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Part: III Editing > Using Transitions

Chapter 8. Using Transitions

Transitions are effects placed between video clips to help smooth the movement from one scene to another. We've all seen transitions, even if we don't recognize them by that name. In movies, for example, when the screen fades to black at the end of a dramatic scene and then fades back in from black to the next scene, the filmmaker is using a fade transition. When two scenes blend together for a moment before the second scene appears clearly, the filmmaker is using a dissolve transition.

On Monday Night Football, when the halftime stats swing back, down, and under, revealing Al and John, that's a transition, too. However, in most film and television productions, the most frequent transition is a cut, which is actually the absence of a transition, or the instantaneous jump from the last frame of the first clip to the first frame of the second clip.


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