Creating fancy transitions inside of Premiere Pro CC doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend a ton of cash for expensive preset packs from third-party companies that promise you to get some never seen effects with a single click.
Instead, by understanding the tools and assets already included in your NLE, you can achieve even better results that can help you move your edits from one clip to the next. An excellent example in that regard is the following tutorial produced by seasoned video editor Kyler Holland who shows off how to create a cool stretch transition inside of Adobe Premiere Pro CC without the use of any third-party plug-ins whatsoever.
To start off, import your clips into Premiere Pro CC and add them to your timeline, side-by-side. Then move your playhead at the beginning of the second clip. Now, create two cuts 25 frames before and after the midpoint of the two clips. In the left-hand transition clip, add the Replicate effect and change the Replicate value to 3. Next, add the Mirror effect to the clip and adjust the reflection X center value to the left until the reflected image blends.
Once you are done with that, duplicate the Mirror effect, change the Reflection Angle to 180, and adjust the Reflection X Center to the right until the image blends as well. Afterward, duplicate the effect and then change the Reflection Angle to 90 by adjusting the Reflection Y Center upwards until the bottom image disappears.
Duplicate the effect once more, change the Reflection Angle to -90 and adjust the Reflection Y Center downwards until the reflected image blends with the top of the frame. Finally, add the Transform effect to the clip and change the scale to 300.
Once you’ve made all these adjustments, copy all the effects in the first clip and paste them to the right-hand transition clip. Next, you’ll need to animate the transition, and this is where the real fun begins.
In the left transition video clip, add the Corner Pin . Move the playhead to the beginning of the clip and set a keyframe for the Upper Right and Lower Right portions of the effect. Once you are ready, move to the end of the clip and change both corners’ X-Value to 5000. Then, right-click on the first keyframe you made and under Temporal Interpolation, select Ease Out. You need to do the same with the second keyframe, but this time under Temporal Interpolation, you should choose Ease In.
You will also need to click on the down arrow and adjust the keyframe curves to create an exponential, ramp-like shape – as seen in the video. This step is necessary as it will make the transition more impactful.
Repeat this same step for the right clip, although in reverse. In the right clip, you’ll also need to add the Corner Pin effect, animating the Upper Left and Lower Left keyframes.
The keyframes at the start of the clip should be set to 5000 with Ease Out. Meanwhile, the keyframes at the end of the clip should be set to the normal position value with Ease In. As with the first clip, you will need to adjust the keyframe curves to create the exponential, ramp-like shape.
OK, you are almost there! Now, return to the left clip and under the Transform effect, create a keyframe on the Position property. Move to the end of the clip and adjust the position of the video to the right. Enable Ease Out for the first keyframe, and Ease In for the last keyframe. As with the previous step, adjust the keyframe curve to a sharper, ramp shape.
Finally, in the right transition clip, under the Transform effect, animate the video to move to the left. Select Ease Outfor the first keyframe, and Ease Infor the last keyframe. Adjust the ramp curve once again to create a sudden, exponential graph. To make the transition more seamless, go into the Transform effect for both transition clips, uncheck “Use Composition Shutter Angle”, then set the Shutter Angle to 360.
Keep in mind that when recreating this effect, it would be best to lower your playback quality or to pre-render your footage since all these replicating and mirroring tools are highly processor-intensive.
Even though it’s a tedious process, the final result is definitely worthwhile, especially when you consider the fact that you can pull this off for free. Of course, all the credit goes to Kyler Holland for sharing this dope transition with the community.