Video & Filmmaking

How to Make Camera Transitions, in Camera

December 20, 2017

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Transitions are the connective tissue of any video narrative, helping to stitch together disparate clips into a seamless, united whole.

While editors such as Premiere and Final Cut are packed with plenty of fancy transitions you can insert between your clips, filmmaker Peter McKinnon has a simpler method of creating them in camera.

Basically, shake your camera very violently while you’re recording or pan rapidly. The resulting blur and violent tangle of images, when used creatively and quickly, can serve as an effective transition between clips–as McKinnon demonstrates.