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Are “Smooth” Transitions Just a Gimmick? Let’s Talk About It.

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Video transitions have been around for as long as I can remember. As a kid watching Star Wars, there were always those “super” cinematic linear wipes that would take you from one scene to the next. While transitions might have been simpler back in the day, they still had their place and served a specific purpose (even if they DO happen to look amazingly cheesy now).

How Transitions Are Used Today

It seems transitions have gotten pushed to the max in the past several years within the online filmmaker and content creator community. Sometimes it feels like these effects are becoming over saturated. In today’s video, I want to open up a discussion about “smooth” transitions and their most commonly paired-with counterpart – speed ramping (or more technically referred to as Time-Remapping). I talk about how I personally believe they should be used and also where they’re unnecessary and can turn the viewer off. Knowing the context of when and when NOT to implement these techniques into your videos is important. It goes back to that basic rule of marketing and advertising – know your audience.

Professional Example

After the discussion, I take you through one of my client examples of how I incorporated some in-camera “smooth” transitions and time remapping on a local Mini Cooper S feature. The set up and equipment used for this shoot was very stripped down and minimal. Focusing on getting the right camera moves while shooting was an important step in achieving the smoothest transitions possible. By planning out your shots ahead of time, the post-production side of things becomes very fast because the only real work you have to do while editing is nail your time-remapping and cross fade points. You can see more of my professional work on my homepage.

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AaronAre “Smooth” Transitions Just a Gimmick? Let’s Talk About It.
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How to Nail Perfect Skin Tones Without Eyeballing It – HSL Curves & Color Scopes

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Whether it’s during color correction or color grading, sometimes you just want the freedom of tweaking your colors in post. If you were shooting in bad lighting, had trouble white balancing, or you just need to go the extra mile to make those skin tones pop, Hue Saturation and Luminance Curves might actually come to the rescue.

The Limitations

Keep in mind that most popular DSLR and mirrorless cameras, like the Sony Alpha and Canon EOS lines, are limited to 8-bit color for internal recording. Some newer camera lines like Fujifilm and Panasonic Lumix offer higher bit depths. Even if 8-bit is all you have to work with, you can still get some great results if you’re careful with your color selections. If you want to learn more about color bit-depth, there is a great article that covers this topic over on Videomaker’s website.

Non-Linear Editors

This isn’t exclusive to any one NLE, so all the big names like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and Davinci Resolve have these options available to you. While these are just the top three, any video editor that lets you manipulate colors might have these options as well. However, some more basic/mobile video editing software like iMovie, Kinemaster or Premiere Rush will not have this flexibility. Typically, advanced color manipulation will require editing on a desktop or laptop.

I’m going to start frequently sharing how I approach a variety of my video projects in hopes to reach anyone who might need help in their video production process. Rather than a random dude that just records videos for YouTube, I hope to actually share some insight from my actual client work. If you have any specific questions or requests on future video topics, I’d love to hear them! It will help me plan more videos like this in the future.

Now…..go isolate some colors, friends! 

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AaronHow to Nail Perfect Skin Tones Without Eyeballing It – HSL Curves & Color Scopes
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