final cut pro

Addng Transitions Between Clips

To add a transition, such as a dissolve so the first clip gradually dissolves into the second, first click on the vertical line between two clips in the Timeline.

You should see a brown area, like a thick I appear between the clips.

Now select a transition in the Final Cut Pro menu at the top by clicking on:

Effects...Video Transitions

Then click on a subfolder such as Dissolves. Finally click on the file for the transition you want to apply.

Or you can select a transition by going to the Browser window in the upper left of your screen and clicking on the Effects tab. Then click on the Video Transitions folder, and within that select a subfolder, such as Dissolves. Finally click on the file for the transition you want to apply.

For example, you might select the file for the Cross Dissolve, which is a common type of transition between clips, where the first clip will start to dissolve as the second clip begins to appear in the transition.

When you've clicked on the desired transition file, just hold down your mouse button and drag the file down from the Browser to the point between your clips in the Timeline and release your mouse button.

You should see the transition appear as a grayish area between the two clips in your Timeline.

You should see a green line appear just above the transition on the Timeline, which means the transition has been applied and you can view it by playing the clip.

(If there's a red line above the transition instead of a green line, that means you'll need to render the transition before you can play and view it.)

If you then move your playhead to a point on the Timeline prior to the transition and play the clip (you can press the Space key on your keyboard to play the sequence of clips, and press the space key again to stop playing the sequence of clips), you should see the transition between the two clips displayed in the Canvas above and to the right.

You also can make changes in your transition by double clicking on the transition in the Timeline.

For example, you can change the duration of the dissolve - that is how long the dissolve will last.

To do that double click on the transition. In the box that appears in the Viewer area at the top of your screen, just type a new number into the time box, which usually is set at a 1 second duration by default.

You can set a transition either in number of seconds or in number of frames or a combination of both.

If you don't like the transition you've created, you can click on it and press the delete key to remove it.

Or you can replace it with a different transition by clicking in the Browser window on the Effects tab. Then click on the Video Transitions folder and select a subfolder and file for another transition.

Now just hold down your mouse button and drag the transition file from the Browser down over the unwanted transition between your clips and release your mouse button. The new transition will replace the old transition.