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Ray Lee
Transition Length
on Aug 31, 2013 at 12:37:59 pm

I've been messing around with motion graphics for about a year now and totally appreciate the importance of transitions, but I have trouble deciding on the length, amount of detail, etc. A lot of great motion graphics videos (like this one from Buck: https://vimeo.com/17302888) have animations with fluid, detailed transitions, but videos like this one from Cezar Pelizer: https://vimeo.com/73159612 that cut from one graphic to the next while maintaining fluid motion. Are there guidelines when it comes to stuff like this?


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Transition Length
on Sep 1, 2013 at 3:23:28 pm

To me (and bear in mind that there are no hard and fast answers on this), it all comes down to the pacing of the piece. I try and start with the music bed, which always contains suggestions as to whether the transitions should be quick and choppy, or soft and flowing.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Ray Lee
Re: Transition Length
on Sep 1, 2013 at 8:01:00 pm

Thanks for the reply! I agree that pacing motion according to music can help a lot! What I really meant to ask about was not exactly pacing or transitions, but maybe how to know when it's okay to 'swap graphics' in a transition without the viewer noticing (without motion blur). I suspect this technique only comes with constant practice and a deeper understanding of motion.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Transition Length
on Sep 2, 2013 at 4:17:39 pm

Yeah, it's one of those things you develop a feel for. I recently completed a project where I rotated two different web pages on the y-axis 180 degrees in 3D space as a transition. I just used a null to do the rotation, and cut from one page to the other when the rotation was edge-on... or close to it.

It worked fine. It's an old trick. Certainly nothing new. But hey, it works.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ray Lee
Re: Transition Length
on Sep 2, 2013 at 6:10:29 pm

Hmmm, it's nice to see how it seems almost second nature to veterans like yourselves. Too bad there's not much material on the internet on the subject. Thanks for the input, guys!


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Transition Length
on Sep 2, 2013 at 9:36:44 pm

Ray -

There may well be information on it out there - it's just that there's so much information, you have to wade through a lot of garbage. You might want to check out some of the books offered by Focal Press and other publishers. And the best teaching tool you'll ever find is your own eyes. Start studying everything you like to watch, and even stuff which doesn't interest you a whole lot, and start figuring out what looks right, and why it looks right. There are a million ways to do the craft we do, and generally speaking, none of them are wrong. Experience comes into play when deciding what you need to do on a tight deadline...

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Ray Lee
Re: Transition Length
on Sep 4, 2013 at 1:36:40 pm

Thanks for the recommendation Joseph! I'll be sure to add this to my priority reads!


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