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Adding Dissolve Transitions

Avid and FCP both use the drag-and-drop method to place a transition effect directly in the Timeline. While FCP does not have an Add Dissolve command key, it does provide contextual menu options and additional drag-and-drop functionality to place and modify a dissolve or other transition. In addition, you can add audio cross-fades to clips in the same way that you add video dissolves.

Figure 05 Avid Add Dissolve button.

Figure 06 Avid Add Dissolve window.

Figure 07 FCP contextual menu.

To place a transition in the Timeline:

Do one of the following:

  • Locate the transition on the Effects tab and drag it to the edit point.

  • Select the transition point and choose Effects > Video Transitions > and the transition.

  • CTRL+click the transition to add a default transition (more on default transitions later in this chapter).

To position a transition on a clip:

Do one of the following:

  • For an Avid-type Ending on Cut transition, drop the transition on the A-side clip.

  • For a Centered on Cut transition, drop the transition in the middle.

  • For a Starting on Cut transition, drop the transition on the B side.

The transition will be placed as long as there is enough material to cover the transition.

To modify a dissolve with a contextual menu:

  1. CTRL+click an existing transition in the Timeline.

  2. Choose an option from the contextual menu (see image above).

    Figure 08 FCP contextual menu.

    Figure 09 Ending, Centered, and Starting Cut dissolves.

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