Spice up your videos by adding fun transitions with Clipchamp.

All you need to do is drag and drop your video to your timeline, select the Transition tab on the left sidebar then drag a transition onto the timeline.

You can also add a fade-in or fade-out to a video, audio, or image clip by selecting it in the timeline and using the Fade In/Out tab.

For detailed instructions and screenshots, see below:

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How to add a transition

Step 1. Select the Transition menu

On the left-hand sidebar of your project, click on Transition.

Close up of Transitions tab on the editor

Step 2. Drag a transition and drop it between two videos

There are a variety of transition types in the menu. Hover your cursor over a transition to see what it looks like. Once you've chosen a transition, drag it into the timeline and drop it between 2 video or image clips. The transition will snap into place automatically.

NOTE: The clips must be on the same line in the timeline for you to be able to add a transition between them. If there is any blank space between the clips the transition will not be added.

Moving image of adding a transition to the timeline between two video clips

After you've added the transition, an icon will appear between the clips.

Close up of transition added on the timeline

Step 3. Click on the transition in the timeline to edit it

If you would like to make changes, click on the icon between the clips and a menu will appear showing the name of the transition, and changing the duration.

Close up of transition editing options

For example, to make the transition longer or shorter, just drag the slider under Duration

Moving picture of transition duration

Step 4. Playback your video

You can play your video back in the preview window to see how the transition looks and make further adjustments.

User previewing the video

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How to add a fade in or out

To add a fade to a video, image, or audio clip, make sure you've added the clip to the timeline, then:

Step 1. Click on a clip in the timeline to select it

The clip will be highlighted when selected, and a menu will appear in the top left of the editor:

User clicking the Fade tab

Step 2. Click the Fade In/Out tab in the menu

In the menu that appears, click the Fade In/Out tab. You will see two sliders:

Close up of Fade tab with fade in and fade out options

Step 3. To fade in, drag the upper slider to the right

Drag the FADE IN slider to the right to add a fade at the start of your clip. The number on the right indicates how long the fade will be. The maximum length is 2 seconds.

Close up of user editing the fade in time

Step 4. To fade out, drag the lower slider to the right

Drag the FADE OUT slider to the right to add a fade at the end of your clip. The number on the right indicates how long the fade will be. The maximum length is 2 seconds.

Close up of user editing the fade out time duration

Step 5. Playback your video

You can play your video clip back in the preview window to see how the fade looks and sounds, and make further adjustments.

Moving picture of user playing back the video preview

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How to fade audio or music

An audio fade works the same way as a video fade. Simply select the audio file in the timeline, go to the Fade In/Out menu and follow the same steps as above.

User fading out the background music

NOTE: The audio of a video clip will always fade together with the video when a fade effect is applied. It is not currently possible to adjust the fade setting of a video and its connected audio separately.

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Removing a fade effect or transition

You can remove a fade at any time by clicking on the clip in the timeline, opening the Fade In/Out menu, and dragging the sliders back to their original position on the left-hand side.

To remove a transition, simply click select the transition in the timeline (the icon between the two clips) and hit the delete key or the trash icon.

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Try it out

Ready to get started? Head straight to Clipchamp to try it out for yourself:

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