Adding effects and transitions

Adding effects and transitions

Although you'll do most of your sophisticated visual effects work in composite shots, you can still do a substantial amount of effects work in the Editor sequence. If you're doing simple effects such as basic color correction this can be a faster way to work.

The Effects panel

effects panel

The Effects panel is covered in full detail in a later section, so this is only intended as a brief introduction on using effects in the Editor sequence.

All of the available 2D and 3D effects are listed in the Effects panel.

3D effects

These can only be used inside composite shots as they require a camera and their own layer.

You can still make use of them on the Editor sequence timeline, by dragging them from the Effects panel and onto a track like you would a media asset.

When you drag a 3D effect onto the Editor sequence timeline it will automatically create and open a new composite shot with the 3D effect and a camera in place.

The Composite shots section has more information about working in 3D.

2D effects

The majority of 2D effects can be applied to any clip on the Editor sequence. Simply drag the effect from the Effects panel and drop it onto a clip.

Clips that have applied effects are marked on the timeline with the effects icon.

Some 2D effects can only be used in composite shots because they require more complex interactions with other layers.These effects are labeled Layer only in the Effects panel.

Controlling effects

All effects are controlled from the Controls panel.

Your currently selected clip is displayed in the Controls panel. All applied effects are listed in the Effects section, which can be expanded by clicking the white arrow.

Individual effects can be expanded in the same way, revealing their properties.

For more information on using the Controls panel click here.

Effects cannot be keyframed on the Editor sequence. If you need to animate you need to create and use a composite shot.



Transitions are a quick and easy way to make your edit more interesting. Instead of a clip starting and ending normally, transitions can be used to have the clip fade or wipe from one clip to the next.

These can only be used on the Editor sequence and can only be applied to the start or end of a clip, or the join between two clips.

You can drag transitions from the Effects panel onto the timeline like any other effect. Once you're over the Editor sequence you can only drop transitions at the start or end of a clip or on the join between two clips.

If you're dropping it onto the join between two clips, you have a choice of starting the transition at three points: at the start of the cut, in the middle of the cut or at the end of the cut. The drop area will be indicated by a green outline.

transition drop outline

Transitions require one or both clips to have buffer frames that can be used during the transition.

Once you have applied a transition it can then be selected on the timeline. The transition's properties can be adjusted in the Controls panel.

Click here for detailed information on the different transitions.

RECAP 2D effects and transitions can be added to clips on the timeline. Adding a 3D effect will create a new composite shot.