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Step 2: Trim Transitions

Premiere CS3 creates a default length for each transition. Out of the box, the default is 30 frames, or about 1 second. Your mileage may vary, but I always find this slightly too long.

To trim a transition, do the following:

  1. Locate the transition on the timeline and click it once to highlight it. This should bring up the Effects Controls panel. If you don’t see this panel, choose Window > Effect Controls or press Shift+5 (see Figure 3.6).
  2. In the Effects panel, click Show Actual Sources to display a black inlay on the left and your image on the right (see Figure 3.7).
  3. Click once over the figures displayed next to the word Duration to highlight the duration time (see Figure 3.8).
  4. Alter the length of the transition by typing in the number of seconds or frames you want. Remember, frames are fractions of seconds, so with NTSC working out to 30 frames to one second, a one-half second transition would be 15 frames (see Figure 3.9).
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