In this tutorial, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite underused video transitions that packs a zesty, original punch.

In the editing world, interesting transitions have become a trendy and effective way to make videos more dynamic. Let’s take a look at how to create film burn transitions.


Download and Explore

Before we begin, you’ll need to download the Spectrum Pack from Shutterstock Elements.

Once downloaded, open it in your NLE of choice, and take each effect for a test drive. The most important step to elevating any downloaded asset from the internet is to learn what’s available in the product. I recommend you take ten to fifteen minutes to explore all of the assets and effects in Spectrum to get a better understanding of which effects you dig!


Choose Your Transition Shots

After giving it a gander, the first step is finding the two shots you want to transition between.

Next, go into Spectrum and find a shot that gives a noticeable flash — or a heavy burn — in the footage. The greater the flare, the smoother the transition.

Create an IN point at the beginning of the flash and then an OUT point a second later. Next, drop that bad boy into your timeline between the two shots.


Create Your Effect

From there, switch the gritty footage blend mode into SCREEN, OVERLAY, or COLOR DODGE. This’ll give you a rough idea of what the effect will  achieve. Make sure the brightest flash happens right in-between the two clips as they transition.

Next, drag out the two IN and OUT points of the effect so that they feather into the shot smoothly. You might want to apply a subtle fade-in and -out to the beginning and end of your spectrum asset.


Add the Finishing Touch

Finally, you can dress it up by applying more video assets from Spectrum over the entire clip. I like implementing flashy effects like film grains and subtle burns overtop. Drag and drop the asset and set it into SCREEN MODE. If it seems too intense, you can lower its opacity.