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Video Pro X Introduction – #5: Transitions

Video Pro X Introduction – #5: Transitions

The transitions provided by Video Pro X5 are as numerous as the effects mentioned last week. Today’s installment of my Video Pro X introduction is about inserting and editing transitions. In addition, I will introduce popular types of transitions.

Transitions of consecutive scenes are known as “hard cuts”. However, before I discuss the individual transitions further, I would like to point out that even though Video Pro X provides many ways to use transitions, you should nevertheless bear in mind that the use of “hard cuts” is usually predominant. Other transitions are rather the exception and frequent use can negatively attract the viewers’ attention. The key is therefore to work with transitions in moderation.

The opposite of the “hard cut” is to crossfade scenes into each other. In this case, the Media Pool is used, providing many different types of transitions in the transitions folder. Everything you need is there, including normal transitions, 3D transitions, and playful intros/outros. The most commonly used transitions include the “flexible crossfade” [1] and “fade through black” [2].

 

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Creating a “flexible crossfade” is one of the most intuitive steps in Video Pro X. A “flexible crossfade” is automatically created when two objects overlap. Here the brightness value of both objects is added, the first object fades out, and the second object fades in. The resulting intersecting lines in the arranger mark the duration of the transition. The duration can be customized as you wish. With the help of the object handles [3], you can extend or shorten the transitions using the mouse. Furthermore, you can click on the transition icon [4] to open up the transitions menu [5] and adjust the transition duration there. You are also able to change transitions via this menu. For example, you can also select “fade through black” here. This is characterized with an ascending and descending line. The length of the line and thus the length of the fade in or fade out can also be changed using the object handles.

 

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Overall, using transitions in Video Pro X5 is very simple and intuitive. In addition, the large selection of transitions has something to suit everyone.

Related Links:
Part 1 – Interface
Part 2 – Import
Part 3 – Objects and Editing
Part 4 – Effects
Part 5 – Transitions
Part 6 – Greenscreening
Part 7 – Multicam-Editing
Part 8 – Export

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