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Chapter 4. Inserting Transitions > Transitions In-Depth

Transitions In-Depth

Knowing how Premiere Elements handles transitions will help you use transitions effectively and understand some of the limitations that Premiere Elements applies during operation. Here's the skinny.

Premiere Elements creates transitions using handles, or frames trimmed from the beginning and end of the clip when setting in and out points or trimming on the Timeline. For example, when creating a cross dissolve transition between two clips, Premiere Elements uses frames trimmed from the end of first clip to blend ahead into the second clip, and frames trimmed from the beginning of the second clip to blend back into the first clip. Problems arise when you don't have any trimmed frames for Premiere Elements to work with.

Let's look at several scenarios using two clips from another project, the lady (my wife) and the tiger.

Scenario 1 - No Handles: Here neither clip has been trimmed at all.

While a transition that extends over both clips (a double-sided transition) may look a bit more symmetrical, few viewers will ever notice the difference, so if this is where you end up, that's OK.

As you probably would guess, had I trimmed the tiger video, and not that of my wife, the icon would point in the other direction and the one-sided transition would extend over the first video, not the second.

Scenario 3 - Dual Handles: Here I've trimmed both videos so both have handles. Accordingly, Premiere Elements lets me choose between a double-sided transition (shown below) or a single-sided transition on either side.

The simple answer is to go double-sided and place the transition in the middle. However, as you get more advanced as an editor, you may want to experiment with single-sided transitions and see which looks best to you.

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