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Chapter 7. Adding Transitions > Understanding Transition Duration and Alignment

Understanding Transition Duration and Alignment

In the Timeline window, transitions appear as clip-like objects. The width of the transition corresponds to its duration; its position relative to the cut point corresponds with its alignment. Once you add a transition, you can adjust its duration and alignment freely. However, its initial settings are more limited. A transition’s initial duration is determined by a default setting you specify; its initial alignment is limited to three options, depending on where you drop it relative to the cut: center of cut, start of cut, or end of cut. Understanding these options makes it easier to plan for a transition beforehand and to adjust it afterward:

Center of Cut— Centers the transition over the cut so that an equal number of hidden frames on each side of the edit are used to create the transition. A 1-second transition centered on the cut would use 15 frames of footage after the Out point of footage of the first clip and 15 frames before the In point of the second clip (Figure 7.16).


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