Final Cut Pro X: Add transitions to your project

Add transitions to your project

There are several methods you can use to add transitions to edit points in your project. After a transition is added, you can adjust its parameters. You can also modify the transition effect in Motion.

For more information about transitions, see How transitions are created.

Add the default transition

  1. Click the Tools pop-up menu (shown below) at the top of the timeline, choose the Select tool, then click the edge of a clip (an edit point) in the timeline.

    The Select tool in the Tools pop-up menu

    One or both clip edges are highlighted.

    An edit point selected in the timeline

    Note: If you select a whole clip in the timeline instead of just an edit point, transitions are added at each end of the selected clip.

  2. Choose Edit > Add [transition name] (or press Command-T).

    The name of the menu item changes depending on the current default transition setting. To change the default transition setting, see Set the default transition.

    The default transition is applied to the selected edit point.

Final Cut Pro creates a cross dissolve transition at an edit point using media handles. If the video clip has attached audio, a crossfade transition is applied to the audio. (For detached audio, see Add an audio crossfade, below.)

A transition added in the timeline

Add or change a transition using the Transitions browser

  1. Click the Transitions button in the top-right corner of the timeline (or press Control-Command-5).

    The Transitions button above the timeline
  2. In the Transitions browser, select a transition.

    Move the pointer over the transition thumbnails to see an example of what the transition looks like. To filter the list of transition names that appear, type text in the search field.

    Note: If you don’t see the transition you’re looking for, you can use the Filter pop-up menu at the top of the Transitions browser to check for it in other locations. For more information, see Filter Motion content stored in a library.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Apply the transition to an edit point: Drag the transition to the edit point.

    • Replace an existing transition in your project: Drag the transition on top of the existing transition.

    Tip: Alternatively, you can select the edit point first, then double-click a transition in the Transitions browser to apply the transition.

Final Cut Pro creates the transition at the edit point using media handles. If the video clip has attached audio, a crossfade transition is applied to the audio.

Tip: To quickly create a “fade up from black” effect at the beginning of a clip or a “fade to black” effect at the end of a clip, apply the default Cross Dissolve effect to a single clip in the timeline (with no contiguous clips). For more precise control over fade effects, see Video animation overview.

Add an audio crossfade

When a video clip has attached audio, a crossfade audio transition is automatically applied when a video transition is applied. If the audio is detached or expanded from the video, the crossfade is not added. Follow these steps to add an audio crossfade between detached audio clips that are in a connected storyline.

  1. Create an audio-only storyline that is connected to the primary storyline.

    For more information, see Add storylines.

  2. Using the Select tool, click the edge of a clip (an edit point) in the storyline.

    One or both clip edges are highlighted.

    An audio edit point selected in a connected storyline

    Note: If you select a whole clip in the storyline instead of just an edit point, transitions are added at each end of the selected clip.

  3. To insert a crossfade, choose Edit > Add Cross Dissolve (or press Command-T).

Final Cut Pro creates the audio crossfade at the selected edit point using media handles. You can adjust the fade-in and fade-out settings in the Transition inspector.

Copy a transition to other edit points using the Edit menu

  1. Select a transition in the timeline, then choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C).

  2. Using the Select tool, click the edge of a clip (an edit point) in the timeline, then choose Edit > Paste (or press Command-V).

    If you copy a transition to an edit point that already has a transition, the existing transition is overwritten.

Copy a transition to other edit points by dragging

  • Select a transition in the timeline, then hold down the Option key and drag the transition to another edit point.

    If you copy a transition to an edit point that already has a transition, the existing transition is overwritten.

Note: If you extend a clip to its maximum length in either direction, the clip edge turns red. You may need to trim (shorten) the clip to create the media handle necessary to create a transition. For more information, see How transitions are created.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2019
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