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One of the things that you will use a lot when editing video are transitions. Now, we know a cut is a transition. But a lot of time you want to smooth out the transitions. Smooth out those cuts, and you'll be putting in transitions such as dissolves or (UNKNOWN) or even some more enhanced transitions. And you may also put in transitions for your audio to smooth out the transitions, say from silence to when people are talking, to smooth out that background noise. Now, to put a transition into your timeline, you'll need to go over to the left side of your screen, to where your Project panel is.
And you'll click on the Effects tab. Now, within the Effects tab are a variety of ways you can effect your video. And that would be filters, as well looks, and of course, transitions. Now, we could dig down into our video transitions folder, and find the dissolves. The first transition that we're going to apply, and simply grab it, and drag it where we want it to go. If I let go on the edit point, instead of having an abrupt cut from the opening graphic to the people speaking, we'll have a nice dissolve. I can go ahead and play that back and see how it looks. (MUSIC).
>> Welcome to Delight Gluten Free Eats. I'm Vanessa. >> Well, that was perfect. It's exactly what I wanted. Now, let's take a look at how we might put in an audio dissolve to fade up the music at the very beginning of the program. Now, on my screen I'm going to have to scroll down to where the music is and that's going to be on track A2 for you. And instead of going to Video Dissolve, I'm going to go into the Audio Transitions folder. And there we have three different audio transitions.
The default is constant power, that'll be the most natural one. But you can try constant gain or exponential fade to see how they sound to you. But you apply an audio transition the same way you would apply a video transition by simply dragging it and dropping it either at the beginning or end of a clip. Or where two clips meet. Putting audio transitions between two clips requires a little more diligence. And that's because occasionally when you put a dissolve in versus a cut, you may hear a piece of sound from the previous of the following clip that you didn't anticipate hearing.
So, a lot of times when you put an audio transition in, you'll need to make that quite short just to smooth it out. Now, if you prefer, you can put a transition on by simply selecting the transition by clicking on it, and then using a keyboard shortcut. On a Macintosh, the keyboard shortcut for a video transition is Cmd+D, as in dissolve. To apply an audio transition, you would select the audio clip, and that is Shift+Cmd+D to put your default audio transition onto a clip.
We'll explore how to modify these transitions. Making them longer or shorter or repositioning them in a later video.
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