On this website, I’ve already talked a bit about how to add transitions to video clips inside of Photoshop. This feature is really easy to take advantage of. I’ve used video editing software in the past that has truly made me scratch my head. To this day, I don’t have a solid idea of how to use certain aspects of those pieces of software. Photoshop is different. It’s well thought out and is easy on the fingertips. Each and every thing you want to accomplish only take a few mere clicks.
In today’s post, I’d like to demonstrate how to use one particular area of the transition feature of Adobe Photoshop. In this project, I’ll go about setting up some video clips in the Timeline panel and then I’ll add a variety of transitions to the beginnings and ends of them. From there, I’ll show you how to adjust the length of those transitions, which really only takes a click or two. It’s so easy.
I’m going to show you four screenshots here. They are all food related, so the final movie will be a simple montage that includes each one. I’ll show them to you in the order I’ll place them on the timeline. I’ve also cut each clip so each one is only ten seconds long.
Setting the Video Clips Up on the Timeline
As I stated above, I’ve already gone ahead and placed each clip into the same timeline in the same tab. I trimmed each one to ten seconds as well.
Here’s what the current timeline looks like. If you have any questions about how I set things up like this, please ask them in the comment area below.
Adding Fade With Black Transitions
I think it’s a good idea to begin this video with a fade from black. I also think it would be nice to fade to black at the end. To do this, I’ll click on the Transitions icon located in the Timeline panel. From there, a pop up box will appear. I’ll click on the Fade With Black option and drag it down to the side of the clip I’d like to either fade from or fade to. For instance, since I want the first clip in the video to fade from black, I’ll drag the fade option to the left side of the clip in the Timeline panel. Since I want the last clip to fade to black, I’ll drag the option down to the right side of the clip. I’ve circled everything I just discussed in this paragraph below.
Adding Cross Fade Transitions
Next, I’ll add cross fades to each area between the clips. To do this, I’ll select and drag the Cross Fade option down and between each clip. I’ll then drop it there. I took a screenshot as I was doing this to the first one.
I’ll go ahead and complete another one as well.
Adjusting the Duration of the Transitions
Okay, we’re getting to the meat of things. There are a few ways to customize the duration of a video transition in Photoshop. The first method is to simply adjust the transition timing before you drag and drop it on the timeline. To do this, just drag the Duration slider to the left or to the right to the number of seconds that you would like the transition to last for. You can even type the exact duration into the box if you would like. I’ve circled the location of this tool below.
The second method is to roll your mouse over the transition marker in the clip on the timeline and wait for your mouse pointer to change into a bracket. When that happens, you can click and drag that transition to the left or to the right. That will alter its duration, but this method won’t offer nearly the accuracy of the previous method. Take a look at the screenshot below. I really dragged the cross fade transition as far as it would go to the right.
The Final Video
Okay, let’s take a look at the final video. Let’s see those transitions in action.
Pretty cool, huh? I’d say that looks good. And as I stated above, all this is very easy to accomplish.
I hope I clearly explained how to adjust the duration of a transition while working on video in Adobe Photoshop. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this post, please leave them in the comment section below. Thanks for reading!