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Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 24 of 65

Transitions: Effect Controls


Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 24 of 65

Transitions: Effect Controls


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Transitions: Effect Controls

Now, let's take the same dissolve, and look at it a little deeper. If I go ahead and select it, if I double click I can change the duration real easily, but if I select it and I go over here to my source panel, and right up here there's something called effects control. Normally if a clip is selected, you see modifications to the clip. We saw that earlier with audio. But if I select a transition, it brings up this kind of an interface. And what this allows me to do is a lot of the same controls I could do in the timeline, I could grab the edge, make it longer, but you'll notice here I can actually start rolling and shifting it. I can have the dissolve start slower and end faster on the next clip. I have a lot more control. If I want I can actually see the sources. It's a little small here, and I can change my duration here, either with a virtual slider or clicking it and typing in a number. So this is nice. It's kind of redundant, but it's not redundant in that this will give me more i...

nformation as I start working with different clips and different transitions. Here it's good, I had plenty of handles. I can position it, it updates in the timeline, and I can go ahead and play. But let's go ahead and put a transition at the very beginning where we have a situation where we don't have all the media. So if I try to drag on that cross-dissolve, it puts it on but it tells me insufficient media. The transition will contain repeated frames. So Premiere is trying to help you. It's saying okay I don't want to make it shorter. They want to put a transition on. So what it actually does is it creates a freeze frame on the last frame as it dissolves through. And in some cases, if you're holding still on an image, you can get away with it. In other cases you'll actually feel and see the dissolve. We're gonna say okay, now visually you know it's done that because you see cross hatching in the dissolve. So that's another warning and if I click this, you can see over in this little area here, I actually really have run out of media. There's my triangles and it's creating new media in those two spots. And visually, not bad on the going out because of the time lapse, but this is something else that weird happened. You know, I had this kind of shake in the camera, so I'm gonna go ahead, I'm gonna cut this, delete this a second, and I might have cut this and said, oh, look, I have this awful shake in the camera. I'm gonna take it right there. Then we have the Q key, we learned about that before. So, you know, I'm cutting my show, and I'm saying that looks okay. Now I want to put that transition in. Shift D, if I use the shift D, it's smart enough to say, you know something, I'm gonna not have enough media. They probably don't want to freeze it. So what it does is there's plenty of space at the beginning of this clip, because you know, I have room, there's nothing at the end. I'm gonna just end the transition. There's something called starting the transition on the cut or ending on the cut. I'm gonna end it on the cut, but this is gonna get me into trouble. It's trying to be nice because that silly camera shake is there. Now, you might not have the silly camera shake, but this is something that will probably happen if you're doing anything with photography. You might make a cut right after or right before a strobe pops and then you put the dissolve in and halfway through the dissolve there's this flash of light that's distracting. So that's where you have the gotcha. And that's where being able to roll the transition or modify the transition will really help out. So in this case, you could move it if you needed to beyond that. Now it's freezing that last frame. And as a matter of fact, while we're in here, I can hit the plus and minus to zoom in and zoom out, and adjust my interface if I want to see more, and so I can go ahead and it kind of freezes. Maybe I want it even a little more over. I'm doing as much cheating as I can. And I can kinda get away with it. So being able to manipulate your transitions, not only in your timeline, but also inside your effects control panel, can be very valuable. And it's simple. Now, let's suppose I wanted to apply transitions to multiple clips. I'm gonna go ahead and look at our whole timeline. I've got a bunch of video here, but this is something that you may want to do. I have some still images, and I brought these in and we'll work with these a little more under the filters. These are all five seconds long. They're pretty (mumbles), I'll probably do a move on them. But I want to go ahead and maybe I want to put dissolves on all of them, okay? So I can lasso them or select them all, shift D and right now it just put 15 frame dissolves on all the clips in one fell swoop. And now if I go ahead I can hit play, and I can see these and they're a little quick for my taste. I'm gonna go ahead and hit undo. But let's suppose that I do this. I go, you know wouldn't it be kinda cool if I had something that appears to be like a camera flash, like a flash to white. So let's go ahead and make that the default transition. And to do that, I go over here to my transitions. I have my dip to white. If I right click on it, if you right click on any of these transitions, you can say that is your default transition. So I right click on it. The blue box now moves to dip to white. I'm gonna go up here to my preferences, and under preferences, under general, I'm going to change the duration to something really short, to let's say six frames, a fifth of a second. Hit okay, and now when I go back here and select all these and say shift D for my default transition, you'll see that I now have flash to white, a whole different vibe, but I can do it really quickly. So being able to choose your default transition, being able to manipulate your transitions, and also your default duration can be very powerful. And you can switch this as you go, you know, say okay, I just did this montage, I wanted short ones. Now I'm gonna change my default to two seconds for this next set. It's really easy to do. Now I just want to step into the fact that not all transitions are dissolves or dips to white. Some are more complicated, are fancier, and they have more controls to work with. So if we go down here, and we'll step away from dissolve. We'll go into say a slide, and again, there's much better ones out there. But we're gonna use the center split. I can go ahead and I'm gonna drag that on this clip right here. Zoom in, and when I play it, did I put that on the right clip? I put it on the right clip, I didn't go to the right clip. There we go. Not the prettiest transition in the world, but if I go ahead and select it, I now can see my controls. First of all, it was the default of six frames, which wasn't very long, so I can go ahead and stretch that out, or I'm gonna just go in and type in 200, make it two seconds long. And now there are parameters that I can modify, okay? I can sit there and I can say, do I want a border? I do want a border so now I have a little bit of an edge. Because we can take an ugly transition and actually make it uglier. (laughter) I could also reverse the order in which, whether which comes in and which goes out. And then sit there and play that. So that's brilliant, and I can even change my border color with the eyedropper to be purple. Okay, so let's see how ugly that- There we go, that's, that's something I'm never gonna be proud of. Okay, but this is how easy they are to modify. And that's the point is that they all have parameters. Some of the nicer ones have situations where, you know, you can control the way things flare and blend and whatnot. And there are some beautiful ones out there. The nice thing is is that if I really did love this transition, and I wanted to put it in other clips, I could go ahead select it and copy it, and I could paste it on another transition. Let's say go here, so I'm gonna go ahead and paste it there, command V, you can let me paste it, can't you? Didn't copy. Yeah, command copy, command C, put it somewhere else. At the end here. There we go. Now it's gonna go to black on a beautiful- There we go. I obviously copied the dissolve. But you can copy and paste them, so the idea with transitions, very easy to put on. The key thing is to make sure you have enough handles. If you don't it'll advise you and give you a nice little freeze frame. You can get away with that. Sometimes you just may want to start it or end it on the cut so that you can use the area where there already is media, and just be careful that once you put the transition on, watch it to make sure you don't have any flash frames of like a bulb going off, or maybe the scene changed underneath, to make sure it's smooth, and if you do have the problem, go ahead and just roll that edit a little to the left or a little to the right, and you're good to go.

Class Description

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Join one of the best editing instructors, Abba Shapiro, to learn how to work effectively in Premiere Pro®. In this series, you'll learn the tools that allow you to build a story with video.

Abba will cover essential topics such as creating time-lapse videos, building a rough cut, working with audio, and incorporating motion and titles in your videos. Abba will show basic color correction techniques, as well as incorporating filters to enhance the look of your final video.

Lesson Plan

  • Understanding Editing 
  • Tour the Interface 
  • Building a Rough Cut 
  • Refining Your Edit 
  • Working with Audio 
  • Transitions 
  • Filters & Effects 
  • Motion and Animation 
  • Titling and Graphics 
  • Speed Changes 
  • Color Correction 
  • Finishing: Prepping for Output 
  • Sharing and Exporting 
  • Ingesting Media  
  • Media Management & Archiving 
  • Multi-Camera Editing 
  • Creating Timelapses 
  • Advanced Editing Techniques 
  • Thinking Like an Editor 
  • Green Screen, Warp Stabilizer and other Special Tools 

By the end of this class, you will feel proficient in creating video with this complex program. If you've been paying for Adobe's Creative Cloud, this is your guide to understanding and using one of the best tools within your subscription. You’ll be able to bring your images to life, organize your media and begin to build stories to share with your family, friends, and clients. If you’ve been thinking about expanding your business to include video, this class will give you the tools to successfully start creating quality products that will impress!  

For more interaction with Abba during the bootcamp, you can join his Facebook group: 

Abba Shapiro CreativeLive Facebook Group 

"Great class -- wasn't ready to take the leap into Premiere Pro until I had a framework. Not only did Abba give me that framework, but he gave me the tools to manage and balance the story, the editing process, and the start to-finish workflow to create a finished product. And it was fun!" - Creative Live Student 

Software Used: Adobe Premiere CC 2017


  1. Understanding Editing: Bootcamp Overview
  2. Understanding Editing: Overview
  3. Understanding Editing: Video Examples
  4. Tour The Interface: Digital Video Workflow
  5. Tour The Interface: Project Panel
  6. Tour The Interface: Choosing Your Shot
  7. Tour The Interface: Music And Voice Over
  8. Tour The Interface: Video Tracks
  9. Tour The Interface: Edit Markers
  10. Building a Rough Cut: Cut Planning
  11. Building a Rough Cut: Selecting Media
  12. Building a Rough Cut: The Edit
  13. Building a Rough Cut: Edit Points
  14. Refining Your Edit: Preparation
  15. Refining Your Edit: Making Cuts
  16. Refining Your Edit: Using Markers
  17. Refining Your Edit: J and L Cuts
  18. Refining Your Edit: Replace Edit
  19. Working with Audio: Overview
  20. Working with Audio: Levels
  21. Working with Audio: Music
  22. Working with Audio: Mixing And Syncing
  23. Transitions: Overview
  24. Transitions: Effect Controls
  25. Filters & Effects: Overview
  26. Filters & Effects: Using Multiple Filters
  27. Motion & Animation: Motion And Animation Overview
  28. Motion & Animation: Movement With Still Images
  29. Motion & Animation: Picture In Picture
  30. Motion & Animation: Motion Effects
  31. Titling & Graphics: Overview
  32. Titling & Graphics: Advanced Tools
  33. Titling & Graphics: Roll And Crawl Effects
  34. Titling & Graphics: Working With Photoshop
  35. Speed Changes: Overview
  36. Speed Changes: Stills And Variable Speeds
  37. Color Correction: Overview
  38. Color Correction: Lumetri Scopes
  39. Color Correction: Contrast
  40. Color Correction: Advanced Tools
  41. Color Correction: Adjusting To A Master Clip
  42. Finishing: Prepping for Output
  43. Finishing: QC Edit Points
  44. Sharing & Exporting: Overview
  45. Sharing & Exporting: Size And Quality
  46. Ingesting Media:
  47. Ingesting Media: Transferring And Importing
  48. Media Management & Archiving
  49. Multi-Camera Editing: Overview
  50. Multi-Camera Editing: Creating A Sequence
  51. Multi-Camera Editing: Switching Multiple Cameras
  52. Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing
  53. Creating Timelapses: Shooting Strategies
  54. Creating Timelapses: Editing Images
  55. Creating Timelapses: Importing Strategies
  56. Creating Timelapses: Animation
  57. Advanced Editing Techniques: Take Command Of Your Timeline
  58. Advanced Editing Techniques: Transitions
  59. Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts
  60. Advanced Editing Techniques: Preference Hacks
  61. Thinking Like an Editor: Editing Choices
  62. Thinking Like an Editor: Telling the Story
  63. Special Tools: Warp Stabilizer
  64. Special Tools: Morph Cut
  65. Special Tools: Green Screen


a Creativelive Student

I've never even tried video editing before this class. I opened the program once and panicked. After only 9 lessons I was able to throw a short video together (basic of course, but still pretty cool). I wish all of my teachers growing up were just like Abba. He goes over everything without dragging anything on for too long. He repeats things just enough for me to actually remember them, and he is funny. He keeps it fun and shows that even he makes mistakes. I can't even believe how much I have learned in less than a quarter of his class. I have a long way to go and am very excited to learn more. This class is worth every penny and more! I was hesitant on buying the class because I have CS6 and he works with CC, but I have already used what I've learned in his course to create a video. The first 9 lessons were already worth what I paid for the entire course. Thank you, Abba! You are an awesome teacher! You have me absolutely obsessed with creating right now! I highly recommend! You won't find this thorough of a course for this decent price!

Patricia Downey

Just bought this yesterday and cannot stop watching!!!! What a FANTASTIC teacher-- just love the way he explains everything. For someone like me (who has a zillion questions) it is perfect. As soon as he introduces a feature, he explains several aspects in such a way that's easy to grasp and remember. So, so happy I got this. Thank you Abba and CreativeLive!

a Creativelive Student

I am only on lesson 19 and I am so glad I bought this class, so worth it and Abba packs so much information into these lessons its crazy. I will for sure have to come back and watch again when I need to remember to do stuff or need a refresher. He is funny and quirky and a great teacher. I so recommend this to anyone wanting to become a better video editor!! I am coming from being self taught and using iMovie and he makes it so simple and understandable. Can't wait to learn more :)