In this video we show you how to get creative and increase your production value with 3 in-camera transitions. These are different from traditional transitions in the sense that they can theoretically be done without any editing whatsoever...theoretically. All you need is a camera and a bit of pre-planning.
The three types of in-camera transitions are the invisible cut, the whip pan, and crossing the frame. Each of these 3 transitions uses visual aspects of your shot to trick the eyes into missing where the video cut occurred, causing the result to have a great deal of flow between shots. It's like a bit of a magic trick for your video.
The invisible cut works by hiding your video cut by making the end frame of your first clip and the beginning frame of your second clip exactly the same. While this has been done a variety of ways before, perhaps the most versatile is finding an organic way to get your frame to dip to complete blackness. By doing things like covering the lens with your hands, moving incredibly close to a person or object, or by simply entering a dark area, you can initiate this dip to black in a way that looks like it's actually happening in your shot. The reversal of this to organically enter into your second shot will result in a fluid switching of clips that will leave your audience having a hard time discerning where the cut occurred.
The whip pan can be a more action-oriented transition as it uses the motion of your camera swinging in any direction to move into a new shot. By whipping your camera in any direction at the end of your shot, you can effectively create a lot of motion blur. If you then create a new shot that begins by following through on this same motion, you will effectively have connected your two clips visually. These two whips will stitch together the shot as one in the minds of your audience!
Finally, crossing the frame is a transition accomplished by a person or object crossing the frame of your shot. The only key is that they need to cover at least one axis (x,y) from edge to edge. What this will allow you to do is keyframe around the edge of that object and reveal a second video beneath it. While this transition will take a little more editing and fine-tuning, the results are certainly worth it as this transition has the potentially be the most visually satisfying. Try making sure that whatever or whoever is crossing the frame is close enough to your camera to make the crossing of frame happen quickly. This will help to not distract from your main subject as well as provide you with less frames of video to have to keyframe.
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