Windows Movie Maker, part of Windows Essentials 2012, offers the ability to create and edit videos as well as to publish them on OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Flickr. With the best video editing software, you can easily and quickly add transition between clips to make a wonderful video because of its simple operations. And, this software offers 78 video transition effects for you.

Adding Transition to Video

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If you don't know how to add video transition between clips, don’t worry. Now, in today’s post, I am going to show how to add transition between videos as well as how to add transition between images with Windows Movie Maker easily.

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What Is the Video Transition?

As we know, clips are displayed one after the other in a video. You can improve your video editing skills by using transitions.

A transition can help your video move smoothly from one scene to the next. Video transition is an effect that happens between each photo, slide, or video clip. For example, a fade transition can be used to fade in or out to dissolve one photo into the next.

What Transition Effects Are Included in Windows Movie Maker?

Windows Movie Maker offers 78 transition effects. You can choose your favorite transition effect to make the switch smooth and look good.

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However, how to add transition between clips? Keep reading, and you will find the answer.

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How to Add Transition to Video: Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Before adding video transition between videos and images, you have to import your videos and pictures to Windows Movie Maker. The best free video editing software can help you import photos and videos from computer hard drive, Photo Gallery, DVD, digital camcorder or smartphone. Here, you might be interested in this post How to Add Pictures and Videos to Windows Movie Maker.

Experienced users always try the following steps to quickly add transition between clips.

Tip: Transitions can be placed within the Storyboard pane only after you add at least one video clip or still image. You can’t add a transition to the end of a movie.

Step 1. Open your project. Select the clip to which you want to add a transition. After that, you will find that a blue highlight square will appear around it, as shown below.

select the clip to add transition

You also can split your video into 2 small clips and then add a transition between them.

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Step 2. Click the Animations tab.

click the Animations tab

The Animations pane on the ribbon contains two different kinds of animations (Transitions and Pan and zoom) that you can add to video clips or photos.

Pan and Zoom gallery, on the right-hand side of the Animations tab, is used to apply to the video or image and make it slowly zoom in on the subjects of interest and pan from one subject to another.

Select a clip (either a photo or video), and then choose a pan and zoom setting from the gallery.

Then, you will see an icon in the top-left of the clip. Note that you cannot alter the duration of a pan and zoom effect.

You can choose your selected pan and zoom effect to be applied to all by pressing the Apply to all button. If you want to remove pan and zoom animations, simply click None from the gallery.

Step 3. Click the More drop-down list button, which bears a horizontal line over a downward-facing triangle, to display additional transition effects, as shown below.

open more transition effects

Movie Maker has a cool feature to help you decide which transition you want to use: Hover your cursor over a transition in the list, and the item animates in the Player window to demonstrate how the transition will appear onscreen.

Step 4. Click the desired transition effect that you want to add to the selected clip. After that, Movie Maker will add the transition between the beginning of the selected clip and the end of the previous clip. And, the clip in the timeline will have a washed-out diagonal region, as shown below.

Movie Maker successfully adds a transition between clips

 Here, you can check the detailed info by putting your mouse on the little transition icon, as shown below.

check the detailed info by putting your mouse on the little transition icon

Now, as you experiment with transitions, I guess you begin to understand where you can simply cut from one item to the next, as well as where your movie needs transitions to link together scenes and still images. However, you should remember that: One cardinal rule of filmmaking is to maintain the focus of your audience on your message. Too many transitions are distracting.

Step 5. Export video with transitions.

After you add transition to video, you can do some other editing tools. For instance, you can add texts, visual effects, and other effects to your video to enhance as well as complete your movie. And, finally, export your video. Here, you might be interested in this post: How to Add Text to Video in Windows Movie Maker (Step-by-Step Guide).

You have 2 options to export video:

1. Save your movie in PC, Phone, and other devices.

Click the Save Movie menu located at the right of the Share section to save your movie on your computer with the recommended setting for this project.

Or, you can click the arrow to choose a different setting.

export movie

2. Share your movie on Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, OneDrive and other platforms from Windows Movie Maker.

Navigate to the Home tab in the Movie Maker interface.

Select the desired social media site.

Select the resolution of your movie. (Movie Maker recommends a quality best for each site.)

Sign into your Microsoft account and authorize the social media site.

Finally, publish it.

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3 Tips and Tricks for Video Transition Effects 

Add the Same Transition Throughout the Movie

Here, if you want to set the transitions between all items in the project to be like the transition you have set up for the selected item, you can select the desired transition and then click the Apply to all feature in the Transitions group.

click Apply to all to add the transition to all clips in your movie

Or, you can right-click any clips in your movie, and then choose Select All, and finally select the desired transition effect.

click Select all to select all clips in your movie

Change or Replace a Transition

What should you do if you mistakenly add a wrong transition to video? Do you know how to change or replace a transition between two clips?

Generally, you can directly drag the new transition over the top of the original to change it.

Change Transition Duration

Do you know how to adjust the length of a transition to coordinate the time for music or narration?

In fact, you can simply choose how long the transition should take. You just need to select the transition, then go to Duration button on the right of the Transitions gallery. Click on it and enter a duration between 0.25 and 2.00 seconds.

click Select all to select all clips in your movie

What should you do if you find that you add transition to video by mistake?

Want to know how to delete transition?

To delete a transition you have added to the clips, you need to select the target item and then click the No transition button at the far left of the transition group.

select No transition to delete transition

Delete Transition

To delete all transitions you have added to the whole movie, you need to right-click any item and choose Select All, and then click the No transition button to remove all transitions in your film with one fell swoop.

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I hope you can get what you want from this post.

Now, it’s your time to add transition between clips to make you video move smoothly from one scene to the next.

If you have any questions or suggestions about how to add transition to video with Windows Movie Maker, please let me know by leaving a quick comment in the following or sending email to [email protected].

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Windows Movie Maker Transitions FAQ

What is transition in video?
Video transitions are a post-production technique used in film or video editing. Video editor always place transitions between two shots or clips to connect one short to another. There are different video transitions. In movies and television, we often see a fade, fade to black, dissolve, pan from one person to another, or any digital effect.
How do you add transitions in Windows Movie Maker?
  1. Create project in Windows Movie Maker.
  2. Click Animations.
  3. Select the transition you like to use.
  4. Save movie.
How do you remove transitions in Windows Movie Maker?
  1. Open project.
  2. Select the transition in the project you want to remove.
  3. Click Animation, and choose No Transition.
  4. Save movie.
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