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Transitions are a way to get from one scene to another. They often serve as a cue to your audience, like a paragraph break that you're beginning a new thought. One of most basic transitions is a simple fade: fade in, fade out. And in this session we'll look at how fade-ins and fade-outs are created in Premiere Elements, and how you can then customize them to your specific needs. A number of transitions are available by clicking on the Transitions button on the Action bar. In this particular case we're going to work with a simple one that's created right on the timeline. We have two scenes here--the outside of a restaurant and the inside of restaurant--and right now there's just a simple cut between them. I'm clicking on the spacebar to play the scene.
(video playing) We just cut from one to the other. Now we're going to fade out of the outdoor and then fade in on the indoor. Creating a fade is very, very simple in Premiere Elements. And the easiest way to do it is to click to select the clip on your Timeline, then right-click and select a fade option. Now they are a little bit different in Quick view and Expert view. I'm here in Expert view now and you see I have a number of options. I can fade in the video, fade in the audio, fade them both together, or fade them out both together.
In a moment, we'll go out to Quick view and we'll show you how there just a little bit different there. In this particular case, I just want to fade the audio and video out on my first clip, so I select that from my right-click menu. And you notice that we have this keyframe point created and then a downward trend here on this yellow bar, and on audio we also have a keyframe point and a downward trend. We'll select our second clip, right- click, and in this time we're going to apply Fade In Audio and Video.
And you see we have the opposite effect. Let me tell you what's going on here. If you look really closely at the clips at the top, you see that this particular property on the video section of my clip Opacity is represented by this yellow line. You can set that to another and do some other keyframing here. But by default it says Opacity. Opacity is the opposite of transparency, so when you have 100% Opacity, you have 0% transparency, right? So when this line is all the way to the top here it's 100% opaque.
As the line goes down, we go down here to a second keyframe that represents 0% Opacity, or 100% Transparency. So what we're looking at as we move down the timeline from that first keyframe to second keyframe, is we're watching the opacity, or the transparency, go from 100% to 0%. I'll show you. (video playing) Now, the reason it's fading to black is because there's nothing underneath it. We are on the bottom track of our video. If we had another video track below it, we could use opacity to actually transition into that through a dissolve.
But when there's nothing below it, when you're on your first track, adding opacity keyframe as we've done here will take you from full Opacity to black. Now the same thing has happened in our audio. You see that the property that's selected is Volume. So we're going from medium-level volume keyframe point down to zero volume. And on the clip next to it we're seeing the exact opposite happen. We're going from 0 up to 100%, 0 up to full audio.
And you can see it as I'm playing the clips. Pressing the spacebar to play. (video playing) Knowing that, you can change how quickly or how slowly your fades happen. In other words, if I would like to stretch this fade out--by default it's about a second long--I can move this keyframe down the line. Now my fade is going to be a lot longer. It's going to take about two seconds now.
We will reset the playhead and play it again. (video playing) Fades are a very, very simple transition. I'm going to remove these keyframes, and you can do that by the way just by selecting the keyframe, by clicking on it, and clicking the Delete key on your keyboard. So I'm just going to remove these. So now those keyframes are removed. I would like to jump over to Quick view Timeline.
In Quick view the audio that accompanies your video isn't visible on the timeline. It's there; you just can't see it. But creating your fade-in and fade-out is essentially the same process. We're going to select the second clip and if I right-click on it and I select Fade, you see I have a different option: Either Fade in, which is going to fade in both the audio and video together; Fade Out, which is going to fade out the audio and video together; or I can apply both a fade-in at the beginning and fade-out at the end with a single click. Voila! Let's take a look at the clip.
I am going to reset the playhead and then press play by just pressing the spacebar. There is our fade-in and at the end, our fade-out. If we go back over to Expert view, you can see that those same keyframes were added. They were just added to, at once, audio and video commend at the same time when you do it in a Quick view. It's like lights dimming between scenes in a play: they provide a chance for your audience to pause and consider what they've just seen and to anticipate the new scenes that's opening up over them.
They can be some of the most effective transitions in your movie.
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