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Diana's Top Ten Final Cut Pro 7 Features#1 - Global Transitions

By Diana Weynand

There's a very good reason why this new Final Cut Pro 7 feature is my #1 pick. It's because it's the one I'm going to use the most. Not only that, but it's extremely easy to use and very intuitive. What are global transitions anyway? Well, rather than apply one transition to on edit point at a time, you can now apply the default transition to all edit points in an entire sequence at one time. It's a global trans-action. Too much? Maybe just define a range and apply the default transition to that range. There are lots of options, so let's take a closer look.

Creating a Default Transition
One of the ways you can apply a transition globally is to use the keyboard shortcuts for default video and audio transitions. So let's take a moment to make sure you know how to set a default transition just in case you don't want to use the system defaults, Cross Dissolve and Cross Fade.

If you want to use the keyboard shortcuts to access default audio and video transitions, find the transition you want to use in the Effects tab of the Browser. If necessary, change the length in the Length column. You could make other changes to the transition in the Transition Editor, then save that effect as a favorite, and make the favorite a default. Once you've created the transition you want to be the default, Right-click it and choose Set Default Transition from the shortcut menu. You can also select the transition, and choose Effects > Set Default.

Defining the Range for Global Transitions
Next, you need to determine the range of clips you want to apply the default transition to.

All Clips:
If you want all the video clips in the sequence, you can simply press Command-A to select all the clips, then press Command-T to apply the default video transition to all the selected video clips or Command-Option-T to apply the default audio transition. You can also use the Track Selection tool to choose just one or more tracks. If you want to simply choose an option from the Effects tab, you can drag a transition, audio or video, onto the selected clips. You can also choose any transition from the Effects menu.

Range of Clips:
If you only want certain clips to have a transition, you can drag to select those clips and apply a transition. Or you can set an In and Out point in the Timeline to define the range of clips.


Top: In and Out Points Setting Range Bottom: Transitions Applied to Range

Double-ended Transition:
If you want a transition to be applied to both ends of a clip at the same time, simply drag the transition to the body of the clip and release it.

I know I don't have to encourage anyone to try this new feature. It's something we've all been wanting, and here it is! 

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Diana Weynand is co founder of Weynand Training International,

Diana Weynand is author of the Apple Pro Training Series book, Final Cut Pro 7. She is co-founder of Weynand Training International, a Gold Level Apple Authorized Training Center that offers hands-on classes on Apple Pro Applications around the country as well as customized on-site training. She is also one of the creators of iKeysToGo Your Personal Shortcut Assistant in the Palm of your Hand! - a series of iPhone and iPod Touch applications for Final Cut Pro 7, Photoshop CS4, iPhoto, Word, etc. These Apps are available on the iTunes App Store. For more information, check out her website, www.weynand.com, call her at 818.995.1719 or email at [email protected].

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