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Thread: Post-production transitions and effects

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    Default Post-production transitions and effects

    I am a noob. I am trying to edit some footage and want to create a storyboard or script that incorporates transitions between scenes and also scene setup effects. I don't know the name or definition of what I am trying to accomplish, just the concept, so I will try to briefly explain. My end product is targeted for children. I would like to search online or the library for ways to display footage that is engaging and interesting.

    For instance, when I watch Sesame Street, they sometimes split the screen into 4 squares and each square has either a picture or video clip inside it. Does this type of post-production style have a name? Not the specific 4 square setup, but the idea behind it. I know about introduction, body, and conclusion, but what about all the interesting ways the body can be edited to make an engaging series of clips which would ultimately become the "body of work"?

    I am sorry if this question is absolutely silly, but I know so little of this industry.


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    Smalltown, Queensland


    As far as I know this is all down to your imagination, and the software gives you the tools to be able to create it, you just have to know the software well enough to be able to work out how you can achieve it.

    Seems like you are asking for wizards that will offer suggestions for you and then format your video tracks accordingly. I don't think they exist, but maybe someone else knows of them?

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    There are no silly questions, well I asked one once but I think I got away with it.

    You actually called it the correct name when you said split screen it can also be known as picture in picture. As you posted this question in the Adobe section of the forum I presume you use their software. So if you do a search on YouTube for "Split screen in Adobe tutorial" you should get some results that will walk you though how to do it.

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    I know there are no "Silver Bullets", wizards, or elixirs to do the job. If by "wizards" you meant pre-formatted templates to walk you thorough the process without me doing much work ... They don't exist ... At least not for the quality of work I intend to produce. Or if by "wizards" you meant another professional who knows the product ... Well they do exist, but I want to do the work myself, if possible.

    Both Adobe Premiere and After Effects are enormous products. Are there any reference materials or clips that showcase the capabilities of these programs? Maybe by end-users themselves? Like a video archive or repository of post-produced footage? I know there is YouTube, but that has everything from crap to Shinola ... Since I don't really know what I am looking for ... I don't know how to begin to find it.

    Lets say I am making a video about puppies and kittens. My intro is done (its not, I am making this up), the musical score is done, and now I need to write the script for the storyboards and narration. Since I don't know what I don't know how then or where do I come up with the flow of content for each scene and the transitions between the scenes? Are there tips and techniques books? I am open to all suggestions.

    Thank you again.

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    Smalltown, Queensland


    I mean wizards like you would get in MSOffice etc, or say a greeting card program where it shows you a template, then asks for the wording for the card and what colours and front picture you want, and then goes off and produces the card for you. In film terms this could be a split screen template, or similar. The transitions and effects already available in editing software are wizards in a way, because all these things can be programmed manually instead, but the simplest ones are already made up for you, and they can be tweaked to suit you.

    But when it comes to content and type of transitions for your film, it's surely up to you to know what you want to do. Then there will be a template transition you can use, or you will have to do it manually.

    Have you used an editing program? Sounds like you are using a very basic one. I suggest you go get a trial of Sony Vegas and see what template transitions already exist, maybe there is enough of what you want in there already.

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    London, England


    It's true that after you go through ALL the transitions and effect in Vegas Movie-studio, you be near Returement age.
    As Stripe suggests many are pre-set, and then you tweak. Some have colour changes, +blur, and these create almost an infinity of choices - but in the past I've remembered an early lesson.... find the effect you like, then halve it. That is usually quite enough.

    The first thing to remember is that Content is King - get the story interesting and engaging and the Transitions and Effect should only add maybe 10% to the experience. Don't think Effects-alone will raise your game, you may be disapointed, IMHO. Far better to concentrate on getting good clean footage in front of yr target audience and (with permission) film their reactions to the story-line . . . this may help develop parts that are Weak - but allow the excitement to vary throughout - too much isn't necessary and may be rejected. Have you an audience route in mind . . . some channels will have specific equirements - they are not always the same throughout the Media.
    Last edited by vidmanners; 05-02-2013 at 01:27 AM.

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    I absolutely agree that content is king. I suppose now that you have stated in black and white that "content" is separate from "effects" I think I need to re-title my forum question. I can now better formulate a more precise question which is ... "what are the different ways or techniques to display CONTENT to your audience aside from transitional effects?" I have hours of video footage that I have cut up into clips and am organizing them and documenting clip MetaData in LightSwitch 4. If I take my footage clips of puppies and kittens and splice them together into a 22 minute video it would look like an absolute mess. Each clip being disjointed from the adjacent clips and all of the clips running into each other like an extremely bad run-on sentence.

    I suppose it is the breakdown of all this footage into consumable parts, like chapters or scenes which breaks up the content into interesting groups. But what do I do with the footage then? The clips would then simply be a smaller version of a bad run-on sentence with clips jammed together. How then do I know what to do, or how to create scenes where the footage has good compositing (I think this is the right word). If I were to open up my version of Adobe Premiere or After Effects and look at their transitions or effects and write them all down into a long list I would probably come up with a list between 100 - 200 items long. I could then choose from this list to start doing custom editing on my footage. So what about editing my CONTENT? How do I know what types of things can be done to or done with my content footage? I talked earlier about a 4-square grid and someone else mentioned a 2-split screen, but these are only 2 examples out of what I am sure is an unlimited number of things I could do. If I don't know what I don't know ... how or where then can I start learning what I can do?

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    how or where then can I start learning what I can do?
    Obviously start at the beginning. It sounds like you want 20 years of knowledge and experience packed into one forum thread. It's a bit like asking how do you paint a picture. Well, put some paint on a canvas. Yes it will look rubbish at first but you then get better as you do more.

    I think you should start with the questions to your self. "What do I want to communicate" ? and "who am I communicating to" ? When you have the answer to those questions you will then know what direction to move toward. Will this be a sedate laid back piece or a whizz bang flash. When you can be more specific about what you want to communicate and who the target audience is, you will have a better idea what direction to take the video. This should be done before any filming is ever done so you know the type of shots you need to take.

    Watch other videos and notice things you like the look of, camera movements, angles, colours etc. and find out how to do it. I understand it's hard to ask the right question when you feel you don't have the right technical lexicon but these things will come to you as you become more familiar with film making.

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