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Old May 21st, 2008, 12:47 AM   #1
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Need a different way to transition in FCP

Is there a way to transition clips in a way that does not reveal unwanted frames? for example, if I have two clips butt-fitted together like this:

[34567][34567]
(numbers represent time)

When I do a transition it does this:

[3456789
1234567]

In the process of blending it reveals frames 8,9 and 1,2 -- all frames that I didn't want to show. I realize that this is the only way to keep the audio seemless, but without the audio factor, is there a way to pull the clips together like this?

--[34567
34567]--

(Is that clear as mud?)
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Old May 21st, 2008, 12:53 AM   #2
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So it sounds like you want to do a sort of cross dissolve. If you wanted to do a 6 frame cross dissolve just trim 3 frames from the B side of the first clip and the A side of the second clip. Put an audio cross dissolve in along with it and all should be good. I think?
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Old May 21st, 2008, 02:17 AM   #3
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Dana,

I have to do this sometimes if I am stuck on a live event and neither camera has a good shot but I have to keep the audio running. I use the directional blur dissolve from Nattress Big Box. I have also used the Cross Zoom. Another option is the Dip to Color. Set the color to white and it will look like a bright flash. Or you can simply use keyframes and fade each clip out before the bad frames start then fade the other in when the good frames start.

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Old May 21st, 2008, 11:55 AM   #4
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Unlink the clips on the timeline. Set the transitions for the video track and audio tracks separately, change the transition duration if needed and re-link the clips.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 03:54 PM   #5
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Great ideas!

I rarely use the cross zoom, but it makes sense because the frames are usually bad because of movement anyway.

Trimming frames also makes sense. I recently discovered the individual frame trimmer, so these shouldn't slow me down much.

I usually edit video separate from the audio because of the kind of videos I produce.
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