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Chapter 13. Creating Transitions

13. Creating Transitions

Transitions are a small, but essential, part of film grammar. 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, viewers are hardly aware of the translations that they make while watching film: 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 The Dating Game.

Final Cut Express 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 transitions, see Chapter 14, “Compositing and Effects Overview.”


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