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How to Install Transitions in Premiere Pro

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How do you install transitions in Premiere Pro? We'll walk you through it in this step-by-step tutorial. To demonstrate, I’m using some transitions and a few pieces of stock footage from Envato Elements.

Transitions

Stock Footage

 

How to Install Transitions in Premiere Pro

Insert Footage

Insert footage into your timeline. At the moment, as there are no transitions applied, there would just be hard cuts between each clip.

start point with footage in the timeline
Start point with footage in the timeline.

Import Transitions

When you’ve unzipped your transitions download, go to File > Import and navigate to where they’re saved. Rather than the individual files that may be in there (as MP4s) look for the Project File with the Premiere Pro icon on it.

file import
Go to File > Import

You’ll get a popup with a couple of options. Select Import Entire Project and tick Create Folder for Imported Items which will help to keep your transitions organised and neat in the project.

Import entire project
Import entire project

Preview Transitions

You’ll then see that a new folder will appear in Project with dropdown folders containing the transitions.

a new folder will appear in Project with dropdown folders containing the transitions.
A new folder will appear in Project with dropdown folders containing the transitions.

Transitions and the assets that make them are split into separate, relevant folders. You can ignore the assets if you don’t want to make changes to the transition effect.

choose Open in Source Monitor.
Choose Open in Source Monitor.

In Transitions > Glitch folders, each subsequent folder you see is a transition effect and you can right-click on any folder and choose Open in Source Monitor.

Preview transition effects
Preview transition effects.

This will let you play the effect in a new panel, without having to add it to your timeline. Obviously playing it in this way will only show you the effect itself, not the effect on any footage.

Applying Transitions to Your Footage

In your Timeline you’ll see an icon on the left that looks like a file hierarchy. If you hover over it, it says, Insert and overwrite sequences as nests or individual clips. Click it so that it is selected – goes from blue to white – and this will let you edit the sequence as a single clip grouped together rather than splitting everything up into multiple clips.

select Insert and overwrite sequences as nests or individual clips
Select insert and overwrite sequences as nests or individual clips

From your Project panel, drag a transition into the timeline above where two pieces of footage meet. There’s an obvious join point so you’ll be able to match the line of the transition up with the line between the video clips.

Line up transition with footage
Line up transition with footage

Press play to see the transition effect on the footage.

try using a transition at the end of your video
try using a transition at the end of your video

Remember, you don’t just need to use transitions as a way to cut between footage, you can pop them at the start and end of your video too to rather than just fading out.

Finished Effect

Here's a short clip of how the transitions worked with the stock footage.

 

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