There are many creative techniques that can help you in your endeavor to enhance the visual aesthetics of your videos one of which undoubtedly being in-camera transitions. What’s great about this filmmaking technique is that you can pull it off quickly and easily anywhere in the field as long as you plan carefully the actual camera movement that takes place in the frame.
For instance, it’s important to remember precisely the speed and direction while performing any of these in-camera transitions so that when you repeat your movement on another location it should produce virtually the same visual results. Having that in mind, here are some fantastic in-camera transitions showcased by YCImaging in the insightful video below.
The first technique suggests covering your camera with an object. You can physically place a piece of cloth or any other suitable material over your lens and then remove it from the top in a different location. Or, you can digitally zoom into a color and use the latter to seamlessly transition to another clip that has the exact same color in it. The possibilities are virtually limitless so don’t hesitate to try out and explore different variations of all these tricks.
Another easy way to create an in-camera transition is by spinning your camera. As a rule, the spin is going to work best when you move your camera in the same direction as the previous clip that you want to transition to. The key to keeping these transitions as flawless as possible is by pre-planing the camera movement before you film the next clip.
Besides spinning, you can also try to tilt your camera up and down quickly. Again, follow the rule for keeping the same direction if you want to achieve seamless results. Then just cut both clips at the peak of the movement to complete the transition. You can experiment with tilting your camera down in the first clip and then switch to another angle while tilting in the opposite direction. You can produce similar results by quickly panning with your camera either left or right as well.
And finally, you can do another creative in-camera transition by utilizing the same field of view of your main subject at two different locations. For instance, in the first shot, you can jump with the camera while pointing your camera straight to the ground and then repeat exactly the same movement on another location and switch between the two shots afterward.
As long as you map out carefully your camera movement, you can pull off some fantastic cool in-camera transitions that can help you to boost your productivity without spending a ton of time and effort in post. Just be bold and creative and don’t be afraid to experiment as these five techniques can certainly be a great place to start with, plus you can always develop your own unique approach and build from there.