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Video Editing for Dummies: Top 5 Video Editing Transitions

Transition is defined as the process of how two videos are joined together.  All video editors know how these tools are essential in their craft and how these are used effectively.

Using transitions so much is a common mistake for amateurs. Professionals use these very sparingly. They generally use two effects: cuts and crossfades. Use transitions depending on your project.

To give you more ideas on how to use them, here are the different editing transitions:


This shows an instant change from one shot to the next. This is also the most common transition.  Commonly used for film and television.


A kind of transition that has a slow fading effect from one video to another, often to convey a contemplative mood. Best used for photo montages and sceneries.  Also used for a TV show transiting to a commercial.


A transition that goes to either a black or white color, often to connote a beginning or an ending.


A shot is replaced by another shot through a geometrical pattern.  Types of wipe ranges from straight lines to complex shapes.  Great for showing changes in location or showcasing options/choices (e.g. multiple products).

Digital Effects

This refers to a variety of editing effects available for most video editing applications including colour replacement, animated effects, pixelization, focus drops, lighting effects. Use your creativity on how to use these effects, just remember not to overuse them.



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