Video Transitions That Come with Final Cut Pro

There are numerous video transitions that ship with Final Cut Pro. The sections that follow group the filters into various categories and then discuss what each is used for.

3D Simulation

The following filters create transitions that provide a variety of 3D simulation effects.

Transition
Result
Cross Zoom
Causes the video to zoom in on the first clip, switch to the second, and zoom out. You can specify the center point, the amount of magnification in the zoom, and the degree of blur applied during the zoom.
Cube Spin
Creates a three-dimensional cube from each clip and spins it in the direction you choose. You can also view the cube from the inside or the outside.
Spin3D
Spins the first clip around its center point, revealing the second clip. You can choose the angle of the spin axis.
Spinback3D
Spins the first clip around its center point until the clip is viewed from its edge, and then switches to the second clip, which spins into view. You can choose the angle of the spin axis.
Swing
Creates the effect of swinging the first clip in toward the viewer or out toward the second clip, which is revealed as the swing widens. You can choose the angle of the swing axis.
Zoom
Zooms the second clip in from a single center point to full-frame size, over the top of the first clip. You can specify the center point (relative to the first clip) where the zoom begins.

Dissolve

The following filters create transitions that provide a variety of dissolve effects.

Transition
Result
Additive Dissolve
Adds the two clips so that the first clip fades out and the second fades in.
Cross Dissolve
Blends the first clip into the second clip.
Renders with 10-bit precision if your sequence is set for 10-bit precision in the Video Processing tab of the Sequence Settings window.
Dip to Color Dissolve
Blends the first clip into the plain color of your choice, and then blends the plain color into the second clip. You can adjust the speed of the blend.
Dither Dissolve
Dissolves the first clip into the second by removing random pixels from the first clip to reveal the second clip.
Fade In, Fade Out
Fades in the incoming clip as the outgoing clip fades out. Reveals the track below the current track in a transition.
Non-Additive Dissolve
Compares the pixels in the two clips and displays the lighter of the two as the first clip fades out and the second fades in.
Ripple Dissolve
Applies a pond ripple effect to the first clip, simultaneously blending it into the second. You can choose the number of ripples, their center point on the first clip, and their amplitude and acceleration. You can also apply a circle highlight to the ripples.

Iris

The following filters create transitions that provide iris effects.

Transition
Result
Cross, Diamond, Oval, Point, Rectangle, and Star
These effects are similar, but have different shapes. They all create the impression of an iris, which contains the first clip, opening to reveal the second. In each iris effect, you can specify the center point around which the opening is defined and feather the edges, which blends the edges of the clips together and gives a diffused iris.

Map

The following filters create transitions that provide mapping effects for channels and colors.

Transition
Result
Channel Map
Maps channels from the first and second clip, or fills the channels with black. You can invert individual channels.
Luminance Map
Maps color using the luma of a clip.

Page Peel

The following filter creates a transition that provides a page-peel effect.

Transition
Result
Page Peel
Peels the first clip away to reveal the second clip. You can adjust the appearance of the peel.

QuickTime

QuickTime includes a set of built-in video effects listed here, some of which are implementations of standard effects defined by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). For more information, visit the Apple QuickTime website at http://www.apple.com/quicktime.

Transition
Result
Channel Compositor
Combines two images using the alpha channels of the images to control the blending. It provides the standard alpha blending options and can handle pre-multiplying by any color, although white and black are most common and often run faster.
Chroma Key
Combines two sources by replacing all the pixels of the first source that are the specified color with the corresponding pixels of the second source. This allows the second source to show through the first. This appears to put the second clip behind the first clip and make the selected color transparent.
Explode
The second clip grows from a single point, expanding outward until it entirely covers the first clip. The center point of the explosion is defined in the effect parameters.
Gradient Wipe
Uses a matte image to create a transition between two source images. The transition from the first clip to the second clip occurs first where the matte image is darkest, last where the matte image is brightest.
Implode
The first clip shrinks down to a single point, revealing the second clip. The center point of the implosion is defined in the effect parameters.
Iris
The first clip opens like an iris to reveal the second clip.
Matrix Wipe
These are a series of matrix reveal type effects that take place between two sources.
Push
One source image replaces another, both images moving at the same time. For example, the first clip occupies the entire frame, then the second clip pushes in from the right while the first clip slides out to the left. Unlike the slide effect, both sources are moving. The push effect executes from the top, right, bottom, or left.
Radial
The first clip sweeps in a radial (or semi-circular) way to reveal the second clip.
Slide
The second clip slides onto the screen to cover the first clip. The angle from which the second clip enters the frame is stored in a parameter, with 0 degrees being the top of the screen.
Wipe
The first clip wipes to reveal the second clip.
Zoom
One clip zooms in or out of the other clip.

Slide

The following filters create transitions that provide a variety of slide effects.

Transition
Result
Band Slide
Bands of the first clip slide in parallel directions to reveal the second clip. You can adjust the number of bands and the slide direction.
Box Slide
Bands of the first clip slide one at a time in perpendicular directions to reveal the second clip. You can adjust the number of bands and the slide direction.
Center Split Slide
Reveals the underlying clip by splitting the current clip down the center and horizontally sliding the two halves away from each other.
Multi Spin Slide
Boxes of the first clip spin and zoom out to reveal the second clip. You can adjust the spin about the center of the first clip and the spin about the center of the box, as well as the number of boxes.
Push Slide
The second clip pushes the first clip out of view. You can adjust the push direction.
Spin Slide
Boxes of the first clip spin and zoom out to reveal the second clip. You can adjust the spin about the center of the box and the number of boxes.
Split Slide
The first clip splits at specific points and slides to reveal the second clip. You can adjust the orientation of the split.
Swap Slide
The first (top) and the second (bottom) clips slide in opposite directions, swap places, and slide back, revealing the second clip. You can adjust the slide direction.

Stretch

The following filters create transitions that provide a stretch or squeeze effect.

Transition
Result
Cross Stretch
The first clip is squeezed as the second clip stretches from the specified edge to the opposite edge.
Squeeze
The first clip is squeezed from the opposite edges toward the center to reveal the second clip. You can specify the squeeze orientation
Squeeze and Stretch
The first clip is squeezed from the opposite edges toward the center and stretches in a perpendicular direction to reveal the second clip. You can adjust the squeeze orientation.
Stretch
The second clip stretches from the specified edge over the first clip.

Wipe

The following filters create transitions that provide a variety of wipe effects.

Transition
Result
Alpha Transition
Uses animated assets to define a wipe. You can create complex transitions that are reusable and retimable. For more information, see Using Alpha Transitions.
Band Wipe
Wipes a band across the first clip to reveal the second. You can specify the number of bands and the wipe direction.
Center Wipe
A linear wipe from a specified point on the first clip reveals the second clip. You can adjust the wipe direction.
Checker Wipe
Checkered boxes appear on the first clip to reveal the second clip. You can adjust the number of boxes and the wipe direction.
Checkerboard Wipe
Checkered boxes wipe individually on the first clip to reveal the second. You can adjust the number of boxes and the wipe direction.
Clock Wipe
A rotational wipe over the first clip reveals the second. You can adjust the start and direction of the wipe and the center point of the rotation.
Edge Wipe
A linear wipe from the edge of the first clip reveals the second clip. You can adjust the wipe direction.
Gradient Wipe
Uses a gradient wipe image to wipe across the first clip, revealing the second clip. You can adjust the softness of the wipe and invert the gradient wipe image. By default, the transition wipes horizontally from left to right. You can override this by dragging an image onto the gradient clip well.
Inset Wipe
A rectangular wipe from the specified edge or corner of the first clip reveals the second clip.
Jaws Wipe
A jagged-edged wipe from the center of the first clip reveals the second clip. You can adjust the wipe direction and the shape of the jagged edge.
Random Edge Wipe
A linear wipe with a random edge from the edge of the first clip reveals the second clip. You can adjust the direction of the wipe and the width of the random edge.
V Wipe
A V-shaped wipe from the specified edge of the first clip reveals the second clip.
Venetian Blind Wipe
Bands wipe across the first clip to reveal the second. You can adjust the angle and the number of bands.
Wrap Wipe
Bands wipe in the specified direction across the first clip to reveal the second clip. You can specify the start and orientation of the wipe and the number of bands.
Zigzag Wipe
Bands wipe in a zigzag pattern over the first clip to reveal the second clip. You can specify the start and orientation of the wipe and the number of bands.