• 29/05/2020

4 In-Camera Video Transitions to make YOUR Camera or Smart Phone Vids Cinematic.

4 In-Camera Video Transitions to make YOUR Camera or Smart Phone Vids Cinematic.

4 In-Camera Video Transitions to make YOUR Camera or Smart Phone Vids Cinematic. Simple techniques that will baffle your audiences and can be used in many situations. The only limit? Your Imagination.

4 In-Camera Video Transitions to make YOUR Camera or Smart Phone Vids Cinematic.
4 In-Camera Video Transitions to make YOUR Camera or Smart Phone Vids Cinematic.

Add something different to your edit above the usual cut or software generated cross-fade. Get physical with your camera instead.

All it takes is a little bit of planning.

#1. Push In. Pull Out.

Top 4 In-Camera Video Transitions to make YOUR Camera or Smart Phone Vids Cinematic the very simple Push In/Pullout. This is how to pull it off.

  • To start, set up the your camera in a fixed lock-off position. At the end of the the planned shot shot or scene, bring an object into the camera lens to block the shot.
  • Go to the next location or scene start with the same object covering the lens, roll the camera, pull the object away from the lens and start the scene.
  • In the edit, drop the first scene on the timeline scrub to the point where the object covers the screen. Drop the second scene on the time line, find the start just as the object uncovers the lens, and paste it to the end of the first scene.
  • Readjust the speed to make the transition snappy and boom, you have the push in, pull out transition.

Get creative, the beauty of the pulling/pull out transition is you could do it with anything that moves. Hand, hat, ball, door even a moving car.

#2. The Whip

Top 4 In-Camera Video Transitions to make YOUR Camera or Smart Phone Vids Cinematic is the whip. The whip is one of the more dramatic transitions you can do.

  • For the best cinematic results from the whip, keep your frame rate low. 24fps will give the best blur in the transition.
  • Shoot your scene as normal, as it ends twist the camera to the left or right. Make sure the twist travels through 90 degrees. Remember which way you whipped the camera.
  • Set up the second scene with the camera lens at least 90 degrees from the planned shot framing. Keep the same direction the last scene finished on.
  • Roll the camera and twist the camera in to frame and finish the scene.
  • In the edit drop the first scene on your timeline, scrub through to where the frame is at full burr during the twist. Drop the second scene on the timeline, start at the full blur of the whip in.
  • That is you whip transition completed.

Mix the whip transition up a bit. Try the sky whip by tipping the camera up to the sky to end the scene, start the next whipping down from the sky. Add some sound to emphasise the whip.

#3. The Frame Hold

On the face of it, the frame hold seems a very simple in-camera transition. It can be, as long as you are prepared.

  • At first location, set up the camera in a locked-off position. time to use your grid lines to set up the horizon and frame the shot. He need to match the scene in the second location.
  • Shoot the scene with you or your talent walking in frame left, and exit frame right. Let the camera roll with a clean frame for a few seconds.
  • Set up at new location. Match the framing from the previous scene using the grid lines.
  • Roll the camera, do you your action, walk through the frame.
  • In the edit drop the scene on to the time line. Cut the two scenes one after the other. Both frames should match if you’ve used your gridlines, you may need to adjust to match.

Choose contrasting locations for this transition for maximum effect. Used careful, this can be one of the most satisfying ways to drift from one scene to the next.

#4. Camera In/Camera Out.

In-camera transition number 4 is the one you need, to add pace and excitement to your video work. Get the camera moving, its the secret to this one.

If you shoot product, this is a great transition which can make even a bland six pint milk jug exciting.

  • Set the camera a distance away from your subject.
  • Roll the camera, move the camera toward the object until it fills the frame completely, eventually turning the frame black.
  • Set up the camera at the next location. Frame up this time close to the subject so it covers the shot.
  • Roll the camera, pull back at pace revelling the subject/object in the new location.
  • In edit, scrub through the first scene to the point the frame is filled with the object. Make the cut. Drop the second clip on the sequence, starting at the closeup, then pulling back.

Things to watch with this transition, match the pace on the in and out to give a smooth professional look. Consider speed ramping to make it more dynamic. Watch the colour match at the point of transition.

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