Video:Final Cut Pro Dissolves and Other Transitionswith Isaac Brody
You don't have to be a professional video editor to learn fancy Final Cut Pro transitions like dissolves. Add creativity and interest to all the movies you make in a few simple steps.See Transcript
Transcript:Final Cut Pro Dissolves and Other TransitionsHi, I'm Isaac Brody for About.com Computing.
Today I'll teach you how to add dissolves and transitions to video footage in Final Cut Pro.
Once you've arranged your clips on the timeline you may want to add transitions between them. Adding dissolves and other effects to clips helps to create a smooth transition in your videos. They can also be fun and creative.
Accessing Final Cut Pro TransitionsFirst, click on the Effects Tab. If it's missing you can go to Window, Effects.
Next to the box that says video transitions is an arrow, click on it. We have a list of transition effects to put between clips. Let's say I want to put a dissolve between clips.
Final Cut Pro Dissolve TransitionClick on the arrow on the dissolve folder to expand the dissolve effects.
The most basic dissolve is a cross-dissolve. Click and drag it between two clips. When you see the shadow, let go of the mouse. Now I'll move the playhead before the effect and hit the spacebar. There's our dissolve.
We can change the dissolve size by dragging it in either direction. And if we don't like it we can click on the dissolve and hit the delete button.
Final Cut Pro Wipe TransitionNow let's get a little fancier and do a wipe. Open up the wipe folder by clicking on the expand arrow.
I'll drag a clock wipe between two clips. I'll click and drag it to make it larger.
And I'll click the playhead before the wipe and hit the spacebar.
If we double-click on our transition, a settings window appears to make adjustments.
I'll change the wipe direction to counterclockwise, give it a border, and change the color. Now I'll move the playhead and hit spacebar.
Other Final Cut Pro TransitionsThere are many transitions available from page peels to cube spins. Play around with the different options to find what you like.
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