Top Ten Awesome Transition Effects to Add to Your Next Video

What separates your video from anyone else’s?

Ok, that may be a loaded question, so let’s skip the back and forth about how important all of the pieces of the video production pie are and just give you the answer: it’s editing.

You can have the best talent in front of the lens, stunning lighting, the greatest camera moves, perfect sound, etc. but if your edit is off, the whole video is off.

Editing has its own language and no matter what you’re choppin’ up, using great video transitions can be an easy way to elevate, enhance, and breathe life into any footage.

Here are the top ten transition effects every video editor should have in their repertoire:


The “Glitch” effect has quickly become one of the most popular visual effects and it works exceptionally to transition between two shots. Back in the day, glitchy tech was nothing more than a headache and an indication that something wasn’t working but now the glitch transforms entirely when used with intention and purpose. Popularized by science fiction and futuristic movies and television, glitch effects create a blend of beauty and chaos mixed together, especially as a transition.

While there are a ton of presets available, there are many ways you can go about creating this on your own ideal “glitch”, which is where the fun lies. From splitting out RGB layers to offsetting layers, toying with noise levels, and warping the frame, the possibilities are endless.

If you’re looking for an easy way to add an effect like this, you can always use a video editor like PowerDirector that comes with glitch effect transitions making it as simple as dragging and dropping them onto your edit!

If you’re looking to give your footage a futuristic vibe, incorporate the glitch into your edits.


Looking for a dynamic and high impact way to transition your shots? Distortion transitions just might be your cup of tea. Physically change the shot in any number of ways to allow you to move from one shot to the next by morphing your way there.

You can use these transitions to distort the frame in a multitude of ways, stretching, swirling, zooming and more to effortlessly move your edit along.


This is an exciting and high energy transition. What happens with a whip is that you’re literally hiding the edit between the whip away from some action and the next shot whipping to it. The inherent disorientation and blur as you whip (panning or tilting fast) easily allows you to bury a seamless edit.

This can be fully created in post but honestly, the best and most effective whip transitions are ones you plan while shooting.


Almost like smoke, you can have your shots evaporate and disappear into one another. Think of it as a fade happening at a different pace around the whole shot. Better yet, imagine how ink looks when it’s in water, expanding this way and that almost at random. That’s how an evaporation transition sort of feels.


Picture this, you want to cut from a wide shot of a building to a close-up, instead of a boring straight cut, you warp the corners and edges of the frame as if you’re going into hyper speed. On the next shot you continue

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