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Add effects (transitions)

Adding transitions to our production.

Why do we use transitions?

Well there are three main reasons you use them primarily to emphasize a change in the scene so they position themselves between two clips.

You typically want to use them when the overall group of clips changes to another group of chips.

So that’s one of the reasons.

You can also use them to add impact that the music is already providing.

And so for your hard transitions which we talk about in a minute there can be good to position in places where there’s a particular beat that’s going on with the music.

Third reason for using them is that they can help disguise flight erratics So they kind of like a bandage to cover off and literally hide some of the flight erratics.

So let’s look at a few examples of the things which have been talking about.

We’ll start off with some of the Etting we’ve already done where we used a transition to help emphasize the beat and the music.

If you remember on this bit here.

And so it’s a useful way rather than actually switching to a different scene.

We put in a hard transition there.

So a quick flash of light rather than a soft transition verbeek emphasis it needs to be a hard transition.

Let’s talk to an example of where we are using a transition to move from one set of footage to another

set of footage.

So in this production we’ve been creating here where we’ve got all of the flights over the dredger we could potentially start to put some footage in.

Was flying along by these cliffs over these waves.

Now that’s quite a jarring experience for the viewers to suddenly go from the greenery of this actual dredger here to then the crashing waves and the sunset and to help ease them move from that one set of footage to another.

We had put a transition in for that kind of transition.

We’d want it to be a soft transition something that’s not so punchy.

So we’ll go to our transitions browser here and then we’ll start to look through for some soft transitions.

Are almost always softer.

So I recommend going for something like the simple blur.

We’ll pop that in there and see how that looks ok again.

There we go that’s a much easier transition for the viewer to look at.

Personally I always like to shorten the length of these transitions from the standard that Final Cut Pro X recommends.

Or wait for the computer to do its thing there.

Nice and quick end and see what you think of this book.

There we go.

I think that tends to work better so it shorter a softer transition and use those for when you move for one set of Seems to another.

Let’s look at an example of how transitions can be used to patch up a flight erratic.

So if we look at this scene here there’s some slight flicks around that I’m not too happy with.

So we’ll play it.

We’ll try and find out where those are.

And it had a little shift.

Just about this is what we’re gong to do is win a cut out that shift to find out when it first starts I’m going to turn snapping off by pressing on.

So it doesn’t try to do that for.

There he gets it.

G are starting there’s a just before it starts.

There are cuts.

And now I see when it’s finished doing it’s me.

So it starts just there and there it’s got back onto its course and a cup that bit out there for be blade cut it out.

Select the middle of it and then let’s see how that plays without us putting a transition in.

And it will be nasty jump said to help remove that nasty jump again.

We’ll go for a soft transition.

So this time I’m going to go down to lights when some of these are both hard and soft under the lens flare is an excellent one.

There’s a nice soft transition or shove that in there and see what that looks like.

First of all look at it full with that Final Cut Pro Xed recommends and see how that works.


That works quite well actually.

That’s probably about the right with but will narrow it slightly and see if it works a little bit that I don’t like to have too long because they do then to start to distract from the main footage.

So let’s look at it now and have it shorter.

And you can see hopefully that having that there is much better than that which is not nice.

So that’s one of the ways transitions can be used to patch up flighter attics that you might be dealing with within your footage.


So as a quick recap there are three reasons why you can use transitions to help ease the user’s view from one set of footage to another.

To add to the impact of the music and to patch up flight erratics for the easing from one set of views to another and then also for the flight erratics I recommend using soft transitions use hard transitions to help emphasize the beat of the music and the song transitions are those that are smoother and take longer to occur and the harder punchier ones are things such as the light flash which kind of cash you in your eyeballs as you see them go by.

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