Turn DIY projects into fun DIY videos.

If you can do it yourself, you can record yourself doing it. Learn how to make DIY videos on everything from woodworking to nail art. 

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Show other DIYers the way.

Whether you’re a pro or you just like to do things yourself and learn as you go, you can share your experience and know-how with the world through DIY videos. With equipment you already own and a basic knowledge of video editing, you can walk others through your step-by-step process for paper crafts, living room makeovers, life hacks, faucet installations, or anything else you do yourself.

 

Where to begin.

From kids’ crafts to kitchen hacks to home remodels, your project just has to be something that you need or want done. Brad Rodriguez makes furniture, home improvement, and woodworking DIY videos. He starts by brainstorming DIY ideas with his wife. “We list out the things we need, like rooms that we’d like to remodel, but it’s a mix of things we’re excited about and things that will interest others,” says Rodriguez.

 

If you’re not sure what will interest others, use the internet to find out. Whether your audience is homeowners or fans of Christmas crafts, you can see what videos are performing well on YouTube or social media. You can also search Google Trends to see what’s currently popular. 

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How to use transitions in Adobe Premiere Pro.

 

1. Open the Effects panel under the Window tab.

 

2. Open the Video Transitions folder and select which transition you want to apply.

 

3. Drag and drop the transition in between the two clips where you want it to appear

 

4. Customize the duration and alignment of your transition using the Effect Controls panel.

 

For a visual step-by-step of this process, check out this guided video tutorial.

 

Apply a default transition.

The quickest way to add a transition is to right-click in between the two clips where you want to add a transition and select Apply Default Transition. This will add a cross dissolve effect, and it works for both video clips and audio tracks

 

Get a handle on it.

One thing to keep in mind as you edit your video is that your two frames need to overlap to create a transition. The extra footage on each end of the clip is called a handle. Handles will appear only if you have more footage than you are using in the timeline. To create handles, drag the ends of your clip to extend them and create a buffer for your transition.

 

If there is no extra footage, Premiere Pro will repeat the last and first frames of the selected clips to make the transition. To avoid cutting your clips short, keep your camera rolling for a few extra seconds before and after every shot. This will also give you more flexibility when you cut your footage.

Working with transitions in Creative Cloud.

If you want a type of transition you don’t see in an Adobe video editor, don’t worry — there’s a plug-in for that. The Adobe Video Partner Finder can help you find plug-ins that have been vetted for use with Adobe apps. Video effects like glitch transitions, liquid transitions, and seamless transitions will all come from plug-ins.

 

You can also make transitions in Adobe After Effects and Photoshop and bring them into your Premiere Pro workflow. If you don’t have any footage of your own, check out Adobe Stock to download high-quality stock video and get some practice 

 

Tips to get the most out of your transitions.

Don’t go overboard.

As fun as they are, too many transitions can be distracting and cause your video to look amateurish. It’s best to stick with a few well-placed transitions than to crowd your video with too many effects.

 

Keep your transitions consistent.

Too many different transitions can make your video seem unevenly paced and erratic. Pick a few types of transitions to rotate between and you’ll establish a consistent flow your audience will get used to.

 

Use them where appropriate.

Think about how your transition serves your story. A transition that marks a new chapter or phase of the film, such as an intro or outro, will be more expected than a transition between two clips in the same scene. Your transitions should be a storytelling device, not a way to simply fill space or add flashy effects.

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