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Setting quick transitions

From: Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started

Video: Setting quick transitions

Transition effects can help define the style of your piece, give it pace, or they can also be used as storytelling devices. Here in my Timeline, I'd like to add a transition between the flower clip and the valley clip. If I park on or near that transition point, and now go to this button here in my Timeline window, Quick Transition, if I click, I'll open up the Quick Transition dialog. You can see that I have control to deselect my audio tracks if it's just the video track that I'd like to add the transition to.

Setting quick transitions

Transition effects can help define the style of your piece, give it pace, or they can also be used as storytelling devices. Here in my Timeline, I'd like to add a transition between the flower clip and the valley clip. If I park on or near that transition point, and now go to this button here in my Timeline window, Quick Transition, if I click, I'll open up the Quick Transition dialog. You can see that I have control to deselect my audio tracks if it's just the video track that I'd like to add the transition to.

Next, I can choose the type of effect. In this case, I'm going to choose Dissolve. Underneath that, I can choose the position. Would I like the effect to be centered on the cut? In this case, 12 frames before, 12 frames after, or would I like it to start at the cut point and therefore take place from the cut onwards, or end at the cut point, begin, and then complete, by the time we get to the cut point between the two clips? I can also choose Custom. I can add numeric entries or slide the effect, like so.

Let's choose Centered. I've got a choice to Add or Add and Render. If I want to add and render, then I can also select the target drive that I would be creating new media on. In this case though, because this should be a real-time effect, given that it has this green dot here, then I will just choose to add the effect, like so. We should be able to play it back straightaway. (Clip playing.) There we go! Let's also have a look at the icon in the sequence here. You can see that we've added the Dissolve icon.

It's got the green dot, which represents real-time, and then we've got this line which shows us the bounds of the transition, beginning here, ending there. Let's zoom out. Let's go towards the end of the Timeline. If I'd like to add a different type of effect here between the forest floor and the water, I'll park close by. Now, I'm going to come back to the Quick Transition dialog, open it back up again. This time though, after I've deactivated the audio tracks, I'm going to choose Dip to Color.

I'll make it 12 frames long, centered on the cut, and again, I'm going to add. Another icon has been added to the transition point, again with a green dot, and again with a line representing the bounds of the transition point. Let's have a look at that. (Music playing.) So, by default, this effect is a Dip to Black. If I would like to change that into a Dip to White, for example, then I'm going to need to edit the effect. If I want to edit the effect, then I need to go into Effects mode.

You could see at the moment, we're still currently in Source/Record mode. If I come here to the Effect mode button, I can access Effects mode that way. There's also an Effects Mode button down here in the Timeline palette. Let's activate Effects mode. Now we get the Effect Editor. Here's the icon and the name of the effect that we're editing. Here's the duration of the effect down here, and here is the Background Color, and that's what I'd like to affect. So, I'm going to click and choose white. Click OK, and now when I go back and play back in my sequence - (Music playing.) - I've got a white flash instead.

If I particularly like that effect, and I would like to keep it for future use, then, in Effects mode, all I need to do is grab hold of the Effect icon here, hold down and drag it to my bin. Now, I have that available, and I can take it and drop it on other transitions in the Timeline area. (Music playing.) If I want to remove effects, then I park near or on the effect, and use the Remove Effect button.

Another technique I can use is to add a transition effect to multiple cut points at the same time. If I make an in point here in my Timeline and then an out point here on my Timeline, and I choose the transition, I go to the Quick Transition dialog, I can now choose to add this Dissolve across all of the cut points between the in and out marks in my sequence. Let's click Add. Now you can see, I've got three dissolves in a row. (Music playing.) There's something very important to bear in mind here: A dissolve or a transition can only take place if you have handles at the beginning and end of the clips, which extend beyond where they currently are in the Timeline.

If I click down here with my double roller and try and drag to the left or to the right, you can see that there are no handles at this transition point at all. As a result, if I would park here, and go to the Quick Transition dialog and attempt to add a dissolve, you can see I'm told, look on the A side, there are 0 handles, on the B side, there are 0 handles. Therefore, no matter how hard I try, I can't add a duration to this effect. It just can't be added.

Being able to create, customize, and save effects with ease encourages us to get experimental and try things out.

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Avid Media Composer 5 Getting Started

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  1. 4m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 42s
  2. 21m 40s
    1. Starting Media Composer and creating a new project
      4m 15s
    2. Understanding Media Composer
      5m 47s
    3. Working with clips, bins, folders, and the Project window
      3m 44s
    4. Saving and backing up your work
      4m 16s
    5. Retrieving a project from the Attic
      3m 38s
  3. 27m 58s
    1. Understanding media formats and the Format tab
      8m 25s
    2. Importing media
      6m 11s
    3. Linking to media using AMA
      5m 43s
    4. Accessing media from other projects
      2m 56s
    5. Working with clips in the bin
      4m 43s
  4. 23m 49s
    1. Getting started with editing
      7m 25s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 39s
    3. Removing material from your sequence
      6m 20s
    4. Editing segments in the Timeline
      4m 25s
  5. 30m 44s
    1. Using Splice, Overwrite, and three-point editing
      5m 25s
    2. Understanding trim concepts
      4m 39s
    3. Working with trim techniques
      6m 6s
    4. Using the Timeline
      7m 49s
    5. Building multitrack sequences
      6m 45s
  6. 14m 21s
    1. Adjusting audio levels and pan
      6m 42s
    2. Diving deeper into audio
      7m 39s
  7. 23m 8s
    1. Setting quick transitions
      5m 33s
    2. Working in the Effects palette
      3m 42s
    3. Keyframing effects
      7m 1s
    4. Setting system performance and rendering effects
      6m 52s
  8. 17m 37s
    1. Creating freeze-frames and motion clips
      4m 40s
    2. Understanding timewarp effects
      7m 15s
    3. Understanding Timeline compositing
      5m 42s
  9. 19m 44s
    1. Working with basic color correction
      7m 13s
    2. Stabilizing shaky footage
      1m 44s
    3. Creating a basic title
      5m 0s
    4. Mixing down video and audio
      5m 47s
  10. 6m 33s
    1. Building the final output
      6m 33s
  11. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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