Iris Out effect. Much like the way beginning digital graphic artists abuse Photoshop filters, overuse of wipes is a trademark of an inexperienced editor in love with his equipment: see an episode of The Simpsons for an example ("And star wipe to Flanders...") An MTV Wayne's World special featured a performance of a song by Wayne and Garth that included a "switcher solo" featuring a multitude of wipes as a joke (albeit one that only people with a certain amount of knowledge of video production will get). Some series have unique scene transitions that represent a point of style. See Idiosyncratic Wipes. If you were looking for the other kind of wipe, which happens in MMORPGs, see Total Party Kill.