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Building a Better Video Track > Making Your Movie Special with Special Effects - Pg. 120

iMovie: The Swiss Army Knife of Digital Video Software · Don't feel as though you need to have a transition effect before and after every clip in your movie. Sometimes (dare I say most of the time?), the default straight cut works just fine. This is where your creativity comes in, so experiment until you achieve an outcome that is pleasing to you. · Certain transitions tend to cause viewers to expect certain things. For example, a fade transition usually implies a longer break in the action, such as a major scene change. A cross dissolve is usually used where a minor scene change is taking place. A straight cut should be used when you want to call as little attention to the transition as possible. Keep these guidelines in mind when you use transitions so you don't stray too far from your viewer's expectations. · Don't use transitions just for the sake of using them. Adding transitions is fun, and you might be tempted to put them everywhere. When transitions are done properly, the viewer shouldn't even notice them. If you find yourself or your audience being wowed by your transitions, something isn't right. Also, avoid the so-called ransom note effect resulting from applying every kind of transition--just because you can. 120 Making Your Movie Special with Special Effects Special effects are a good way to enhance the quality of your movie's clips or to add artistic touches to your movie. While there are a variety of effects that you can apply, they all work similarly. The two examples in this section will demonstrate how you can apply any of the special effects to your clips. (See the section called " The Effects Palette " for all the details about the Effects tools available to you.) Making New Clips Look Old