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Create a Whip-Pan Using Built-In Effects in Premiere Pro

Caleb Ward

Add energy to your video editing project with a whip-pan transition in Premiere Pro.

If you need to quickly transition from one piece of footage to another than why not try a whip-pan? A whip-pan, or swish-pam, is a quick blurry transition that’s meant to emulate a camera quickly panning from side to side. The result is a very fluid transition that can add energy to your project – but use it in moderation! When overused it can begin to look gimmicky.

There are no whip-pan transitions in Premiere but the following video tutorial created by Ann Bens Tutorials demonstrates how how to simulate the effect using built-in tools.

1. Overlap your footage in the timeline

Overlap your footage by the amount you want the whip pan to be. The video recommends 10 frames.

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2. Cut the parts that overlap

Slice up the overlapping clips on only the parts that overlap.

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3. Nest the overlapping parts

Select the overlapping clips, right click, and select ‘nest’.

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4. Set Position position keyframes to simulate a wipe

Using the x position in the effect editor set your keyframes so that the entire transition features one clip moving in and one clip moving out.Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 12.09.14 PM

5. Add a directional blur

Add a directional blur from the effects browser. Set the directional blur to your desired amount along the x-axis.

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6. Color correct for edge blackness

The directional blur will make your transition a little more dark than it needs to be. To fix this problem add the ‘Levels’ effect and adjust your black, white, and gamma point until it looks natural.

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This video was first shared on the Ann BensTutorials Vimeo page. Thanks for sharing!

If you don’t want to make the whip-pan yourself there’s a free swish plugin on Toolfarm’s website.

Have any tips for creating a swish pan in Premiere? Share in the comments below.

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