How To Create A Custom Ink Transition


Today we’re going to go over how to use ink footage to create your own custom transition.  This is a classic effect that can seem challenging to pull off, but the truth is that it couldn't be easier!

The Classic Ink Transition

We have 2 different clips here, and we want to have a classic ink transition to go between the two clips.  These are the two clips that I personally shot myself, and this is the ink clip we are going to use as the transition. I got this from Motion Array, and the link to it can be found at the link below:

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So how do we actually go about making this transition happen.  Well we’re basically going to tell Premiere that we want white and black to mean two different things within the context of this video.  We want white to mean that 1 clip is shown, and for black to mean the second clip is shown.    So the first step is to place down our clips 1 and 2 onto our timeline, and to have our first clip above our second clip that we want to transition to.  

Overlap them so that at the point you want the transition to start, the second clip is also beginning.  Now place your ink transition clip above both video layers and have it start at the same time as your bottom clip.  Our ink transition though is longer than both of our other clips, so I’m just going to speed it up so that it starts and ends within the time that we want.  So now we have our basic setup down.  

Next we’re going to tell Premiere to use the transition in the way that we want.  We need to use an effect, and we’re going to search for it by typing into our effect search bar, track matte layer.  Now drag it onto our first clip which is on layer 2.  Now under our effect controls, we’re going to change 2 things.  We’re going to change our Composite type here from Matte Alpha to Matte Luma.  And then we’re simply going to choose the Matte layer that holds our ink transition clip, which is video layer number 3.  

Great, so if we playback now, this is what we get.  It’s close, but there’s a 3 main things that we still need to address.  The start of our playback is black because there’s no track matte to pull from in layer 3 at the beginning. Thankfully this is pretty easy to solve, as we just need to use our blade tool, click the shortcut key C, and make an incision here at the beginning.  Now highlighting the first section of the clip, go into your effects controls and delete the track matte effect.   Now the clip at the beginning plays as normal.  

Great.  Next, we notice that our ink effect doesn’t really go all the way to completion.  It stops short of reaching the edge and completing the transition.  So what we’re going to do is take our ink clip here and we’re going to scale it up slightly and move it around so that the maximum amount of transition takes place.   

But even with that we can still see that it’s not enough to complete the transition.  So we’re going to help it along with a simple fix.  Make sure that your layer 2 clip is set to opacity and make two keyframes here with control or command and clicking.  Bring the second keyframe down to zero when you want the transition to officially complete, and take the first keyframe and keep it at 100, but bringing it closer or farther away from the second to make the fade out more or less gradual.  

Nice.  So now what we have is this.  Our effect doesn’t quite reach the edge but it nicely fades out which still looks really nice.  

But there’s 1 final problem.   Mid way through the transition we can still see that there’s not a full transition from 1 clip to the other.  There’s still a bit of the first clip that lingers around and doesn’t convert all the way.   This is because these sections of the clip are not completely black.  But we can change this easily by highlighting our ink layer, and going to lumetri color and we’re going to control 2 sliders.  Under basic correction, we’re going to drop the black slider to make the black portions of ink footage completely black and therefore completely transparent.  And if you find it to be necessary, you can also do similarly by raising the white slider to further separate any bleeding of footage.  

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