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Instagram Reels Tutorial: The Best Transitions for Your Videos

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By Chantal India, on 30 June 2023

With their popularity, visual appeal, and shareability, Reels are a surefire way to get noticed on social media. Whether you share or consume them on Instagram or TikTok, you will surely have noticed that there are certain production tricks that creators use to make them more dynamic and appealing when cutting between frames. Although some may look complicated, transitions such as covering the camera, deformation or warp effects, clapping or snapping and selfie-skits can be quite easy to apply and give an extra dimension to your content.

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Instagram Reels Tutorial The Best Transitions for Your Videos


Instagram Reels transitions are effects that allow you to join different videos with unique cuts that seamlessly blend together different scenes. They give videos a unique and original touch and are what make TikToks and Reels so popular. Here are some of the best options to carry out an original content marketing strategy.


1. Covering the Camera

This is one of the most used and popular effects on Instagram Reels. It is also one of the easiest to apply. To do it, simply cover the camera lens at the end of one video and then uncover it at the beginning of the next video. This creates a fade-to-black effect that can be used to transition between videos.


2. The Deformation or Warp Effect

The deformation effect consists of making a sudden camera movement to deform the image and start the next video by making the same movement in the opposite direction. Ideally, this movement should coincide with one that is made within the video, such as a head turn.


3. Zooming In

This transition is still popular in 2023 because it can be used to create a sense of depth and movement in your Reels. You can use it to zoom in on a specific object or person or to zoom out to show a wider view.


4. Clapping

Another widely used effect in Instagram Reels consists of clapping your hands. This movement indicates the end of one video and the beginning of the other, creating a magical transformation effect.


5. Snapping Your Fingers

This effect is similar to the clap transition, but you snap your fingers instead of clapping. The sound of the snap connects one video to another, creating a smooth transition. This transition can create a sense of movement or energy or simply add a touch of creativity to your videos.


6. Split-Screen Transition

This transition is a great way to show two different scenes at the same time. You can use it to show a before and after, a comparison, or just to add some visual interest to your Reels. Experiment with different layouts for your split-screen. You can have the two scenes displayed side-by-side, top-to-bottom, or in any other way you think looks good.


7. Selfie-Skit Effect

There are different types, but the most popular is the same person playing two characters in a video. Two videos should be made, one recording the right side of the face and the other recording the left side. Then you just need to intersperse the videos to make it look like two people are conversing.


8. Wipe Transition

A wipe transition is a video transition that creates the illusion of one image being wiped away to reveal another. It can be done in any direction and can be used to evoke a sense of mystery, suspense, or movement.


9. Making a Turn

This is another widely used effect and basically consists of recording yourself making a 360-degree turn. To create this transition, you will need to record yourself turning 360 degrees on the spot. You can do this by using a tripod or by having someone help you hold the camera. Once you have recorded your turn, you will need to edit it so that the two scenes are seamlessly connected.


10. Scanning Effect

The scanning effect is used to show a before and after. In this case, whether a photo or video is used makes no difference since a bar will go down pretending to be a scanner and progressively make the "before" disappear to show the "after."


11. Freeze Frame Effect

The freeze frame effect is a fun and creative way to add humor to your Reels. You can use it to tell a lie, create a funny situation, or even make a visual pun. To use the freeze frame effect, simply record yourself explaining a lie or situation and then freeze the frame at a specific moment. When the frame is frozen, you can reveal the truth or an unexpected twist, creating a comedic effect. With a little creativity, you can use this effect to create hilarious and engaging Instagram Reels.


12. Mirror Effect

The mirror effect is a transition that shows the same scene from two different perspectives; one mirrored and one not. This can be used to create a sense of depth or add visual interest to your videos.


13. Frame Effect

The frame effect is a great way to add a sense of dynamism to your Instagram Reels. This effect allows the camera to follow the movements of the subject, making the video look more dynamic and engaging.


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Chantal India

Graduada en Administración de Empresas en Lisboa y un posgrado en Gestión de Productos, Chantal se ha especializado en la Publicidad en Redes Sociales. En Cyberclick lleva la gestión de cuentas y conceptualización de estrategias digitales. .

Graduated with a Degree in Business Management in Lisbon and a Postgraduate degree in Product Management. Specialist in Account Management and Digital Marketing strategies, with special focus on Social Ads channel.