Transitions are very useful and very effective in film. Transitions can help with the continuity of the film, and also keep the audiences interest, but too many transitions can start to make your film look ‘tacky’ and rubbish. So to make sure we include just the right amount and appropriate transitions, I decided to do some research on it.
From my research I found 4 main types of transitions:
- Cut – This is the most commonly used transition in filming. This is just an instant change from one shot to the next.
- Mix/Dissolve/Crossfade – These are all gradual fades from one shot to the other. Scenery sequences work well with crossfades, also, crossfades can also convey a sense of time passing or a change in location.
- Fade – Fades work by fading a shot to a single colour, either to black or white. They usually signal the beginning and end of scenes.
- Digital effects - With Final Cut Pro especially, it offers a lot of digital effects. For example, colour replacement, animated effects, pixelization, focus drops, lighting effects, etc.
Here is a video I watched on Youtube that really helped me learn about applying transitions with Final Cut Pro: