Let's dive into one of the basics of Final Cut Pro X – adding and changing video transitions in the FCPX timeline.
Over the years, Final Cut Pro X has established itself as the editing powerhouse, and one of the things it does best is transitions. Whether they're sleek and subtle or garish and flawed, transitions are a powerful way to impress the viewer. Here are some ways you can apply them to your footage in FCPX.
What are FCPX transitions?
Simply put, transitions give you the ability to edit two clips together smoothly – and FCPX gives you 150 native, built-in ways to do so. (If 150 isn't enough, here's a free pack with a few more!)
Let's look at how transitions are applied in FCPX. We'll use cross resolution – probably the most famous and widely used transition in film and video – as an example.
Apply transitions with a link
- click on cut between two video clips.
- The clips must be touching for the transition to be applied directly between the media. The magnetic timeline is the perfect tool to keep this constant.
- The abbreviation Command + T. applies the standard transition. (Incidentally, Cross Dissolve is Final Cut Pro X's standard transition.)
Apply transitions from the browser
- Click on the media toolbar Transitions Symbol. It's a shaded box with an X.
- Choose any transition from the browser and just drag it onto the Timeline.
- Place the transition between two video clips.
- Go to inspector Fine-tune windows as needed.
Applying a transition from the menu bar (Cross Dissolve only)
You can also apply Cross Dissolve from the menu bar. Find out how to do it.
- click on cut between two clips.
- Of the Menu Bar, choose Edit> Add Cross Dissolve.
Okay, you have your transition on the timeline. So what now? Well, Final Cut Pro X gives you a couple of different ways to change the duration of a video transition, regardless of whether your keyboard or mouse is your best.
Activate the duration box
Use one of the following methods to activate the Duration field.
- Right-click the transition in the timeline and select Change duration.
- Select the transition in the timeline and use the link Ctrl + D.. (Remember "control the duration. ”)
- Select the transition in the timeline and double-click Timecode Box to change it to the Duration Box.
- Now enter the new duration, which will be counted by frames. For example, if you have a 24 fps project and want the transition to take a second, enter the following 24th. Beat enter make the change.
Change the duration manually
If you want to change the duration of your transition, hover via one of its endpoints and simply pull it out or Drag it in. If you don't like the placement of the transition and want to move it down in the timeline, hover in the middle of the transition, click it and then pull it to the new placement.
FCPX's blend modes provide an easy way to turn that classic transition into something unique. The default blend mode is Video, but there are several options – Film, Subtractive, Bright, or Warm. Each of these options has its own look. To take advantage of these features, apply the transition and open the inspector Burrow Control Panel – The Inspector can be opened (or closed) using the shortcut Command + 4. From here you can experiment with the different blend modes to find just the right look.
If you really want more control over your cross resolution and its amount, you can take advantage of this Keyframes directly in the inspector Window. So you really choose exactly how things should look.
Now let's move on to a few more blog posts about transitions:
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