Effects & Transitions

Adding effects and transitions to your titles is made to mimic how you would add them in your video editing program. Browse and preview effects in the Library and double click or drag and drop to apply. The Library comes with a collection of effects and transitions and will be automatically populated with compatible plug-ins that are already installed on your computer.


Note: Every NewBlue effect product can enhance your toolset for making great titles.

Once added, the effect will appear under the Effects tab, where all of the effect's parameters can be edited to specific values. You can apply it to individual letters, lines or words and includes keyframing controls.


The same goes for the Transitions tab, when a transition is applied to a paragraph, its parameters will appear here. As you can see, the options are very similar to the Effects tab, but this time it is for applied transitions. Transitions can also be keyframed.


Adding Effects

Browse the Library and preview effects by mousing over individual effects. Double click to add an effect or click and drag the effect to the paragraph you want to affect in the timeline area.


You can see applied effects in the timeline area.


Click on the effect's name to bring up the Effects tab and change the effect parameters.

Video: Drag and Drop Animations

Controlling Effect Order

You can control the order of effects on any given paragraph. If you have more than one effect applied, you can move layers up and down to adjust their order in the Effects tab by grabbing the right end of the effect box. It's a good idea to keep in mind that the look of your title might change depending in the order your effects are in.


Video: Controlling Effect Order

Adding Transitions

Browse the Library under Transitions and preview transitions by mousing over individual effects. Double click to add a transition or click and drag the transition to the paragraph you want to affect in the timeline area.


You can see applied transitions in the timeline area.



  • You can change the duration of the transition by trimming.
  • Place a transition as an out transition by clicking and dragging the transition to the end of the paragraph.
  • Transitions can be stacked and ordered.

Click on the transition's name to bring up the Transitions tab and change the transition parameters.

Video: Moving Transitions


Making Transitions Overlap

If you have two paragraphs on the same track in the Timeline, you can make transitions overlap. This means that they can share a transition and make for a visually appealing, smooth transition.

Apply a transition to one of the paragraphs on the track.


Click and drag one for the paragraphs into the other one. Diagonal lines will indicate that a transition will be shared by two paragraphs.


Play the title to preview the overlapping transition and make adjustments.


Working with Blending Modes

Under the Effects tab, you can select from a variety of blend modes for each paragraph. Each different blend mode interacts with the content below the paragraph differently. Blending modes are particularly useful for graphical elements such as flares, images and video. You can select from the following blend modes: Normal, Hue, Pop, Screen, Multiply, Lighten, Darken, ColorDodge, ColorBurn, Negation and Additive.


Video: Blend Modes


Each effect and transition is completely keyframeable, to enable keyframing, check the "Turn on Keyframing" box in the corresponding Transitions or Effects tab.


Once enabled, you can add keyframes to your effect by clicking on the corresponding + or – buttons to add and remove keyframes. These keyframes will show up in your timeline area and are completely manipulable.


For more on keyframing, see Keyframing

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