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Editing with Transitions

FCP's drag-and-drop Timeline editing capabilities extend to transitions in a unique way. You can add a transition as part of an edit while you are making the initial edit, and you can do this in both the Overwrite and Insert (Splice) edit modes. Avid does not have this capability.

Figure 10 FCP Insert and Overwrite With Transition Overlay options.

To create an edit with a transition using Edit Overlay:

  1. Mark your edit points in the Viewer (source) window.

  2. Drag the clip into the Canvas (record) window. The Edit Overlay options appear. Next to the Overwrite option is a red box that says With Transition. This Overwrite icon has stripes representing a transition effect. There is also an Insert (Splice) With Transition option.

  3. Drop the clip on the appropriate edit choice. In the Timeline, the clip will appear with the default transition at the beginning of the clip.

For more on how to set a default transition, see "Creating Effect Templates" later in this chapter.

Figure 11 FCP edit button options.

To create an edit with a transition using the Canvas edit buttons:

  1. Mark your clip in the Viewer.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the clip to the buttons beneath the Canvas play keys. Hover over the blue Replace icon. An additional group of edit icons appears. Drop the clip on either the red Overwrite with Transition icon or the yellow Insert (Splice) with Transition icon.

    • Press SHIFT+F9 for Insert with Transition or SHIFT+F10 for Overwrite with Transition.

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