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Premiere Pro: Adding Transitions

Adobe Premiere Pro 2021. Be aware that different versions of Premiere will vary in appearance and functionality. The following instructions are based on the Editing workspace interface.


A transition is an effect that stitches or joins one clip to another. Transitions are used in various ways, such as to tell the audience that there has been a change in scenes or a jump in time. Avoid using flashy or obvious transitions as they are distracting to the audience. The most effective and widely used video transition is Crossfade, which fades one clip out while simultaneously fading the next clip in.

Since transitions work by utilizing the last and first few second(s) of clips to create an animation, they will not work properly between clips that have no more frames beyond their end-points. When the clips are at their max length, they’re marked with a small white triangle on their start- and end-points. 


Applying a transition to a clip at max length will result in an error message and a poorly applied transition. If this happens, try shortening the clips.


To add a transition between two clips:
  1. Navigate to the Effects panel, which is a tab in the window with the Project panel.
  2. Locate the desired transition under “Video Transitions” or “Audio Transitions”. 
  3. Click-and-drag the transition to the Timeline, and place it in the desired location. Transitions can be placed in front of, after, or in-between clips. It will appear as a bar when placed.

Basic Transition Controls:
  • To shorten/lengthen a transition, click-and-drag the end-points of the transition inwards/outwards.
  • To delete a transition, click to select it and press the Delete key.
  • To fine-tune the transition, double-click the applied transition to access detailed controls in the Effect Controls tab of the Source Monitor.



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KeywordsAdobe, editing, video, audio, movie, fading   Doc ID100579
OwnerJanelle B.GroupPacific Lutheran Univ
Created2020-04-14 10:36:14Updated2023-08-04 15:29:48
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