5 CAMERA TRANSITIONS YOU NEED TO KNOW


How’s it going everybody, this is Dean
Rojas with Epidemic Sound and today we’re gonna be talking about camera
transitions. We’re gonna be talking about camera transitions, but more specifically we’re gonna be talking about in-camera seamless transitions. Transitions serve a
very valuable purpose in the film world. They’ll reveal location, a meaning, give
context to your story. Transitions are super important because you don’t want
to confuse your viewer and you don’t want to jar them, distract them from the
piece, you want them to just feel like they’re watching one whole thing and not
have to think too much about it. One of the kings of seamless transitions is
Edgar Wright, you’ve probably seen his films Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Baby
Driver, Scott Pilgrim vs. the world and what he does is he creates these scenes
where the cuts aren’t really visible at all and he uses this to tell a story and
to tell time basically. A lot of Edgar Wright’s transitions have become very
popular amongst the YouTube and film community, one of the most popular ones
is the whip pan. A whip pan is literally exactly what it sounds like. You are
whipping your camera while you’re panning. With a whip pen you want your
first and second clip to align with each other, so you’re going to want to begin
the whip in the same direction that you exit frame as you begin in the next. So
what you’re doing is you’re disguising the cut with the motion blur from the
whip pan. So this next one I’m gonna call it a reveal, so basically what you do is
you’re gonna pass by a subject or object and you’re gonna push your camera into
it until the whole lens is covered black and then you’re gonna begin your next
clip with the lens covered black by your subject or object and then pull out to
reveal a new location. So the cut basically disappears. So this next one is
pretty similar to the whip pan but instead of whipping we’re going to tilt.
So basically we’re going to go up and down instead of left and right. For this
example here’s a clip and it starts up and then it continues down.
There’s another way that you could do this where you started going up and you
continue the next one going from below to get this kind of rolling effect, but
for this example I went up to down. So this next transition is pretty funky, but
it always looks super good and people are like “how did you do that”. So I don’t
even really know what to call this, but what you do is you take your camera, you
capture your subject and then you basically just wiggle your camera around
like a crazy person. And you’re gonna do this for two clips and with the next one
we’re actually going to reverse the clip in post. So in the two clips where it
wiggles are going to be connected and then what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna
speed those up and post to get a more quicker kind of effect, so it seems like
it just goes from one straight to the next. So the next transition is similar
to the reveal I call this the youtuber, or the vlogger. Basically what you do is
you take your hand and then you cover the lens. And you take your hand off and
you reveal that you’re in a new location, time has passed, crazy. Wow, yeah,
just like that. So these transitions can help carry your film, make you a better cinematographer. So you don’t always have to use these types of transitions.
These types of transitions can become overused and it can become jarring and a
little discombobulated for the viewer. So use them wisely, make smart decisions,
you guys got this. Thank you guys so much for watching, if you enjoyed this video please leave a like, leave a comment, hit that subscribe, turn on the notification
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9 Replies to “5 CAMERA TRANSITIONS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  1. Also, next time you do one of these, can we have more examples. The shot where he talks about editing the clip in post and then reversing it sounds like a cool transistion, but it would be cool to see what it actually looked like completed! 🙂

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