The 5 Best Video Transitions for YouTube Videos

Having trouble creating a cohesive, engaging YouTube video? Explore these 5 video transitions that creators with over 1 million subscribers use to engage their audience on and off the platform.

The 5 Best Video Transitions for YouTube Videos

Crafting your own video out of multiple clips can be tricky. How do you stitch everything together? Do you use jump cuts? The Ken Burns effect? With enough planning and thinking of the overall tone of your video– the big idea– you can easily connect the pieces to your video exactly how you imagined.

Think about puzzles: how each piece fits perfectly with one another to create a beautiful picture seamlessly. Think about the handful of spices you put together to make the best food dishes that stick with you, not only because of its taste, but because of the experience you had with it. You were engaged in the process and in the dish as a whole.

On YouTube, your goal is to engage your audience. Have them stay on your video longer, potentially leading them to that subscribe button. Have them remember how they felt watching your video. There are multiple ways you can do this like zooming into certain parts of your video or using snappy jump cuts. If you don’t want your video to seem like it’s jumping around too harshly, try using video transitions.

Here are 5 of the best video transitions for YouTube videos used by successful creators on YouTube.

1. Circle Open

This video transition is perfect for introductions. Whether you’re just starting off your YouTube video or introducing the next scene, using the circle open transition effect is a classic.

This transition effect has been used in countless introductions over the last century. Even Speed Racer (1967) introduced Speed Racer with a circle open video transition using the spinning tire of his car.

Speed Racer (1967) using the Circle Open video transition to introduce Speed Racer himself.

As years went by, this circle transition grew to become a great way to start your videos. Using your own body language to move with the circle transition is immediately super engaging to your audience at the start of your video.

Pro Home Cooks on YouTube uses this circle transition to start his video off.

You'll see that using a black screen before you use a transition will not only hold your audience's attention from the very beginning, but also gives a smooth bridge to the next item.

2. Cross Dissolve

On the other end of the circle open effect, the cross dissolve transition is a great way to end your YouTube video. Using a quick black frame, the Cross Dissolve seamlessly carries your viewers into your YouTube outro and end screen.

Binging with Babish ends his YouTube videos with a cross dissolve video transition into his YouTube end screen.

Similar to the circle open transition, a cross dissolve gives you the feeling of  opening your eyes to the next scene. This is helpful when guiding your audience through the next steps, which hopefully includes hitting that subscribe button or watching another video of yours!

3. TV Static

The classic TV static. YouTubers seem to favor the color bar TV static over the regular, fuzzy static. But either way, they both do the job. And that's to keep your video flowing and engaging.

Wong Fu Productions uses TV static with color bars as a video transition for their blooper reel.

This transition is more of a snappy jump than other transitions. But depending on if it fits with the tone of your video, this is a great way to keep your audience awake and attentive. TV static is commonly used as a video transition during blooper reels or videos that are giving real-life TV clips for educational purposes.

This glitchy, fuzzy TV static transition is used by Yes Theory to give a documentary feel.

The TV static video transition is a perfect example of transitions that don't need to have a "seamless" effect. Sometimes, having your viewer jump from scene to scene keeps them more likely to watch the rest of your video and also fills them in with any background information they need.

4. Wipes

Wipe transitions are popular among YouTube videos when moving on to the next scene or event. There are also many types of wipe transitions to choose from. Some wipe transition examples would be directional like “Wipe Left/Right” or “Wipe Up/Down.” Regardless on which effect you’re going for, each video wipe transition will stitch your video together the way you want it to.

LilyPichu, a musician and digital artist, uses wipe transitions to stitch her illustrations together, creating a quick storybook animation feel.

These kinds of transition effects are typically used in a quicker speed, as if you're turning the page in a book or waving away the current video frame to the next. Because of this, wipe transitions are perfect for getting straight to the point in the next scene.

5. Cross Zoom

A cross zoom video transition is perfect for flashbacks or indicating something that had already happened. This video transition gives a dreamlike feeling, as if you’ve already lived this memory and are now reliving it.

OfflineTV frequently uses a cross zoom transition with a black and white filter to indicate an event that already happened.

Used hand-in-hand with a black and white filter, this transition is perfectly crafted to transport the viewer to another time.

Assembling your video with multiple video clips can be overwhelming when you're trying to keep a cohesive storyline or overall tone. Each creator here has at least over 1 million subscribers watching their videos with these YouTube transitions. But as long as you have a video editor to add transitions to your videos, you're well on your way!

What's important is finding the right transitions for your videos to capture your audience's attention, turning them from a viewer into a subscriber, and building your community from there.

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