Elements & Transitions & Sound Effects

Elements are motion graphics you can use to decorate your videos.

Transitions can be added between your video clips to improve the flow of your video or to add interest.

Sound effects have many fun and practical uses, and Filmora9 includes 20+ free sounds.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use these three types of effect in Filmora9.

1. How to Apply, Remove, or Favorite Elements

To add an element to your project:

  • Go to Elements and select the element that you want to add to your project.
  • Drag the element into the timeline.

  • To remove an element from your project

    There are two ways to remove an element from your video.

    • Select the element that you want to remove and hit Delete on your keyboard.
    • Right click on the element in the timeline and select DELETE from the menu.

    To favorite an element:

    Right click on the element in the Elements menu and choose Add To Favorites.

    2. How to Apply, Remove, or Favorite Transitions

    To add a transition between videos or images in your project

    Go to Transitions, find a transition you like, and drag it into the timeline between your two clips.

    Note: In versions of Filmora9 there is only one video track which you can use transitions on. In Filmora9 and above you can apply transitions to any video track.

    To apply a transition to a single video clip or image

    • Drag and drop the video clip or image into the timeline.
    • Go to Transitions.
    • Select a transition and drag it to the beginning or end of a video clip or image in the timeline.

    To change the duration of a transition, double click on it in the timeline and then enter a new duration. You can also click and drag the start or end point of the transition forwards or backwards within the video clip or image. The default duration is 2 seconds.

    Prefix Transition

    prefix transition

    Postfix Transition

    postfix transition

    In addition to applying a transition to a single clip or image, you can also apply a transition in between two video clips or images.

    • Drag and drop the video clip or image into the timeline.
    • Go to Transitions, select a transition, and drag it in between two clips or images.

    To change the duration of a transition, double click on it in the timeline and then enter a new duration. You can also click and drag the start or end point of the transition forwards or backwards within the video clip or image. The default duration is 2 seconds.

    transition in middle

    Note: When a piece of media is not long enough to accommodate a transition, trimmed frames will be used to make the transition work.

    To apply the same transition through your entire project

    Right click on the transition you want to use and select APPLY TO ALL. This transition will be applied between every two clips which are next to each other.

    To remove a transition from your project

    • Select the transition that you want to remove in the timeline and hit Delete on your keyboard.
    • Or right click on the transition in the timeline and select DELETE from the menu.

    To favorite a transition

    Right click on the transition in the Transitions menu and choose Add to Favorites.

    add transition favorite

    3. How to Add, Remove, or Favorite Sound Effects

    Note: the music and sound effects found within Filmora9 are for personal and non-commercial use only. Click here to learn more.

    To add a sound effect to your project

    Go to Audio and click into the Sound Effect category. Select the sound effect that you want to add to your project and drag it into an audio track in the timeline.

    To adjust a sound effect

    • Fade in or out a sound effect
    • Double click on the sound effect in the timeline to bring up the Audio menu. Adjust the sliders to add a fade effect to the sound and set its duration.

    • Adjust the volume of a sound effect
    • Double click on the sound effect in the timeline to bring up the Audio menu. Drag the slider under the Volume heading up or down to make the sound effect louder or quieter.

      adjust volume

      To remove a sound effect from your project

      Select the sound effect that you want to remove in the timeline and hit on your keyboard to remove it from your project. You can also right click on the sound effect in the timeline and select DELETE.

      To favorite a sound effect

      Right click on the sound effect in the Audio menu and choose Add to Favorite.