Friday, 25 March 2011

Researching Transitions

Transitions play a major role in the world of editing as they help the film flow naturally, however using too many can make the film look very low budget.  Most films do use a range of transitions, and I'm sure they took their time with deciding which ones to choose.  While conducting my research I found the main types of transitions used in film.

- Cuts : the most common way to join two clips together. 
types of cuts: match cut, L cut, jump cut, etc.

- Fades: this occurs when a picture becomes a single colour, most of the time black, or when a picture is occuring on screen.
types of fades: cross fades, fade in, fade out, etc.

- Dissolves: similar to a fade, but instead of becoming a single colour, it gradually changes to the next scene.
types of dissolves: additive dissolves, cross dissolves, ripple dissolves, etc.

Final Cut Pro also has a range of transitions such as adjusting colour, blur effects, and negative/sepia effects.  We wanted our film to look quite realistic so we stuck with mostly cross dissolves and the classic fade in/fade out.

Here's a clip I found of youtube about transitions and the great effect they have on films.

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