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Create the Night-to-Day Effect Videos

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Dec 07, 22, updated Dec 05, 23

Do you wish you could control when it's nighttime to daytime? It would make getting ready in the morning much faster! This tutorial will show you how to use the keyframe and mask feature in Filmora to make a remarkable night-to-day transition.

In this article
  1. How-to Guide

How-to Guide

1) Preparation

For this effect, you will need to shoot two footage shots with the same frame. The first is for the daytime clip, and the second is for nighttime.

But before that, you need to prepare some things, such as:

  1. Tripod to ensure your camera stays at the same point, so the frame doesn't change.
  2. Mark the place where you want to shoot the scene. You can put a marker on the floor to ensure that you perform at the same spot in different shots.

Once done, let's start shooting to get the footage.

2) Steps

Shooting footages

First, get the daytime shot. For this tutorial, we will pretend that you are walking and transitioning into nighttime at the spot you have marked.

get the daytime shot

Now, let's film the nighttime clip. You will walk through the living room and do the same movement again at the same spot. You can dim the light and change the camera's white balance settings to bluer to create a night feeling.

film the nighttime clip

After you have both clips that you need, let's go to Filmora and start editing.

Night-to-day transition

Step1 Launch Filmora and import the footage into the program. If you haven't installed it, you can download Filmora on their website here:

Step2 Place the nighttime video clip on the first video track of the timeline and place the daytime clip on the top.

place the daytime clip on the top

Step3 Find the spot where you want to create a transition between the day and nighttime. Then, you can delete the unwanted part.

create a transition

Step4 Since the transition for this tutorial is where the subject started waving, make sure to place the daytime clip at the same time the subject started waving in the nighttime clip. Hence, the timing in both clips syncs.

Masking transition

For the next step, we will make a masking transition with the Filmora mask feature.

Step1 Double-click the daytime clip on the timeline. In the Filmora setting, find the Mask section > Circle. You can see the mask is applied in the preview screen.

double-click the daytime clip

Step2 Scroll down the setting and click add a keyframe at the beginning of the clip.

scroll down the setting

Step3 Change the scale of the mask to the smallest number and adjust the Width and Height down to 0. You can set the blur strength to 15 to make the transition edge smoother.

change the scale of the mask

Step4 Move the play head to find the spot where you want the mask fully opens up, then add another keyframe. Change the scale of the mask to 2 and the Width and Height to 50. Make sure the mask occupies the whole frame.

add another keyframe

Now, if you play back, you can see the nighttime becomes daytime through the mask.

nighttime becomes daytime through the mask

If the movement in the two clips is a bit off, you can fix it by adding more keyframes on the mask.

3) Pro tips

You can add one more effect in Filmora to make it more magical. To do this, open the Effects window on the top left and find “Heartbeat” under the Basic section.

add one more effect in filmora

Drag and drop it onto the third video track and start the effect when the mask opens up. Then, trim the effect length to match the movement. Adjust the speed of this effect if needed.

adjust the speed of this effect

The final result will look like this:

final result


That is how to do this night-to-day transition night-to-day time shift effect in Filmora. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to use the masking transition technique. You can apply and adjust it based on your needs.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown Dec 05, 23
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