Burning Question: How do I make Whip Pan and Crash Zoom Transitions?

Burning Question Swish Pan and Crash Zoom transitions

Today we’re talking about the Whip Pan and Crash Zoom effects and how you can use them in your editing.

The Whip Pan, also commonly called a Swish Pan, presents a stylish way to transition from one shot to the next. It is a fast camera pan from one direction to another. Use whip pans and crash zooms to create energy, for transitions, and cause and effect. To explain, watch the first video below. In addition, swish pans can make things look like they’re shot in the same place, with a dizzying whip from one side of the room to the next, to cover an edit.

The Crash Zoom is usually done in-camera, where a camera keeps the same zoom as it quickly zooms in with lots of blurs. Of course, it can be recreated in your NLE or VFX tool. You may recognize the technique in films from Edgar Wright and Quentin Tarintino

First I’ll show you a couple of examples, and then I’ll present some tutorials for Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Resolve, Vegas, HitFilm, and Avid. Not only that, there are some freebies to download!

Examples of Whip Pans, Swish Pans, Crash Zooms, etc.

In case you need some inspirational examples, look no further!

Art of the Whip Pan Shot: Motivating Your Swish Pan Effects & Transitions

This video from StudioBinder explains how Whip Pans work with the camera. See more at StudioBinder.


Damien Chazelle Jazz “Whip-Pans” in all three films

Whip Pan, Swish Pan, and Crash Zoom Transition Tutorials

After Effects Tutorial – Whip Pan

TunnelvizionTV explains how to make a swish pan in After Effects.

How to Crash Zoom Transition: Smooth Tarantino Effect! (Adobe After Effects)

To summarize, Max Novak gives the background on how a crash zoom is done in-camera and then explains how to do it in After Effects.


SICK Premiere Pro Speed Ramp Transitions Tutorial! (How to Whip Pan & Time Remapping Whoosh Effects)

Tutorial from Justin Odisho.


How to Create a Perfect Whip Transition

Boone Loves Video explains how to do it perfectly in Premiere Pro.

How To Smooth Push Slide (Swish Pan) Transition – Adobe Premiere Pro

In short, Javier Mercedes explains the process in Premiere Pro.


Edgar Wright: Quick cuts zoom transition/whip pan demo

Justin Bickus talks about whip pans, snap zooms, and more, using the style of Edgar Wright.

Smooth Whip Pan Transition Tutorial | Davinci Resolve 16

Video Editing in a Minute walks you through the whip pan in Resolve.

WHIP-PAN transition tutorial: Quick and Easy tutorial on creating a TRANSITION in Davinci Resolve 16

Here’s another in Premiere from Themika Thennakoon.


How to make Whip-Pan transitions with Vegas Pro ( Sam Kolder Matt Komo Rory Kramer Taylorcutfilms)

Tutorial by Dato Aliff Alex.

How To Create Seamless Transitions

FxHome walks you through some creative and seamless transitions with HitFilm Express or HitFilm Pro.

Swish Pan, Whip Pan, and Crash Zoom Plugins

You will find Swish Pan transitions in the following packages:

Swish Pan with Red Giant Universe


Video transition and effects plugins for editors and motion graphics artists

Red Giant Universe is a collection of 89 GPU-accelerated plugins for editors and motion graphics artists. Stylize your footage. Create motion graphics. Add transitions and effects. In addition, find text generators and lots of presets.

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Swish Pan, WhipLash, and More in Sapphire

Sapphire includes a Swish Pan transition, as well as WhipLash, HyperPush, and HyperPull transitions. Get them in the full Sapphire suite of tools.

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Sapphire plug-ins let you create stunning organic looks unmatched by any host native effect tools. Key features include over 270 effects and 3000+ presets, a powerful Effect and Transition Builder, and integrated tracking and masking with the Academy Award-winning Mocha. Sapphire’s superior image quality, control, and render speed offer massive time-savings — allowing creatives to focus on what matters most, delivering an impact that keeps audiences coming back.

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Sapphire Transitions Swish Pan

This tutorial explains how to do it in Avid, but Sapphire works in a slew of hosts. He gives some good advice to make sure your keyframe interpolation is set to spline.

Boris Continuum Swish Pan

Swish Pan is found in both the Boris Continuum Unit: Transitions and the full Continuum Suite.

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Optical Quality Auto-Animating Film-Style Transitions and Wipes

Set the pace and tone of your project without keyframes! Add dissolves, wipes, and blurs with Continuum Unit: Transitions. Includes 30+ filters & 350+ presets. Cross-host license.

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Meeting tight turnarounds just got easier. The post-production industry’s most complete plugin collection delivers nearly 350 creative effects in 20 categories, 4000+ presets, built-in Academy Award-winning Mocha planar tracking, and masking, a Beat Reactor that drives VFX to music, and the FX Browser. Busy editors and artists rely on Continuum to get the job done.

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Greyscalegorilla GorillaCam

Animate your Cinema 4D camera with GorillaCam. In addition, there are loads of presets.

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Breathe life into your camera

GorillaCam is a plugin for Cinema 4D R16 and above, including R23. It is designed to work with your existing animated (or un-animated) camera. Its purpose is simple. GorillaCam makes your camera feel like a real person is behind it, not some cold, dead machine. GorillaCam can smooth out a boring linear camera move, add subtle (or not-so-subtle) shake, automatically overshoot targets, and even rack focus with subtle imperfection.

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Five Free Swish Transitions from Motion Array

Download the free presets for Premiere Pro CC 2017+.

Noise Industries Andy’s Swish Transitions (Free)

These are free tools from Noise Industries that have been around for quite a while. Note: Requires FxFactory, which is a free download.
More about Andy’s Swish Transitions

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki