How to use a wipe transition in videos.
There are countless ways to transition between scenes or camera angles in a video, but the simple wipe has always been a favorite. Learn how to use a wipe transition in your videos.
What is a wipe transition?
A wipe transition moves from one shot to another with a sliding animation. It makes it look like one shot is literally wiped away to reveal the next.
Wipe transitions are great for grabbing your viewers’ attention, but they can quickly become overwhelming if used too much. As with all animated transitions, use them only if you have a good reason. Otherwise, it can take away from your video.
Types of wipes to use in your videos.
There are a few different types of wipe transitions you can use in videos. Each one is used to communicate a specific message:
- Single — Reveals the next shot with a straight line that moves across the screen.
- Double — Works like a single wipe, except there are two lines that move across the screen. They can start in the middle of the screen and move out or on the edges and move in.
- Iris — Reveals the next shot with an expanding or contracting circle. Iris in transitions (expanding) are great for the beginning of a scene, while iris out transitions (contracting) make for a dramatic —if not comedic — ending.
- Clock — The wipe transition sweeps the screen in a circle, like the hands of a clock.
How to add a wipe transition.
Video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro makes it easy to add a wipe transition to your video. All you need to do is look through the effects, find the perfect wipe transition, and apply it to the beginning or end of a clip.
Looking for more? Take a moment to explore video tips and tricks that can up your creation skills. Then discover everything you can do with Premiere Pro to add attention-grabbing transitions to your videos.