How To Create A Before / After Wipe in Premiere Pro

Have you ever seen a behind the scenes video where you get to see all the changes that were made to a shot? It’s a pretty cool effect.  The best part is that you can do it too and it’s so simple!  So jump into Premiere Pro and try this effect out with us!

Duplicate Footage

The first thing you want to do is take your footage and make the changes that you want to have applied.  Make sure that it’s in the final state that you want it to be in.  Take this clip and duplicate it, stacking it directly ontop of itself. You can do this easily by holding alt (PC) or option (Mac) and clicking and dragging your footage.  

Linear Wipe

The next step is to remove all of the effects that you applied from your duplicated TOP clip.  What you should have remaining visible is your original clip before any changes were made.  Now is where the magic happens.  Search in your effects panel for the “linear wipe” and apply it to your TOP clip.  Within your effects controls panel you should see the effect with a parameter called “transition completion.”  This parameter 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.   Take your playhead and bring it to the point at which you want your wipe to begin and set a keyframe for a transition completion of zero.  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%.  

Finishing Touches

What you should now have is your own custom before / after wipe to show the changes you've made to your video!  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 it’s direction without having to re-adjust your keyframes at all!

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