Learn how video transitions can help to smooth out abrupt changes in a clip or make a sequence more exciting.

What you'll need

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What you learned: Add transition effects to clips in sequences

What are transition effects?

Transition effects blend the contents between two sequence clips over time, to smooth out an edit or add visual interest.

Transition effects use the unused parts at the start or end of a clip, called handles, to overlap the content for the duration of the effect.

If more than one clip is selected in the Timeline, or if you lasso multiple edits while holding down Command (macOS) or Control (Windows), you can apply the default transition to every selected edit.

Choose a transition effect

  • Browse for transition effects in the Effects panel.
  • Use the Search box in the Effects panel.

Apply a transition effect

You can apply a transition effect to the beginning of a clip, to the end of a clip, or between two clips.

  • Drag a transition effect onto the end of a clip in a sequence or between two clips.

Right-click to apply the default transition

  • Right-click the end of a clip in a sequence or a selected edit, and choose Apply Default Transitions.

Use a keyboard shortcut

If more than one clip or edit is selected, you can use a keyboard shortcut to apply the default transition effect.

  • Press Command+D (macOS) or Control+D (Windows) to apply the default video transition.
  • Press Shift+Command+D (macOS) or Shift+Control+D (Windows) to apply the default audio transition.
  • Press Shift+D (macOS) or Shift+D (Windows) to apply the default video transitions. This shortcut automatically adds video or audio transitions.

Set the default transition effect

  • In the Effects panel, right-click a transition effect and choose Set Selected As Default Transition.

Remove a transition effect

  • Select an effect in a sequence, and press Delete (macOS) or Backspace (Windows).

Tip: It’s easy to overuse transition effects and distract the viewer. If a transition is too distracting, try using a cross dissolve or stick with a regular cut.


Up next: Modify transitions


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