Stock Footage Transition Sound Design

We’re often asked how to accentuate stock footage transitions with sound design for greater effect. When working on your stock footage transition sound design a few basic core factors come into play. These are how the transition is being used and in what context. One such use may be within a sports broadcast. In this case the sound design is accentuating a change of content, such as to a full page graphics panel or to and from a hi-light replay. This scenario may call for powerful SFX if being used during a hockey telecast as opposed to a more subtle swoosh type sound effect for a tennis match when used for a replay transition. If your project’s main body of work is an interview with a corporate CEO and you need to support the interview with full page graphic panels, then your transition sound design effects would most likely need to be subtle. In this scenario they most likely would be mixed with the CEO’s mic during his responses. Here a very subtle sound effect mixed under the main mic could put a subtle accent on your supporting graphics.

Once you’ve determined the style for your transition sound design you can then move on to determining how the visual aspects of the transition reveal themselves on the front end and back end of the transition. In the following example we’ve designed a lens flare that rises and flys toward the viewer to reveal the abstract elements. Here a sound effect that has a swell or build up helps to accentuate that motion. For the reveal a more defined lens flare flys out in a sweeping arc as it comes towards the viewer before flying away on the reveal. We’ve also chosen a sound effect with a ‘snap hit’ built into it to further accentuate the reveal point of the transition. We believe this type of transition sound design has an ‘impact style’ and thus more appropriate for situations where you’re looking to add a substantial accent in your sound design during the edit point transition.

Stock Footage Transition Sound Design with Impact

We hope this provides some insight into the general considerations you might take when adding sound effects to stock footage transitions in your projects. You can find some great sound effects at RevoStock.com

Stock footage transition sound designIf our stock footage transition above fits your needs (video only) you can find full details and info on our site at Solar Burst Transition 2.

Be aware you can time-remap the duration of your stock footage transitions to be shorter if you are looking for a fast interstitial visual to bridge your transitional edit points.

Fire Streaks Explosion Transition 2

A stock footage royalty free fire streaks explosion transition clip. This 3 second clip consists of multiple lens flares which build on top of fire toned streaks of light. This 32-bit transition builds to a full frame explosion of dissipating particles. This full frame (alpha channel) provides the edit point under which your transition occurs. As a  32 bit clip with its alpha channel embedded you will not need alternate blend modes to key this clip.

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Pre-Keyed Fire Streaks Explosion Transition – Alpha Channel Embedded

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  • Length: 3 sec.
  • Loopable: No
  • Sound: No
  • Frame Rate: 29.97 fps
  • Field Rendering: Progressive
  • Codec: PNG (32 bit with alpha)

Resolutions: 1920 x 1080

If you are in need of a shorter transition, this fire streaks explosion concept is available without the exploding particles at the end. Preview our alternate stock footage transition titled Fire Streaks Transition 2. This alternate clip has a duration of 2 seconds making it more flexible when building packages where total running time is critical as in a sports highlights package.

Fire Streaks Transition 2 | Stock Footage | Fire Streaks Explosion

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