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Quick tip to editing your training videos in Adobe Premiere

When editing your training videos, there are certain things you can do to add a bit more style to the flow of the video. One of them is to add transitions between takes (or segments).

If you have different clips showing several angles that you want to show in one scene, or simply different scenes that relate to your training, you can join them by using transition effects, to make those changes appear in a more smooth way (think of the transitions between scenes in any of the Star Wars movies). It might not always be necessary, since you can play with these transitions to add dramatism to the video.

Personally, I like to keep the transitions simple, i.e. most of the times I use a cross-dissolve transition between keeps, as I believe the dynamic animations are already part of the video (if I am working with Vyond, for example).

However, there are times when issues might appear when you are adding these transitions. “Issues” sounds like a strong word, but let me explain: when you have two clips from different sources (different videos) and add a transition at the point where they are connected, while previewing you can potentially see unwanted footage, but why does this happen? This happens because to interpret the transition between the two clips, Adobe Premiere needs to keep playing the first video while transitioning to the second video, that’s why you might see footage from either of the clips that you had cut out on purpose.

How do we fix this? Well, there are a couple of things you can do. If you select the transition effect on the timeline, you can see its properties in the Effect Controls panel:

One of the things you can do is to reduce the duration of the effect, for example to 15 frames, that will make the effect take fewer frames from each clip to interpret the transition and potentially get rid of the undesired footage.

If you can still see it, then you can change the alignment of the transition effect; by default, Adobe Premiere will align the effect to the center of the cut, meaning that it will take the same amount of frames from each of the two clips, so you can change it to “Start at Cut” in which the second clip will provide most of the frames for the transition (I do this if the unwanted footage comes from the first clip) or you can select “End at Cut”, to make the first clip provide most of the frames for the transition, if the unwanted footage comes from the second clip.

And that’s it, hopefully this will help you a lot when editing your training videos.


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