Whip pans are a fun way to cut between clips. They can be used in fast paced conversations, action movies, or even to simulate a knife throw simulate a knife throw. To capture this effect naturally, one would end one shot with a really fast pan. Then, the shot it is cutting to would begin with a fast pan in the same direction.
This introduces a host of problems, specifically that you have to know in advance that you want a whip pan transition. Also, unless you have a higher end transition, you have a good chance of getting some damaging rolling shutter from the fast transition. So in this tutorial, I will show you how to create a whip pan transition in adobe Premiere Pro entirely.
How to Create a Whip Pan Transition in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)
- Import the footage on to the timeline and line up the clips so they have a simple cut between the two.
- Create a new Adjustment layer. This can be done from file->new->adjustment layer, or from the project panel by clicking on the symbol in the bottom right that looks like a page.
- Drag the adjustment layer on to the timeline above the simple cut between the two clips.
- Go to the point where the first clip switches with the second clip. Trim the adjustment layer so that it is 5 frames to the left, and 10 frames to the right of this center point.
- Go to the effects tab and search for the “offset” effect. Drag this on to the adjustment layer.
- Set the timeline cursor to the beginning of the clip. Go up to effect controls for the adjustment layer. Go down to offset->shift center to. Toggle the animation from the stopwatch icon to the left of this.
- Move to the end of the adjustment layer. Shift the number on the left to it’s negative opposite. Example: (960, 540) -> (-960, 540)
- Go down to the effects tab and search for the effect “directional blur”. Drag this effect on to the adjustment layer.
- Go back to the start of the adjustment layer on the timeline. Go up to effect controls, and down to directional blur.
- Switch the “Direction” to 90.
- Go down to Blur Length. Toggle the animation on this. Move to the point where the two clips switch, bring the blur up to around 130. Then move to the end of the adjustment layer and bring the blur back down to zero. So it should start at 0, move to 130ish at the transition point, and then back down to zero.
- Go to the keyframes for both of the effects. For the beginning keyframes, right-click and go down to temporal interpolation->Ease Out. For the keyframes at the very end, right click on them and go down to temporal interpolation->Ease In.
- You have now created a whip pan transition in Adobe Premiere Pro CC
There you have it, you have created the whip pan! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions!
Other fun transitions within Premiere Pro: