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Bradley Miller December 14th, 2001 08:15 AM

Adobe Premiere discussions from 2002
I'm new to using Premiere and I have a feeling this is something very simple to do, but can anyone explain how I can superimpose two video images at 50% each and hold that for a duration of time? I'm not looking for a simple dissolve. I am trying to basically hold the dissolve effect at it's midpoint where both video tracks are onscreen at the same time.


Ed Frazier December 14th, 2001 02:39 PM

Hi Brad,

Here's one solution, but there are probably other ways to do it as well:

1. Overlap the the two clips on V1A and V1B
2. Place a Cross Dissolve transition on the transition track and stretch it to cover the duration of the desired effect.
3. Double Click the transition to bring up the Cross Dissolve Settings dialog box.
4. Set both Start and End sliders to 50%
5. Close the dialog box

You might want to put a shorter dissolve at the beginning and end to fade into and out of the superimposed section created with the above steps.

Good Luck,
Ed Frazier

Joe Redifer December 14th, 2001 06:09 PM

I'm not too familiar with the Windows version of Premiere, but does anyone know if there is a way to just have two video layers and set the opacity of one to 50%? That's how I do it in Final Cut Pro.

Ed Frazier December 14th, 2001 07:13 PM

Hi Joe,

Yes, it can also be done that way provided one clip is on Video Track #2 or higher. If I remember correctly, you cannot set opacity on Track #1A or #1B.

Ed Frazier

Justin Walter December 15th, 2001 04:43 AM

here is how I would do it.
Do you know how to use transparancies... it is difficult to explain without images but here goes. I'm doing this from memory so some of the details might be wrong:
1 - Place one video on track 1 the other right above it on track 2; (not track 1a and 1b).
2 - Select the video no track 2 ; (Click on the video in track 2 the white box appears around it.)
3 - goto CLIP scroll down to VIDEO select TRANSPARANCY
4 - In the dropdown box select MULTIPLY or experiment with some of the other options... before hitting OK look in the upper right hand corner just under the large box there are 3 boxes, be sure to switch the underline that is under the far left box to the far right box.
5 - Render and tweak until the superimposition looks the way you want.

Kyle "Doc" Mitchell December 17th, 2001 06:33 PM


Generally, I do what dr_pepper does; this allows me to better judge the opacity with the two shots because you can change the "transparency level" on track 2 by tapping the down carrot (like you would to alter audio). But I do believe that it renders a tad slower by using transparency tracks than if you do a simple additive dissolve. One good thing about using transparency method (Using track 1 AND track 2) is that you can set any duration of "dissolve" that you would like, and have that 50 percent look you're going for. If you find a quicker method that does not take a long time to render, let us know!


Kyle "Doc" Mitchell

Bradley Miller December 21st, 2001 12:48 PM

Much appreciated everyone! Both methods worked well.

Bradley Miller February 5th, 2002 07:10 AM

Adobe Premiere 6 - limitation on exported AVIs
Can anyone tell me how to set Premiere 6 so that it does not have a 20 minute limitation of exported AVI files?


Adrian Douglas February 5th, 2002 09:37 AM


It's probably a limitation of your hardware or your OS. If your using Win 98 your probably limited to a 4 GB file as this is the FAT32file system limit. If your using Win2k or XP change to NTFS and this should remove your file limit. If there is still no change then it's probably a hardware limitation

drilldoc1 February 5th, 2002 02:35 PM

Capturing to Premier - newbie question
If I use frame mode with my XL1, is it non-drop frame or drop-frame 30fps NTSC in Premier? I also notice that there is no selection for progressive frames, would you use "no frames" in the keyframe section and if exporting to an mpg2 encoder, would that also be the progressive setting? Also, if you capture at 60 fps or higher, would those settings in Premier change? Oh yeah, while I'm here, if I shoot with my XL1, does it matter what you capture from as I use a JVC DV deck to capture and print back to tape? In addition, is there a work around for the audio drift when capturing more than 15 mins. of footage?

Bradley Miller February 7th, 2002 05:09 AM

That's probably it. When I built this computer I did format the drives to FAT32. It is a Win2K system. However recently I had turned off Norton to do some editing and an email came in with a virus. The computer hasn't been the same since, so I need to format and do a clean install of Windows anyway.

Thanks for the tip!

drilldoc1 February 7th, 2002 01:58 PM

No takers? Ok let me make it easier.
Is the XL1 30 FPS non-drop frame or drop frame?

Joe Redifer February 7th, 2002 04:37 PM

You can change the format from PHIGGIDY-PHAT32 to NTFS without reformatting. I have the method written down somewhere but I am too lazy to go find it now. You have to reformat anyway for other reasons so it would probably be redundant.

drilldoc1 February 8th, 2002 03:30 AM

Tough question?
Who was buried in Grant's Tomb?

John Locke February 8th, 2002 06:41 AM

Grant's Tomb was built specifically to bury Grant, on a new burial site, and he was buried alone. With that in mind, the answer to your question is "No one."

Change the tense, though, to the present...and well, then we all know the answer... ;)

Wish I could help you with the real question...but I can't. Don't know anything about Premiere and it's capture settings.

Be patient, though...there's a pretty sharp crowd roaming through these forums and I'm sure you'll eventually get an answer.

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