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FCE Newbie - Transition problems 7 years, 12 months ago #20872

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I figured out my problem... it was a silly simple fix, as I suspected.  I just can't figure out how to delete my message, let alone my topic. 

Re: FCE Newbie - Transition problems 7 years, 12 months ago #20874

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Best guess is you are making one of my "Top Ten Mistakes"; so do do not fear, it is an extremely common error.

Transitions require handles, i.e. frames with which to create the transition with. Open your clip from the Timeline to the Viewer and I am willing to bet your In or Out point are at the beginning or end of the media. All you need to do is Ripple either the in or the out of the clip to give yourself sufficient handles (frames) to create the edit you want; i.e. if you are placing a 1 second handle centred on the edit point between two clips you will need a 15 frame handle on the outgoing clip and a 15 frame handle on the incoming clip (assuming NTSC 29.97 timeline).

A very handy tip is to turn on the Slip tool (s) and click on the clip in question; you will see a bounding box that will help define the duration, and handles, of your clip selected. When editing clips to your Timeline always try to leave handles to allow for transitions if you think you are going to use them. Before you get carried away using transitions, though, note that professional editors use them very selectively.

NOTE: If by "duration" you meant you have sufficient handles, let me know and include any additional details you think might prove useful.
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Re: FCE Newbie - Transition problems 7 years, 12 months ago #20877

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Nope.  Do you know what my mistake was?  I had not zoomed in enough, so it would not let me adjust/lengthen my one second transitions.  Yes, I slapped my forehead.  Dumb, dumb, dumb. 

I had dumped in a handful of clips to play with, pressed shift/z to see all of them, making the timeline too small to adjust transitions.  Here, I was so impressed with myself for figuring out some animation tools, and then something as easy as this had me stumped for two days.

Thanks for your help.  I knew I needed handles... iMovie is similar in that you need extra footage for most transitions.  I still am in love with the intuitiveness of iMovie, but I'm hoping I'll adjust to the learning curve of FCE.

Re: FCE Newbie - Transition problems 7 years, 12 months ago #20878

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That would have been a tough one to guess from your posting, but would you be surprised you are not the first person who has posted doing this same thing? It is a not uncommon mistake to try to do things in FCP / FCE without zooming in first, and probably deserves a place on my "Top Ten" list.

Thanks for following up with what you found because, by doing so, you will help dozens more who are struggling and come across this thread. Oh, and here is the  Ten Most Common Final Cut Mistakes posting. Mark them off as you make them, and then add to the list if you think I have missed some.
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