How To Add Transitions In Adobe After Effects

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Adding transitions in Adobe After Effects is a simple yet effective way to make your animation or video project more professional and engaging. Transitions help weave clips or sequences together, ensuring a smooth flow from one frame to another. In this blog, we will guide you through the steps on how to add transitions in Adobe After Effects.

Step 1: Open Your Project in Adobe After Effects

To begin, open your project in Adobe After Effects. If you don’t have a project yet, create one by clicking on File > New > New Project.

Step 2: Import Your Footage

Next, import your footage by clicking File > Import > File. Locate your video file, select it and click Open.

Step 3: Create a New Composition

Now, create a new composition. To do this, drag your video footage into the “New Composition” icon at the bottom of the Project Panel. You can also do this by clicking on Composition > New Composition.

Step 4: Add a Transition

Adobe After Effects includes several types of transitions. Here, we will focus on adding a simple Fade In and Fade Out transition which is quite popular.

Let’s start with the Fade In transition. To add this transition, you will need to adjust the opacity of the video layer. In the timeline, click on the arrow next to the layer name to reveal the layer properties. Click on the arrow next to Transform to show the transform options.

To create a fade in effect, we’ll use the property of Opacity. At the beginning of your video clip, set the Opacity to 0% by clicking on the stopwatch icon next to Opacity. This will create a keyframe. Move the timeline cursor forward to the point where you want the fade in to end, and change the Opacity to 100%. This will automatically create another keyframe.

Your code should now look something like this: = 0;{time:0, value:0});{time:2, value:100});

For a Fade Out effect, the process is similar. Move the timeline cursor to the point where you want the Fade Out to start and change the Opacity to 100%. Move the timeline cursor forward to the end of the video, and change the Opacity back to 0%. This will create another set of keyframes for the Fade Out effect.{time:8, value:100});{time:10, value:0});

That’s it! You have now successfully added a basic transition in Adobe After Effects. Please remember that After Effects is a powerful tool with many more transition options available, so do not hesitate to experiment.

Happy editing!