With some projects, your choice of transitions can make or break your film. They can be used to help tell your story, enhance title animations, or add some style to an otherwise dull video. Final Cut Pro has a variety of built-in transitions ready to drag and drop to your clips, but these can be limiting. Fortunately, there’s a wealth of Final Cut Pro transitions available to download online.
Installing FCP transition plugins can be a great way of expanding your editing capabilities and trying new styles. In this tutorial, we will be showing you how to install and work with transitions, along with some suggested plugins you can download today.
Part 1: 30 Creative Final Cut Pro Transition Templates
If you want to expand the Final Cut Pros transition selection, you can choose from thousands of transition plugins available to download. We’ve chosen 26 of our favorites to get you started.
1. Free Fast Zoom Transitions
Jump between shots in a cool, seamless way with this pack of seven Final Cut Pro zoom transitions. A slick and stylish way of adding some dynamism to your videos.
Vesna, the artist behind this template, is a motion graphic designer from Belarus. He has been creating assets on Motion Array for 4 years and aims for continuing his craft through self-development and constantly learning something new. You can view the entire portfolio here.
2. Free Simple Transitions
Get access to sleek and modern transition effects, and simply customize it for your social media videos or presentations. With 10 transitions to choose from, just drag and drop your media!
Motionthunder, the artist behind this design, … You can see his entire portfolio here.
3. Plexus Transitions
Fill the screen with awesome geometric shape transitions. These plexus transitions are smoothly animated and perfect for promo videos and explainers. There are 16 different transitions to choose from in this pack.
4. Soft Transitions
Easily transition through all your footage in a smooth and soft swipe. With 10 creatively animated transition effects to choose from, you can create amazing promos and business presentations.
5. Bad Tv Transitions
If you are looking to add some cool effects to your videos, consider adding something retro to your videos! There are 20 different glitch transitions to choose from.
6. Film Frame Transitions
Turn your travel or old footage into a cool sequence with detailed film frames, as well as grunge, stains, dust and noise effects. With amazing stylish vintage times design, create a time machine right on your computer.
7. Glitch Transitions
There are 10 awesome glitch transitions in this pack for you to download and start using right away in Final Cut Pro. Combine the glitch with a sound effect to make your footage really come to life.
8. RGB Offset Transitions
There’s a whole range of transitions to play within this pack. Wipe transitions, black and white, flash and glitch come together in a pack for Final Cut Pro and Motion 5. Use them in your projects to add style to your camera moves.
9. Zoom Transitions
This is a very fun pack to play with. If you can’t find the perfect zoom transition in this pack of 94 (yes, ninety-four) transitions then there’s something majorly wrong. Every transition has been uniquely designed and animated to get you from shot to shot in a cool, seamless movement.
10. Cinematic Transitions V2
For a cinematic, film-reel effect, try these Final Cut Pro transitions. There are eight to choose from to enhance the look of your commercials or online videos, no matter what the content is.
11. Slides Transitions
Add a touch of dynamic 3D movement with nice fast light leaks to your photos and videos. A lovely way to show off your wedding, memories, anniversaries, traveling, and vacations photos.
12. Glitch Neon Transitions
The stylish color transitions in this pack are fully customizable with complete color control, letting you mix and match them and ensuring they are fully on brand. Fast and sharp, these are perfect for high-octane content like promo videos.
13. Split Transitions with RGB
Cut your frames in two in an awesome animation with this transition pack. The 16 fast transitions in this Final Cut Pro pack can be customized to change the color effects and the duration of the transition.
14. Parallax Transitions
The cool thing about parallax is how you can turn stills into video, as well as enhancing the depth of existing video. Use these parallax transitions to seamlessly blend stills and video clips into one project, using Final Cut Pro.
15. Slice Transitions
Choose from 11 unique transitions in this pack that slice up the frame in interesting, dynamic ways. Keep the momentum of your content going by jumping quickly from one scene to the next in an engaging way.
16. Trendy Transitions
Modern but with a trendy aberration vibe is probably the best way to describe these transitions. Wipe the screen with these cool reflective lines and shapes that would work great in any kind of content. There are 12 transitions to choose from in this pack.
17. Split Shape Transitions
Much more than just splitting the screen, use these transitions to add some color and vibrancy to your videos. There are eight transitions in this pack that would work great in any kind of promo video or sizzle reel.
18. Light Transitions
Warp the frame with these light transitions for Final Cut Pro. Bright, colorful, and fun, try any of the ten transitions in this pack by just downloading and adding them to your project.
19. Split Transitions
Use these mind-bending four-way splits to transition your footage in any kind of video. Whether you’re making a corporate promo or a music video, there’s bound to be something in here to use.
20. Bad Signal Transitions
Give your footage the effect of a TV signal breaking up with these transitions. Warp the footage in a cool way and combine it with sound effects to get a great retro static vibe.
21. Camera Transitions
Use any one of these eight simple camera transitions, or a mix of them all, in your Final Cut Pro project to add some movement to your video. Use different in and out animations to customize the look and feel.
22. Smooth Transitions
Smooth, seamless, classic transitions. It’s what every video needs. There are 24 in this pack, and you can choose from zoom, rotate, pan, and elastic transitions. Simply drag and drop them in Final Cut Pro to create some instant movement.
23. Glass Transitions
These glass transitions create a really cool reflective effect and come in a wide range of shapes. There are 300 effects to choose from in this pack and work great for fast-paced content like trailers and promos.
24. 3D Transitions
Add an extra layer of depth to your videos with 3D transitions. There are 16 clean transitions in this pack which let the frames fold away in a very cool 3D way. Simply download the pack and start using them in Final Cut Pro right away.
25. Perspective Transitions
Warp the viewers’ sense of reality by using all 12 of these perspective transitions. Shift from one clip to another in a unique, modern way in Final Cut Pro.
26. Bounce Zoom Transitions
Lots of energy, lots of fun movement, these bounce zoom transitions are entertaining to play with and will look great in the final video. Use them in promo videos, presentations, sizzle reels, and more.
27. Move Transitions
There’s a lot to work on within this Final Cut Pro template pack, and every one of these unique 40 transitions looks very cool. Each one is individually designed and animated, and you can even mix and match them to create some truly stunning results.
28. Fast Glitch Transitions
Edgy, urban glitch effects that can be used in all kinds of videos. There are 25 to play within this pack, so just download them and drop them into your Final Cut Pro project.
29. VHS Transitions
Give your videos an 80s TV vibe with these retro VHS transitions. Combine it with sound effects, and add grain and noise to the rest of the video to give it a truly nostalgic atmosphere.
30. Glass Transitions
Clean, cool, and modern, wipe the frame with some slick glass transitions to make your videos feel premium. Choose from ten Final Cut Pro transitions in this pack and combine footage to create some high-quality results.
Part 2: How to Add Transitions in Final Cut Pro X
Before we get to installing your new Transition Plugins, let’s look at how you use them. Remember, each transition will have its own range of customization options, which can drastically change the look of the effect.
Step 1: Adding a Transition
Adding transitions in FCPX is a simple drag and drop process, but customizing them can be a little more work. Let’s jump straight in.
- Edit your clips in your Timeline. Some editors add transitions as they go, others wait until they have a complete cut of their film, decide what is best for you and your project.
- Go to the Transitions panel, and find the effect you want to use.
- Drag the effect to the beginning or end of your clip, or the point between two clips.