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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
Setting up a default transition can really save you a lot of time. Let's say we want to apply a cross dissolve between all of these clips. We could open up Video Transitions, Dissolve and just drag-and-drop Cross Dissolve to all of our clips. That would take a long time. But if we had a real genuine project that went on for several minutes or an hour, that would be ridiculously long. So what we can do is use a default transition. I'm going to select video track 1 to target it. I'm going to hit Page Up to go to the cut point here. I'm going to a hit Command+D on the Mac or Ctrl+D on the PC.
That will create a transition automatically. Now when you see Cross Dissolve and it has a red outline around it, that red outline indicates that this is the default transition. Let me un-target the audio track here. Then Command+D and then Page Down, Command+D, Page Down, Command+D. And it's just that easy. We've applied a Cross Dissolve transition to every single cut point. Now what I could do, let's say I like Dip to Black. I can right-click on Dip to Black in the Effects panel and select Set Selected as Default Transition.
Once we do that, then it's Dip to Black that becomes a red outline and becomes our default transition. Then if we go back to the beginning in our Timeline panel, then if I hit Command+D or Ctrl+D on the PC, I'm going to be applying the Dip to Black transition and not the Cross Dissolve. A lot of times, you might want the same transition to kind of carry through. Cross Dissolves are great for that. You might also want an Additive Dissolve, which goes to white, kind of gets brighter like that, instead of darker. So you might choose to do something like that.
A lot of times when you set up a visual motif like that, you want to continue the visual motif and constantly apply that same transition. So, instead of just constantly dragging- and-dropping, which gets really tedious and it's a big waste of time, set it up as the default transition and just apply using that keyboard shortcut.
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