Creating Seamless Transitions in Premiere Pro Using Generative Fill

You can’t just take the latest AI tools and throw them at your videos to make magic just yet. However, you can definitely leverage AI and combine it with some relatively simple edits to create some breathtaking effects in no time at all.

Among those AI tools at your disposal is generative fill in the latest Adobe Photoshop beta and when it works well it looks amazing. Take that, work with some transitions in Premiere Pro, and you can create a seamless transition effect that is super convincing.

If you want to know more, filmmaker KYLER HOLLAND put together a great tutorial on how to pull off this cool effect.

Looking at a timeline he pulled on four different clips. They were all from the same location and shoot, so that helps, but the transitions were sharp cuts. This is where we are going to start.

You’ll need some room to pull off the edit which usually means about 10-20 frames though you can tweak depending on your exact editing needs. He heads to the cutting point between the two clips and makes a cut 20 frames into the second clip.

Then, he brings the first clip up a layer, extends it to be over the newly made 20-frame clip, makes a cut so that it is also 20 frames, and then brings the majority of the clip back down to the first layer.

This will leave you will two 20-frame clips over one another. This is going to be where the transition will live. Make a nested sequence with those clips. You’ll work inside this sequence.

You’ll now want to adjust the sequence settings to provide more space for the generative fill to work. Change the sequence resolution to provide space.

In this example, he is transitioning from the top of the first clip to the bottom of the second so he needs more vertical space. He multiplies the current vertical resolution by three.

Now you’ll select your first video layer and drag it to the very bottom. Then take the second layer and drag it to the top. You’ll now have a blank space between the two.

Heading back to the main sequence you’ll need to modify the position of the nested sequence. You’ll need to reposition it until it now is the first clip filling the frame.

Make a keyframe there and then reposition the clip so that the second clip is now showing and make a keyframe for the end there. You’ll want to adjust the movement to fit your edit as you normally would.

Go back into the nested sequence, go to the middle, and now just export a frame somewhere in the middle as an image.

Bring that image into the Photoshop beta. From here you’ll select the area in between the frames with a little bit of an overlay and open up the generative fill tool.

You’ll get some options to choose from and you can always regenerate if you don’t like the first few options. When you have something you like you’ll export it out.

From here you’ll bring in the image file and put it as the bottom layer inside your nested sequence. It’ll fill that empty space. Also, since you already did keyframes on the whole nested sequence it should just work at this point.

Hit play and see it in action. You should use motion blur with a 100 shutter angle to make sure it looks natural.

You can do the same thing with a horizontal move if you want, just do your changes horizontally instead of vertically like in the first example.

It’s a neat trick that doesn’t require any super advanced techniques to pull off. These AI tools are starting to come in handy.


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