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In this course, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate video editing techniques in Avid Media Composer. The course explains how to build sequences, mix audio, apply effects, and color-correct footage. The course also shows how to create titles, manage and output media, capture and import footage, and troubleshoot common post-production issues.
Probably the most common effect you'll use while editing is something you see all the time but may not always be aware of it, the basic dissolve. The dissolve, which is a gradual transition from one image to another, is the most classic way to show a juxtaposition of time, space, or ideas. We'll learn how to apply the dissolve via the Quick Transition window in this movie. All right, so we have our establishing suitcase shots, and then we go into our montage here. I'd like to have the dissolve right at this shot.
So I'm going to park near this edit point and I'm going to open the Quick Transition window by clicking on this button right here. We have a dialog box that opens, and right away I need to choose whether this is going to be a video dissolve, an audio dissolve, or both, and in this case I just want this to be a video dissolve so I'll deselect A1 and A2. I can choose what type of dissolve or fade I want to use, and I just want to use the basic dissolve, so I'm going to choose that.
I can choose whether my dissolve is centered on the cut, whether it ends on the cut, begins on the cut, or I can create a custom dissolve where I can just drag where the cut starts and ends, and I can actually also adjust the duration by hovering over the edge of it and dragging it out. You'll see the duration update right here in this box so, I can also change it, and I would like to, so I'm going to change this to 60 so it's a two-second dissolve, and we'll go ahead and start it on the cut.
So, as the suitcase comes into view, it's going to slowly dissolve. All right, so what do we have? We have a video dissolve that starts on the cut. It lasts two seconds, and we want to look at this option right here, Target Drive. This is only if I render it, and you'll never need to render a quick transition to see it play out, so this option is really not important right now because we are not going to add and render this dissolve. Rather, we're just going to add it.
I'll go ahead and Add, and you'll see that the transition starts on the cut. It's going to last two seconds, which we'll go ahead and play through now. (clip playing) All right, looks good, exactly how we want it. We have the image of their feet and the suitcases kind of persist over the first two seconds of that shot. Looks really nice. There's one more thing I'd like to show you about the quick transition and that's just how to apply multiple transitions at once.
Let's say that I would like to have a few transitions in between all of these dance shots, just really quick ones. I would just mark an in at the beginning of the sequence and I'll mark an out at the end. We'll go back into the quick transition. We want a video-only dissolve that is centered on the cut. We just want these to be maybe about four frames long.
Again, it doesn't matter about the Target Drive, because we're not rendering them, but you'll see this new button. It's Apply To All Transition Between In And out. I'll go ahead and just check that. If I had any existing transition effects there, I could either skip them or overwrite, but we don't have any, so it doesn't matter. And again, I'm just going to add the transition, not add and render. I'll go ahead a press Add, and you'll notice that every transition in between my in and out points received a dissolve.
I could go through a see if I like it, but I'll leave you to do that. For now, just realize that the Quick Transition tool is a great way for you to quickly apply transitions and be able to manipulate both their duration and position, as well as the type of transition, which includes most basic dissolves and fades.
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