December 12, 2017

Check Out This Awesome Method for Making Your Own In-Camera Transitions

If you want to jazz up your transitions in your edit, you can do it with a little fancy camera work.

Excluding star wipes and other similar editorial disasters, creative transitions are not only great for smoothing out the rough edges in between shots and scenes but for adding lots of style and flavor to your work. And yes, we all know that most NLEs offer a selection of less than stellar options to choose from, but guess what—you can always choose to make one instead. In this tutorial, Peter McKinnon shows you how to pull off a ridiculously simple technique for creating your own unique transitions in-camera.

The thing I love about transitions is that, depending on what they do and how they work, they can pack in so much style into such a small space—I mean, most transitions are what, a couple of frames long? They're so incredibly efficient at what they do, and if you've got an eye for creative camera work, you can do so much with the technique McKinnon demonstrated in the video.

Now, if you're making a narrative film, nine times out of ten your transitions are going to be a simple cut. Nothing fancy. If you're making a music video, commercial, or avant-garde piece, however, you might employ these creative transitions more often. That's why this method is so dope because the transition options NLEs give you are—not the best, but if you know that a crazy camera move can produce a great, unique transition, then you'd probably ditch the star wipes and go straight for something that you made with your own camera.     

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this was so completely dumb ....please take this article down...QUICKLY before anyone else has to suffer thru it.

December 12, 2017 at 9:13PM

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Why was it dumb?

December 13, 2017 at 6:21AM

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That Kenya video was dope.

December 13, 2017 at 9:29AM

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Logan Fish
Video Journalist, Gulf News
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I thought this was a really creative technique. Thanks for sharing!

December 13, 2017 at 11:45AM

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Seth Deming
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wow, that is really fantastic method) I can only imagine how long you have been looking for it

December 14, 2017 at 6:34AM

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Myrtle Tran
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This is great! I get caught up in some many other aspects of cinematography that I forget you can accomplish such a simple technique so easily...

January 13, 2018 at 2:59PM

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John Haas
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