Visual effects can be a double-edged sword when you add them to video content. On one hand, they can make your videos more interesting, but on the other, they can sometimes distract from their message.
That is why you should only ever use visual effects when there is a reason for them. If you do you can take advantage of the visual effects to reinforce the message of your video, instead of detracting from it.
With that in mind, you can wisely try out some of the top video editing effects to make your videos more interesting. The following are the 5 best and my favorite visual effects that are particularly useful and could help in various types of video content.
1. Slow Motion
One of the easiest visual effects to use is the slow-motion effect which basically simply requires that you reduce the playback speed for a video clip. By using this effect and slowing down the video you will reveal more details regarding the movement taking place in it that may not have been that noticeable otherwise.
As you can imagine that makes the slow-motion effect very useful when you want to show fast actions being performed more clearly.
However, for the best results, you will want to plan it out in advance and record at a higher frame rate so that the video still looks smooth when it is slowed down.
2. Fast Motion
It’s just the opposite of the slow-motion effect. When you want to show time-lapse in your video, this video editing effect seems to be incredible. It is being used in many videos and especially in YouTube videos by hundreds of YouTubers.
I found many YouTubers using this effect to make their videos funnier by simply increasing the speed of motion. The fast motion video editing effect is also being used to show hours of work in a matter of minutes. It’s one of the most common advantages of this visual effect.
3. Picture in Picture
Essentially this effect involves placing a picture (or video) on top of another video so that both will play simultaneously. It is also sometimes referred to as a video or image overlay, due to the fact that one is on top of the other.
To be honest there are several ways in which this visual effect could be useful. The most popular way it is used nowadays is to add a small frame to a video containing webcam video footage that allows viewers to watch as you provide audio commentary.
However learning how to overlay a picture on a video will just as easily let you play other videos to add context, or insert logos or other branding elements.
4. Chroma Key
As far as visual effects go there are few that are as versatile as Chroma key. It will let you replace the solid-colored background in a video with an entirely new video as the background, effectively superimposing the foreground elements onto it.
Using the Chroma key effect will let you transform the composition of your video completely and change its setting. However it does require extensive planning, and you will need to record the video of your subject using a solid-colored screen as the background (typically green, to avoid conflicts).
5. Fade In and Fade Out
Fade in and fade out means the video will start or fade in with a black screen and fade out or end at a black screen. It makes the video more professional.
Starting to see how you can use these visual effects to actually enhance the message of your video and deliver it more effectively? That should be your goal when you apply any visual effects to your video.
The fact that the effects may help to make your video more interesting is secondary. By focusing on using it to help deliver the video’s message, you can take advantage of its strengths without falling victim to the issues that it can sometimes cause.