Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding transitions, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Cutting with Music.
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- Now this piece works pretty well with only cuts, but let's suppose I wanted to apply a bunch of transitions to smooth things about a little bit. Well, before I would apply multiple transitions across my clips, I need to decide what that transition is. Right now the default transition is a cross dissolve, but I can change that simply by selecting the transition I want and right clicking on it, to make it the default transition. Now this piece works pretty well with only cuts, but lets suppose I want to apply a bunch of transitions to smooth things out.
Well before I apply my multiple transitions across all of these clips, I need to decide what that transition should be, and make it the default. The default transition out of the box is the cross dissolve. And if I go ahead and start typing the word "dissolve", I can scroll down, and I can see that the "Cross Dissolve" is my default transition. It's a slightly different icon than the one above and below it. So I'm gonna have to pick a transition, but I also wanna pick a duration.
And to do that, I need to go up to the "Edit" dropdown menu. On a Mac it'd be underneath where it says, "Adobe Premiere Pro", and I'm gonna choose "Preferences". And I'm gonna go right to the top of the list to "General" preferences, and at the very top we can see that our default duration for a transition is 30 frames. Now normally, this is too long for me. I normally like 15 frames, or maybe even 10 frames, when I'm cutting a show that's 30 frames per second. I want it to be even more jarring, so let's go ahead and make it about 5 frames long for each transition.
I'm gonna press "OK". So I now have a short transition, but I want something that maybe is a little bit jarring, maybe a little bit ugly, and there's one that I never use, so this is a great opportunity to try it out. It's called the "Flip Over". So there it is, I'm gonna right click on it, set it as my 'Default Transition'. Now jumping over to my sequence, I'll select a whole bunch of clips, and then to apply the transition across all of these clips, I'm gonna simply press "ctrl + d", and all of these transitions are applied.
If you're on a Mac, you'd be hitting "cmd + d". Now let's go ahead and play, and see what our transitions look like. (upbeat string music plays) Well, that was pretty jarring. Now, on the flip side, nice, smooth edit with classical music, and some nice, slow dissolves. That would be lovely. But we're talking gargoyles here, and with gargoyles we want things to be jarring, so I think it works pretty well.
- Changing the duration of the music with editing
- Placing markers
- Cutting to the beat vs. cutting with the beat
- Preparing images for import
- Adjusting image size
- Editing to markers
- Trimming sound bites
- Adding effects
- Mixing audio levels
- Retiming music
- Changing pitch and key