What is an iris wipe?
Learn how to use this video editing effect for a focused, dramatic transition.
Planning and shooting video is a naturally fun and creative process. Editing can be, too. And a lot of drama can lie in your transition edits.
Learn how — and when — to use the iris wipe transition to set a scene.
Your transition questions, answered.
- What is a wipe? A wipe is a type of film transition where one shot replaces another shot through a "wiping" effect. It could be a wipe from one side of the screen to the other, from both sides of the screen to the middle, or even in a shape.
- What's an iris wipe? An iris wipe is a wipe transition that takes the form of a growing or shrinking circle.
- When would I use an iris wipe? An iris wipe can signify the end of the story, like we see used at the end of the popular Looney Tunes cartoons. It can also help draw attention to a focal point in the shot. This technique is great for when you're transitioning perspectives, like from a close-up shot to a wide shot, or vice versa.
- How do I create an iris wipe? Most video editing software has transition effect capabilities. As you're editing your videos, see where an iris wipe might add a nice effect — to draw attention to something in your shot, to foreshadow, to change angles, or to close out the narrative.