fades in. A variation of this is a fade through black (or a fade through white). This gives a more tangible break or marker in the presentation. A page turn is often used and can be interesting. A wipe is where you see the new clip transition in over the old one like a wave from the ocean coming across the beach. The application of a transition is very simple to do. Select the clip that you want to transition into and then find your transitions tool palette. In Windows Live Movie Maker, you will find it under the Animations Tab.

The duration of the transition is set by default, but can be changed. There is a "timer" value on the tool palette where you can type in a longer duration if you want a more dramatic timing. You can experiment to see what works.

If you are working with another video editing app, applying transitions will be similar. The concept remains the same. For example, in iMovieyou will drag the transition you want and drop it between the two clips.

The video below illustrates how some of the most common types of transitions look. I took two clips from my library (winter/summer) and show you different transitions between the two clips.

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Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Nice!... It takes all of us a while at first to treat the transitions lightly. When I started I think I used them all in the one video. Using them sparingly is a sign of maturity... it also made me pay a lot more attention to video, tv, and movies and finding transition styles I like. An editor can really make a piece shine with well timed cuts and transitions... Great tutorial as always! Thanks...

Mar 11, 2011 06:33 AM #4
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Ken - I've seen ads for that but haven't given it a click-through yet... glad you find something you like. Video apps are somewhat hard to find good ones. Windows Live Movie Maker is a good freebie, but you quickly grow out of it and want more capabilities if you do any amount of vid edits.

BLiz - thanks for the "suggest" in spirit :)

Steve - agreed with the distraction factor! at first we think, hey that's cool or "dramatic" after a few times, it gets to be annoying. There's an art to subtlety - thanks for coming by

René - I like your maturity comment, so true! I'm totally with you about watching professional productions and learning by what they do... funny how you see lots of things you never noticed before doing a video production project. Seattle was hot for RE (#agentrb and #rebcsea) this past couple of weeks. How's the brain, on overload? good stuff though. :)

Mar 11, 2011 07:01 AM #5
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Richard - thanks for the click - I love how you are getting out there to "do" and not just "think about" video - you are leading the pack. Take one hurdle at a time, conquer it and move to the next one. kudos!

Mar 11, 2011 10:13 AM #7
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677


Very nice.  And you choose such a cool subject matter!  Thanks!

Mar 11, 2011 11:11 AM #8
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490

HI Craig,

Now if you can also find me a few more hours in a day, you will truly become our here, (actually you are our picture and video guru already)

Thanks again, have a Pfanntastic Week.

Mar 11, 2011 11:22 AM #9
Toronto, ON

Hi Craig - I enjoy your video editing tutorials and all of the time you put into creating them.

Mar 11, 2011 01:44 PM #10
Craig Snead
Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI - Dearborn Heights, MI
Real Estate Investor

Craig, I agree, you need to make it look smooth. I have done a lot of home videos and DVD's with the Windows Movie Maker. At first, I used all the transitions and effects because I thought it was cool. Editing  time took forever. Now I simplify and don't get carried away.

Mar 11, 2011 01:45 PM #11
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


I only use fading. It is not distracting and annoying. maybe I need to look at it and try something different

Mar 11, 2011 02:12 PM #12
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate

I have learned so much from your tutorials Craig, very nice job.

Mar 11, 2011 02:57 PM #14
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"


It's hard teaching an old dog like me new tricks, but this is worth giving a try!


Mar 12, 2011 12:34 AM #15
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Cindy - thanks - it was fun looking through some of the clips I had in the library

Pfanns - glad you enjoyed, always nice to see you

Marc - thank you, appreciated

Craig - you've got it, we go through phases

Jon - crossfading is good, others are ok if you choose the less distracting ones like flips and folds

Steve - great - love to hear it! :)

Michele - editing is not hard... drop in your clips, cut out what you don't want, add a few transitions and titles and call it a wrap! thanks for coming as always!


Mar 12, 2011 01:16 AM #16
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Great topic Craig to show a tutorial on...  I agree with the others, transitions really need to be chosen carefully as they can make or break the flow of the video! 

Mar 12, 2011 01:56 AM #17
Kathleen Emhof
Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park and Western New York - Buffalo, NY
Home Staging and Redesign, Experts in Transition

Although I learned some simple tricks here, I really enjoyed watching you and your little guy over and over again!

Those videos are priceless!

Oh, yes, and what I learned will be very useful for staging videos!  Thank you!

Mar 12, 2011 12:03 PM #18
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Pamela - yes good advice

Kathleen - thank you - yes - hopefully next summer he'll be swimming on his own! :)

Mar 12, 2011 12:34 PM #19
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Craig -

Thanks for the video series.

Your tech lessons are very welcome at our office!

Have a happy day -

Mar 12, 2011 04:50 PM #20
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Craig,

Never mind the post (which was detailed and helpful).

The little boy is adorable!

I think the rest was just an opportunity to show case him.

Your son, I presume?


Mar 12, 2011 10:02 PM #21
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Lynn - very happy to hear that - thank you!

Phil - yes my little boy provides lots of video footage LOL - it's fun to go back and look at the vids every so often - forget real estate... video editing is essential to cut down to just the best if you don't want to bore all your friends and relatives with hours and hours of what you think is fantastic because its YOUR kid LOL - thanks for visiting :)

Mar 13, 2011 03:55 AM #22
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

My goal this weekend is to post a video blog using your tutorials as my guide.

Mar 18, 2011 12:02 PM #23
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Dave - now that you've said it be sure and let me know when I can look... :)

Mar 18, 2011 02:19 PM #24
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Craig, your series of posts are very informative!!!

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