Learn how to create fade ins and fade outs.
- [Instructor] Transitions are ways to get from scene to another. They often serve as a cue to your audience, like a paragraph break that you're beginning a new thought. One of the most basic transitions is the simple fade. Fade in, fade out. And in this session, we've going to look at how fade ins and fade outs are created in Premier Elements. And then show you how to customize them for your specific need. Applying a fade in or a fade out to a clip in Premier Elements is very simple. You just select a clip on your timeline, right click, and under fade you have a number of options.
Fade in the audio, fade in the video, fade in audio and video, fade out, and fade in when into the clip and fade out. We're going to select fade in audio and video. Now what's happening when you create a fade on your timeline? You'll notice these little yellow lines that run horizontally through your clips. These are called rubber bands and they represent various levels. In the case of your video they represent opacity or transparency of the video.
In case of your audio, they represent your volume level. And what you're seeing essentially, is what's called key framing. So here for opacity on video, we're seeing a transition from zero opacity, which is 100% transparency, up to 100% opacity. Now most of the time we register this as a fade in from black. And in fact if I were to scrub over the timeline here by dragging the play head, you see that it is a fade in from black. That's because there's no video underneath it.
If you have stacks of video and you add a fade to an upper level video, you're actually going to see transparency in there. Most cases assume this is a fade in or a fade out from black. The audio as you can see is going from zero decibels up to 1 decibel, which is 100% audio. Now if we want to effect this fade in, make it longer or shorter, all we need to do is move the key frames closer together. That's a very short quick fade in or farther apart, which case we have a very slow fade in from black.
In quick view the process is essentially the same. We right click on a clip and from the fade menu we have a simplified fade menu because the fade of your audio and video are going to happen simultaneously in quick view. But it's still just fade in at one end, fade out at the other, or apply a fade in and out to the clip. In at one end and out at the other. And when I select that, if I go back here to expert view you can see there are my key frames once again applied.
Fading in and out is a very simple but effective way to transition from one sequence to another or one scene to another. It's like lights dimming between scenes in a play. They provide a chance for your audience to pause and consider what they've seen and anticipate the new scene that's opening up for them. Properly used, they can be some of the most effective transitions in your movie.
- Adding and importing media
- Comparing Quick view and Expert view
- Trimming, splitting, and rippling clips
- Adding narration
- Motion tracking
- Time remapping
- Creating movies with the Video Story tool
- Correcting color
- Adding video effects
- Mixing audio
- Adding transitions, including fades
- Adding titles
- Creating animations with keyframes
- Creating DVDs
- Exporting and sharing movies