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Welcome to the TDMD Daily Tip Podcast. My name is Marcelo Lewin. The digital media dude.
Today’s tip is for final Cut Pro in how to apply transitions quickly to many clips. So let’s go for it.
Okay, so let’s talk about the basics first. You can find your transitions under the effect tab in your browser or under the menu effects video transitions. You can see them here the same way under the effects tab video transitions. There are two types of transitions. You have video transitions and then you have audio transitions, the same way with your effects audio transitions. So that’s where you find your video and audio transitions.
Now, there is something called a default transition, if you go to video transitions. Go to dissolve. You’ll see an underlined under a transition. This is your default transition. That means that any keyboard shortcut that uses the transition will drop the Cross Dissolve as your default transition. Changing your default transition is very, very simple. All you do is navigate to the transition you want. In this case I’m going to select the linear wipe. Right click, set default transition. It’s as simple as that. Now I’m gong to go get out of this. I’m going to go back to my Cross Dissolve and say set this as my default transition.
Okay now that we have the basics down. How do we drop a transition? Well I’m going to pick a Cross Dissolve to drop here and in this clip. So all you really have to do is just drag it, drop it, drag it again and drop it. That’s so great. You can see if you use them in. You can see that my transition has been placed there. So when you press play, you can see how the video is switching without a problem. And that’s so great, but as you can see I have many cuts here.
And really what I’d like to do is I want to have the Cross Dissolve on every single clip. So I’m going to command Z, which is undo and then remove it. What I’m going to do is I’m going to select all of my clips minus the first one. Then I’m going to put my timeline indicator on my first clip. Then what I’m going to do is I’m going to drag this up to the canvas and I’m going to overwrite with transition. Now watch what happens when I drop it. All of the videos have been overwritten with the default transition send into them. That’s a really quick way vetting transitions to a lot of clips.
Okay, this is great, but notice one thing. It added not only a transition to the video as you can see here, but it also added transition to the audio. What if you don’t want transition to the audio? You’d only want it to the video. Well I’m going to go ahead and command Z to undo all of that and then I’m going to hold the option key and then select just the video clips. Now I just selected my video clips. I got to make sure that timeline indicator set to the beginning of the first clip. Don’t select this clip here because what happens, it will add a transition to all the clips including the beginning. And if I started this one, it will add a transition at the beginning. And I may want that, but in this case I don’t. Then I’m going to grab this clips I’m going to drop them and do overwrite with transition. And there you go. Now I’ve got transitions in all my clips in the video only, but not in the audio.
There’s one more thing I want to show before we end this Podcast. Let me command Z again to undo it all. And what I want to show you is the shortcut to actually adding both a video transition and an audio transition. And then what you’ll do it, let me zoom in here to the timeline. The way you do it as you select to your edit point. In this case when—since the files are linked and that’s a topic for another Podcast, but since the files are linked. It selects both the video and the audio at a point. What I’m going to do is I’m going to select only the video by holding down the option key and then you hit command T and that will automatically drop your default transition. Now to do the same thing but with audio, I’m just going to select my audio and then you hit command option T and that again drops your default audio transition, very simple to do.
One last thing I want to show you is changing—I just undid my audio transition, is changing the duration of the transition. And the way can do that is you can—there is a couple ways. The slowest way is you double click your Cross Dissolve then you go up here and you change it. You can also do it in the timeline by just dragging the corners to the duration you want. And it shows you as a little tip. What you are removing your and new duration. I’m not going to do that because it’s not very precise especially if you have snap-on. What I’m going to do is I’m just going to select the dissolve, hit Control D and then enter exactly how many frames I want it to be. And I want this one to be 15 frames. Hit enter and there you go.