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Another Top 10 Amazing Free Transitions

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Another Top 10 Amazing Free Transitions

Didn’t get enough transitions in our last top ten roundup? Here’s a bunch more you can use to punch up a boring presentation, disguise a forced edit, or create that perfect segue from scene A to scene B. There’s actually about 21 transitions in this list, which makes it particularly good value — especially as they’re all free.

 

Premonition by Alex4D

1. Premonition by Alex4D

The incoming shot (or a chosen frame elsewhere on the timeline) strobes in and out in a chosen pattern, foreshadowing something that’s about to happen. Always handy.

 

Flip Transitions by Mikey Bouchereau

2. Flip Transitions by Mikey Bouchereau

There’s a built-in Flip transition in FCP X, but it forces the background to black, and this one doesn’t. Place any other clip or generator underneath this transition, and it’ll show through.

 

Panel Flip and Panel Flip 2 by idustrial Revolution

3. Panel Flip and Panel Flip 2 by idustrial Revolution

These complementary transitions will split your image up horizontally or vertically, then spin them around separately. There are plenty of options as to how they spin, too.

 

C2 Random Crop Transition by CoreMelt

4. C2 Random Crop Transition by CoreMelt

The outgoing clip crops down to a random rectangle, while the incoming clip does the opposite. Change the seed for an endless choice of new random shapes, and check out all the other free stuff in CoreMelt Free too.

 

Ball Wipe by Karsten Schluter

5. Ball Wipe by Karsten Schluter

Editing sports? Sports that use a ball? You’ll need this.

 

Concentric transition by Alex4D

6. Concentric transition by Alex4D

Circles containing the incoming clip fly out from the centre. Nice.

 

Aperture/Shutter Transition by Karsten Schluter

7. Aperture/Shutter Transition by Karsten Schluter

A stylized camera shutter closes on the outgoing shot, then re-opens to reveal the incoming shot. Very James Bond-like.

 

Classic FCP 7 Alpha Transition by Mikey Bouchereau

8. Classic FCP 7 Alpha Transition by Mikey Bouchereau

If you remember the old-school Alpha transition, this brings it back. For the full experience, you’ll also need to download the top link here from Apple https://support.apple.com/downloads/Alpha_Transitions , but you can use your own alpha videos too. Try some sparkles or glitter shots perhaps?

 

Inset by Alex4D

9. Inset by Alex4D

This is a weird one, because although it looks like a transition, it’s actually a title, and you'll find it in the Title/Generator browser. Place it above the two clips you want to transition between, and choose the way you want it to work. Ideal if you need to transition between many clips shown at once, and would prefer not to make compound clips.

 

10 Clean Transitions Free by LenoFX (Dominando)

10. 10 Clean Transitions Free by LenoFX (Dominando)

The biggest pack is last — ten clean transitions suitable for use in many different contexts, from the generous LenoFX. Great stuff.

 

There’s a ton of great free content here, but if you can, take a quick look at the paid products from all the generous contributors here too. Enjoy!

Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. http://trainingbrisbane.com and @funwithstuff on Twitter.


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