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John C. Plunkett June 13th, 2008 09:55 AM

Fade to Black in FCP
 
I recently shot a movie that was edited on iMovie. I wasn't present for the editing process, but their is a fade to black transition that is far greater than anything available in FCP. Like I said, I wasn't there so I don't know if he was using a special plug-in transition or if that is just a standard transition in iMovie.

Does anyone know of a good plug-in package that includes a fade to black that is more like film? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Mike Barber June 13th, 2008 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by John C. Plunkett (Post 892581)
a fade to black that is more like film?

Can you quantify what you mean by "more like film"?

Other ways of fading to black than with a plug-in is to add keyframes to the video track's opacity and use bezier handles to create a logarithmic curve for a smoother fade, rather than a straight linear fade.

Boyd Ostroff June 14th, 2008 01:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Mike Barber (Post 892629)
Other ways of fading to black than with a plug-in is to add keyframes to the video track's opacity and use bezier handles to create a logarithmic curve for a smoother fade, rather than a straight linear fade.

That's the only way I ever do fades to black or dissolves in FCP, and it seems to provide a lot of flexibility.

Frank Simpson June 14th, 2008 08:38 PM

I'll echo that as well. About 95% of the time I'll just key-frame it.

John C. Plunkett June 16th, 2008 07:42 AM

I guess the best way to describe it would be to say there were different curves set to different gamma thresholds, anything dark or semi-lit would fade smoother over time while the brighter or well-lit areas wouldn't be affected till the very last few frames. The standard fade to black seems to fade both the high and low lit areas the exact same way.

Mike Barber June 16th, 2008 10:06 AM

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Originally Posted by John C. Plunkett (Post 893778)
I guess the best way to describe it would be to say there were different curves set to different gamma thresholds, anything dark or semi-lit would fade smoother over time while the brighter or well-lit areas wouldn't be affected till the very last few frames. The standard fade to black seems to fade both the high and low lit areas the exact same way.

I think the Non-Additive Dissolve will give you something more akin to that.

Richard Alvarez June 16th, 2008 11:16 AM

I don't know how it works, but in AVID there is a different effect for 'fade to black' for film and video. But yeah, it does exactly what you describe.

Scott Anderson June 16th, 2008 12:19 PM

How about Graeme Nattress' G Film Dissolve, part of his wonderful $100 Film Effects plugins:

http://www.nattress.com/Products/fil...m_Dissolve.htm

I have the set myself, and apart from some rather slow render times, I can't recommend it highly enough - overall, a great value for the money.

And the G Film Dissolve pretty much lets you dial in the dissolve to your taste.

Abdessamad Idrissi February 5th, 2010 02:03 PM

it seems a little bit an old post, but may help other people :
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by Dave LaRonde on Jan 25, 2010 at 11:13:25 pm

Put a black slug on the track below the footage in the timeline.
Set the footage to ADD blending mode.
Bring the opacity up from 0 to 100.
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Other Articles you can mix with the above technique:
http://www.lacquer.fi/blog/?p=8
http://www.lacquer.fi/blog/?p=5

Robert Lane February 5th, 2010 05:33 PM

100% spot-on; one of the complaints many Avid-to-FCP users have is the most simple of things: The basic dissolve to black. The default drop-in isn't filmic and very dull. I couldn't get some of the links that A.I. posted but the concept Scott and others posted is solid: if you want a more organic or filmic appearance to FTB transitions from Final Cut then adopting another plug-in or using manual additive dissolves will do the trick.


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