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.
Step 2: Customizing your Transition
You can change the duration of all FCPX transitions, and the built-in Precision Editor can show you precisely what is happening behind the scenes. Each transition will have a set of options specific to the style of the effect.
- Select the transition in the Timeline and right-click it.
- Select Open Precision Editor.
- Drag the end of the transition along the Timeline until it is the length you want.
- To close the Precision Editor, double-click it in the timeline.
- To find out what customization options are available for your transition, click on it in your timeline and select the Effects Control panel.
Part 3: Transitions Troubleshooting
Occasionally, you might find that a transition won’t drop onto the clip, and you will get a message informing you that there are not enough extra media beyond clip edges to create the transition. You can simply click Create Transition in the message box, and FCPX will create enough space for you. If you want more control, there are a few ways to fix this issue.
1. Change the Section of Footage Used
This is probably the simplest way to allow enough footage for your transition, but it might not be possible if your best take happens to be right at the beginning or end of the clip.
- On your keyboard, press T to access the Trim tool.
- In your Timeline, select the clip you want to change and drag to the left or right slightly to increase the clip margin.
- Add your transition using the steps in part one.
2. Slow Down the Clip
If you need the transition to be completed before specific action in your shot, but you do have a few frames for the transition, this might be the method for you.
- Place the Playhead at the start of your clip, and using the right arrow key, move it to the point you want the transition to be complete.
- On your keyboard press B to select the Blade tool and cut the clip.
- Select the first of the cut clip, and hit Command/Control + R.
- Drag the Retime tool at the end of the clip to slow it down and increase its length.
- Add your transition to the meeting point between the clip you want to transition from, and the new slowed down section.
- The message box will appear again. This time, click Create Transition. The effect will be applied to only the slowed-down section and will continue playing at normal speed.
3. Add a Still Frame
If you want to add a transition without losing any of your clips, no problem, we’re going to go through how to add a still of the clip’s first frame to apply the effect.
- Place your Playhead on the first/last frame of the clip you need to extend.
- Click File > Share > Current Frame. Name and save the still.
- Import your still into FCP, and place it between the two clips you want to transition between.
- Add your transition to the meeting point between the clip and the still.
- Shorten the still image to the length of the transition by dragging the end. The transition will now use the still, and the clip will play normally.
Part 4: How to Use FCPX Transition Templates
Once you’ve found the perfect transitions for your project, you will need to install them. Shut down Final Cut Pro if you have it open, as you will need to relaunch the program to use the new effects.
- To begin, open two Finder windows, in the first open the downloads folder (or wherever your plugins are saved) in the second go to the Applications folder.
- Find the Final Cut Pro X application, right-click, and select Show Package Contents.
- Click on each of the following folders in turn: Contents > Plugins > Media Providers > MotionEffect.fxp > Contents > Resources > Templates > Transitions.
- Copy (or Command + C) and paste (or Command + V) the plugins folder from the first Finder window to the Transitions folder in the second.
- You may need to Authenticate the change with the device’s admin password.
- Relaunch FCP and your new transitions will be available to use in the Transitions panel.
Now you know where to find transition templates, and how to install them, you can supercharge your editing tools and create new, exciting compositions. Final Cut Pro transitions should always serve a purpose in your videos, and now you have access to thousands more; you’re sure to find an effect to suit any video project.