As a viewer and as an editor, I have had the opportunity to see all kinds of effects and transitions. Some have been cheesy, over the top or totally unnecessary. Meanwhile, others have helped move the story along or enhance what the editor was trying to convey.
One of my favorite plugin developers, Idustrial Revolution, has a set of 30 unique transitions for Final Cut Pro X known as X Effect Tech Transitions. These hi-tech effects form grids, repeat frames, split color channels, and much more. In this promo video below, there was a transition that caught my eye and I wanted to replicate it in Premiere, using only the native filters. It’s called the Flash Invert Freeze and you can see it at the 33 second mark in this promo below. I will show you how to replicate this transition in Premiere Pro.
Solarize Flashframe Transition
In my timeline, I have 2 clips with one clip on Track 1 and another clip on Track 2.
I will move my clip on Track 1 to the out of the clip on Track 2.
Next, I will create hold frames on each clip. For the outgoing clip, I will find a moment towards the end where I want to hold on and make an edit. For the incoming clip, I will hold the frame on the in point.
Let’s extend the hold frames of each clip so they overlap for about 1 second.
Now, I will key frame the opacity on Track 2 to go from 100-0 every 2 frames until the end of the clip. If you want to speed up the time, first create two opacity key frames at 100 and 0. Move your play head 2 frames after the second key frame and option drag the opacity key frames to the play head’s current position. Then, right click on the key frames and select Hold.
With the opacity blinking every 2 frames, you will see both clips within a 22 frame time span. Animating the opacity of the clip on Track 2 gives the user more flexibility than using the Strobe Light filter. To adjust, trim the clip on Track 2 one frame after the last opacity key frame and the clip on track 1 a frame or two, as seen by my timeline below.
The last step in this transition is to add an adjustment layer. Let’s place an adjustment layer on Track 3 so we can affect both clips simultaneously. Trim the length of the layer to match the duration of the hold frames.
Apply the Solarize filter to the adjustment layer and change the threshold to 100. Lastly, apply the Tint filter and keep it at its default colors.
Render your timeline and your result should look something like this video below.
If you want to create this transition to use in future projects, you can save presets for the opacity animation and image filters that were used here. Overall, I believe this transition is best used in fast paced music videos, where the genre is house or dubstep. I can also see it being used on fashion shoot/show highlights. This transition can be taken a step further by adding a scale and rotation animation to make it rumble erratically.
I’m the NLE Ninja with AudioMicro asking you to stay creative.