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Chapter 9. Creating Transitions

Chapter 9. Creating Transitions

Fancy-schmancy transitions have been with us since the earliest days of movie making. Over the years, transitions have developed an important role in film story language. Filmmakers rely on the audience's knowledge of the transition “code.” This grammar of transitions and what they signify in movie language has grown up with the movies. These days, you are hardly aware of the translations that you make in film: a fade-out/fade-in means the passage of time, a ripple dissolve means “it was all a dream,” and a heart-shaped iris wipe means you're watching reruns of “Love: American Style.”

Final Cut Pro offers a library of more than 50 transition effects, which range from simple dissolves to complex 3D transitions. This chapter introduces the procedures for working with transitions in an editing context. For information on modifying effects settings to sculpt your transition, see Chapter 13, “Compositing and Special Effects.”


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