November 14, 2017

Tutorial: A Quick and Easy Way to Pull Off a Sweet Luma Fade Transition

One of today's dopest transitions explained...

Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are that you've seen that sweet luma fade transition all over YouTube. Popularized by filmmaker Sam Kolder, the transition might look complicated, but it's actually really simple to pull off in Adobe Premiere Pro. Using a gradient wipe, Peter McKinnon shows you how to do it in less than two minutes in the tutorial below.

And there you go—a super straightforward way to create a stylized transition. Granted, you're probably not going to be using it all the time—or at least, maybe you shouldn't—because these kinds of filmmaking and editing techniques tend to surge in popularity, get overused, and then become cliché faster than you can say "luma fade." However, using it every once in a while can not only add some dimension to your filmmaking but can also show potential clients and employers that you've got a few tricks up your sleeve.      

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wow that was a really bad luma fade (but nice teaching material)

November 15, 2017 at 7:56AM, Edited November 15, 7:57AM

Dogukan Atlihan

You could have probably keyd the birds and used the sky and birds as two separate elements. Then made a much cleaner job of it. And just as quickly.

November 17, 2017 at 5:35AM

John Stockton
Film maker, Editor, Photographer.

Agree with these guys. The result of that demo looks like a mistake more than a choice.

November 19, 2017 at 8:57PM