Our most requested feature has been released! You can now add transitions to your videos on Kapwing.

What are transitions and why do we use them?

Transition effects are added between videos to seamlessly join them together. The most common transition used is a straight cut, where one image goes to the next. However, some creators like to add additional effects; like fading, cross dissolving, blurring, wiping, and more. Stylized transitions are used to create a better flow from one image to another.

To insert transitions:

1. Upload two videos on to the same scene in Kapwing's Studio editor, uploading by link, drag and drop, click to upload, or using the media library.

2. Once both of the videos have fully uploaded, in the Timeline editor, arrange the layers so that they're on the same track.

A screenshot that shows a user adding two videos into the Timeline. One video is of a red parrot and the other is of a chameleon. The user adds the clips to the studio and rearranges them to play one after the other.

3. After the two videos are arranged on the same track, select one of the layers, and navigate to the "Animate" tab located in the top of the right sidebar. In the "Animate" tab, you can choose to add the transition to the end of the first video, to the beginning of the second video, or both if you have a third video!

4. You can choose between our cross dissolve or cross blurring effects, and select the speed of the transition in the right sidebar.

A screenshot showing that the user is selecting a video and then adding a transition by navigating to the "Animate" tab, selecting "End" under the "Transition" section, and finally, choosing "Cross Dissolve".

We've only added two transition effects so far, but we hope to add more in the future!

5. Once your transitions have been added, edited, and adjusted to your liking, you can export your video by clicking the green "Export Video" button in the top right corner.

Can I add transitions between two image layers?

While we currently only offer transitions between video layers, you can mimic the effect of a transition by animating your image layers.

To create a faux transition:

  1. Upload 2 image layers onto a single scene
  2. When you upload 2 images, the project will remain as an image with no duration, so if you want to create a montage video with multiple images, you have to add duration by going to the "timing" tab and selecting a duration.
A screenshot of a user selecting the canvas, navigating to the "Timing" tab, and selecting 10 seconds as the duration for this given image.

3. Once your image has become a video with duration, move the images into the order in which you want them to appear. Since they are image layers, you do not have to move them onto the same track as you would with video layers.

A screenshot of a user selecting both ends of an image layer on the Timeline and dragging them towards the center to make the layer shorter in duration.

4. When your images are ready in the order and duration that you'd like them to show up in, select your image layer and click the "animate" tab at the top of the right sidebar.

A screenshot with an arrow pointing to the "Animate" tab that will appear on the right of the screen when an image layer is selected.

In the animate tab, you can choose between 5 different animation effects. However, if you're trying to mimic a transition, "fade" and "reveal" would be the best choices.

A screenshot showing the "Fade" and "Reveal" Animation options.

5. After you've selected the animation effect you'd like to apply to your image, you can choose the speed of the effect and whether you want the effect applied to the beginning of your image, the end of your image, or both, in the right sidebar.

A screenshot showing how to add a "Fade" animation to the beginning and end of an image layer. The project shows a forest with the character Totoro appearing and disappearing.

6. Once your transitions have been added, edited, and adjusted to your liking, you can export your video by clicking the (now) green "Export Video" button in the top right corner.

With transitions added to your videos, they'll look more professional and produced when you share them with your friends, viewers, or clients.

A video clip of the final project with Totoro appearing and disappearing over the forest image.
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