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The best windows movie maker effects

Windows Movie Maker is utilised by many amateur movie makers to edit and create basic home movies designed for sharing with family and friends. Although many will argue that Windows Movie Maker is limited in terms of capability, it's still a great tool for learning basic editing techniques and training yourself to understand the dynamics of film making.

One way you can guarantee a better looking final video is through the implementation of transitions and effects. Simple additions such as these to your videos and pictures in windows movie maker can be the difference between amateur movie maker and professional editor.

You might be asking yourself "What exactly are transitions?" A transition is used to help a video or picture "flow" into the next video or picture seamlessly. When working with your timeline in windows movie maker, you work to stack content adjacent to one another in order to create your video. To create a smooth crossover between two individual pieces of content, you'll use a transition. Windows movie maker transitions determine how one video or picture plays into the next, whilst adding a professional touch to your final product.

Windows Movie Maker Effects - Top Ten Transitions

With the basics out of the way, here are the top 10 transitions as voted by the team:

1. Fade transition - This windows movie maker transition is very much considered the standard transition amongst amateur movie makers used in most productions. The fade transition will gradually "fade" the original video clip or picture into next by gradually reducing and increasing the opacity levels of either clips or pictures. A clever use of the fade transition ensures that the audience experience isn't interrupted.

2. Wipe Transition - Like the fade transition the wipe transition in windows movie maker is a simple way of blending from one piece of visual content to the next. The wipe transition works by "wiping" the original content off the screen whilst leaving the next piece of content underneath. This transition is simple, ensuring that the watcher isn't distracted from the video content.

3. Flip transition - The flip transition is popular with videos that change scene or subject, for example from indoors to outdoors or from one topic to another. The flip transition in windows movie maker will take the original video and "spin" it on a virtual axis to reveal the reverse side that will be showing the next piece of content. This transition works really well with family holiday that change location regularly.

4. Dissolve transition - The dissolve transition in windows movie maker works by gradually "disintegrating" the original content before the audience's very eyes, before revealing the following clip. The speed of the dissolve can be controlled by the editor depending whether you have a fast or slow paced video. Like fading, the dissolve transition works well as a less intrusive way or flowing from one piece of content to the next.

5. Fan In / Fan Out transition - Considered by many as another staple in movie transitions, the fan in / fan out transition is an attractive way of blending from one clip to another. In windows movie maker the fan in / fan out transition works by creating a virtual "Japanese" fan that opens or closes across the original content. As the fan is opening or closing, the original clip is cleared off the screen to reveal the next video or clip.

6. Slide Transition - The windows movie maker slide transition is another straightforward, basic transition that "slides" the original content off the screen in one direction to reveal the next piece of content below. This windows movie maker effect allows you to choose the direction in which the original content will slide, whether it slides from the top, bottom, left or right of the screen.

7. Split Transition - Have you ever wondered what they use to start Hollywood blockbuster movies? The split transition in windows movie maker is a great way of creating an epic start to your entire video. When the split is applied to your content, the original video will "split in half" horizontally revealing the next piece video or photograph behind. You may have seen the split transition used in Hollywood movies as a way of opening the starting scene or changing film location.

8. Circle Transition - The circle transition in windows movie maker is one of those transitions that sometimes can work whilst other times it can look awful. The reason it has made our list is because it can set your video apart from anything else, if it's done properly. The circle transition creates a "small hole" in the middle of your original clip that quickly grows larger, revealing the next video clip or picture behind. The illusion of the video coming "out of the screen" can be very effective when done correctly.

9. Keyhole transition - The keyhole transition is available from the standard windows movie maker effects list. This transition is often associated with property and housing programmes that can be seen on television. A keyhole shape is created in the centre of the original content, and like the circle, it grows bigger revealing the next clip in underneath in a seamless blend. We would recommend that you use this transition lightly - overuse of the keyhole transition can be distracting to the audience.

10. Pixelate transition - As a final entry into our top ten list, we decided to go for a windows movie maker transition that's a little off the beaten track. The pixelate transition in windows movie maker works to "pixelate" the original content, gently "pixel blending" into the next video or photograph. This is quite a radical transition as it can distract from the main video content - Be sure to use it wisely.

Closing comments and additional tips

By using Windows Movie Maker transitions in the correct way anyone can create an attractive, polished video. When editing a home video, using transitions can be the difference between creating an amateur project and creating a professional video that will leave a lasting impression with the audience. Try to stick to seamless, simple transitions as it's easy to get carried away with the busy, distractive transitions available in the list of windows movie maker effects.

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