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Lesson 6. Building a Dynamic Slide Show > Applying Transition Effects

Applying Transition Effects

A transition effect is a special effect that alters the way you move from one shot to the next. The classic transition effect is the cross dissolve—where one shot disappears and is replaced by the next shot. But just as important is the fade-out (where one shot disappears to black) and the fade-in (where the next shot changes from black into an image). Slightly more hokey, but no less important, are wipes: geometric patterns that mediate the transition from one shot to the next. iMovie provides a series of different kinds of wipes as well.

Those who are new to making videos tend to overuse effects. Because iMovie makes it so easy to add effects and provides so many interesting options (as, in fact, all professional video tools do), it's tempting to play with them and cobble together a visual oddity for your video projects. But go easy: Less is more.


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