How To Create A Before / After Wipe in Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro 23/12/2018 2 min read

Have you ever seen a clip where the effects come in as a kind of wipe effect so you can see the before and after? It’s a pretty cool thing to watch. Surprisingly, although it looks super professional and fancy, it’s so simple to do!

We’ll be going through the steps of how to create a before and after wipe effect in Premiere Pro CC, so you can start upping your video editing game! 

How to Create the Before/After Effect

Step 1: Duplicate Your Footage

This step happens only after you’ve already made all the changes you wish to have done. Your footage must be in its final, edited state, with nothing more to be done to it. It’s very easy to duplicate: 

  1. Hold Alt (PC) or Option (Mac) and click and drag your clip onto a new Track
  2. Stack the duplicate footage directly on top of the original. 

Step 2: Create a Linear Wipe

Before you can do this, you need to remove all of the effects that you applied from your duplicated top clip. What should have remained visible is your original clip before any changes were made. Now is where the magic happens! 

  1. Search in your Effects panel for Linear Wipe and apply it to your top clip only. 
  2. Within your Effects Controls panel, you should see the effect with a parameter called Transition Completion. This will control the progress of a very basic wipe across your screen which removes the clip it’s applied to and reveals the clip beneath it. 
  3. Take your Playhead, bring it to the point at which you want your wipe to begin, and set a Keyframe for a transition completion of 0
  4. Next, move to the place where you’d like the transition to be completed, and set a new Keyframe for transition completion to be at 100%
  5. Apply this, and Premiere will do the rest! 

Bonus: Change The Wipe Direction (If You Want To!) 

What you should now have is a custom before and after wipe to show your video’s changes! Technically you’re done, but if you wanted to change the direction that your wipe is moving, simply change the Wipe Angle. This will give you complete control of its direction without having to re-adjust your keyframes at all! 

This effect is seriously easy for any level video editor and looks like a really professional edit. Now that you know how to create a cool before and after wipe in Premiere Pro, get creative and use it in your next project! Let us know how it goes in the comments!