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Hey guys, this is Emeek77. We’re going to talk a little bit about Transitions today.
So, as you can see, I don’t have a transition applied here, when it goes from one clip to the next, it just abruptly switches from one picture to the next, like that right there. So, I’m going to add a transition and we’ll start from there and let’s try a center split slides. So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to drag and drop it on the transition. I don’t want to drag and drop on either side, I want to drag and drop it right on top of the transition like that right there.
And as you can see, above it will turn red, this means it needs rendered. Command R will render your clip, same thing with audio. If you hear beeping that means it needs rendered or change that over to AIFF format. So, if you see a red line on your clip, you’re going to need a render it before you can play it back without dropping frames and stuff. So, I’m going to click on my transition and I’m going to hit Command R and it’s rendered.
Now, let me play this back, as you can see our transition. Now, if I double click on our transition, it will bring up a bunch of controls. Now, this up here is your clip before the transition and this down here is the clip after the transition and here is your transition. Like I said, you can move your transition in and around where you want it to start and end. This is your edit point right there between the two other rows and the play head is the yellow arrow.
You can give it a border if you’d like too, so I’m going to give it some border. The color of the border, I’m going to leave black, it needs a rendered again, let me render it our by hitting Command R and it should be rendered just fine. Now, it’s rendered. Now, I’ll play it back and you’ll see the border added. As you can see, the black border is added and you can make it thicker and thicker like that right there. The more changes you make, more than likely you’ll need to render and you can even change the center if you want to. If you notice, you’ll see a little center control here. If you double click the transition and it’s loaded in to your viewer. You can click the little cross right here. And over here in your canvass will be a little red plus and if you click and drag this around, this will change the center. And I can put it up here in the corner if I want that way after I render it out. You can see, the transition will start up there in the corner.
So, let’s try a different transition. I’ve got my transition selected. So, if I select another transitions from up here in the menu bar under effects, video transitions I’m going to use maybe a rectangle iris, how is that? I will take a rectangle iris and it automatically updates in the time line. And the rectangle iris is just a square like that right there and I can show you a quick little trick here if you want just do a quick picture end picture. All you have to do is go over here, change your center to up here in the corner like that right there and you’ll see a little start control. This means what size do you want your transition to start at. I’m going to say about 25% and it will start at size 25% and when it comes in to play you’ll see it’s already at 25%.
Now, I’m going to put my end percentage at 25%, that way it will stay at 25% from beginning to end. Now, it should stay at 25% holding to the transition as you can see. Now, all I got to do is adjust my center point and put it up here in the corner and now I have a quick picture end picture. Of course, you would want to make your transition link longer if you’d want to make the picture end picture longer. As you can see, there’s our picture end picture and this is not video, you can use this with video pictures or whatever, I’m just using pictures as a demonstration.
This little button right here will reverse your transition like if you have a clockwise wap and you hit this button it will make a counterclockwise wap. You don’t want to use too many transitions that pulls the viewer out at the end of the story and transition are usually good between one and two seconds long and they are good for scene breaks mainly. Let’s try something that has a lot of adjustments.
Let’s try another video transition. We’ll do that page peel. This gives us a page peel which looks like this. Looks like a page is being pulled back, like that and you can adjust the radius like this here and the highlight, you can give it some time highlight makes it look like the sun is there. And his little image right here, allows you to drag another movie or picture into it and that is what will appear on the back of your page when it peels through.
So like I said, you can adjust the link of your transition by grabbing on the end of it and shorten inner link in it which determines how long your transition will be. How long your page peel will be as you can see there, that if I shortened it down, it will appear a lot quicker.
So, that’s basically all the risks to transition guys. There’s not much to it, you double click your transition, it will brings the settings up here, it is in top line is your clip coming in. The bottom is your clip going out and you can adjust your transition this way. Now, I’m going to start and end is what size you want the transition to start at and then there are different adjustments for each different transition like this. This one has a direction, it will peel and every transition is different and of course you can key frame transitions also. So, let me erase this transition. Like I said, you can bring a transition to the side, middle or just to one side if you drop it to just one side. It will just transition that clip as you see or you can move the transition. So, erase bring another one in and put it on this side if you want instead of the front which makes it a little different. I like to keep my transitions in the center of the edit because there will be times when it calls for one side of the other, but its general rule, keep it in the center of the edit.
So, that’s about guys, not much to it really to be honest with you, not much to transition at all. There’s really not much to it. If you have any questions, please PM me, get a hold of me somehow and I’ll do all I can to help you guys out. Like I said, there’s not much to this, it’s really simple, but I hope this helps you in some way.