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Part Two: Editing in iMovie > Transitions and Effects - Pg. 157

Fade Out This effect, conversely, is best used at the end of a movie, or the end of a scene that requires a feeling of fnality. Like its sister, the Fade In, this one doesn't involve two clips at all; it affects only the end of the clip to its left. As a result, it doesn't affect the length or synchronization of your movie. It's worth noting, by the way, that a fade-out is almost always followed by a fade-in, or by the closing credits. You'll blast your audience's eyeballs if you fade out, sweetly and gracefully--and then cut directly into a bright new clip. Both Fade In and Fade Out are very useful, and frequently used, effects. Tip: If you'd rather fade to black and then hold on the black screen for a moment, add a few seconds of blackness after the fade. To do so, switch to the Timeline Viewer and create a pure black clip, as described on page 140. Switch to the Clip Viewer, cut the black clip to the Clipboard, and paste it at the end of the movie. Now iMovie will fade out to black--and hold on to that blackness. Transitions: The iMovie Catalog Fade Out Overlap Overlap is almost exactly the same as the Cross Dissolve, illustrated earlier. The sole difference: The outgoing clip freezes on its last frame as the new clip fades in. (In a Cross Dissolve, the action continues during the simultaneous fades.) Use it in situ- ations where you might normally use a Cross Dissolve, but want to draw the eye to the second clip right away. Tip: Unlike the Cross Dissolve, the Overlap transition doesn't change the duration of your movie, which makes it a good choice for movies where you've spent a lot of time synchronizing audio and video. In those cases, a Cross Dissolve might knock things out of sync. Push In this transition, the frst clip is shoved off the frame by the aggressive frst frame of the second clip. This offbeat transition effect draws a lot of attention to itself, so use it extremely sparingly. For example, you could use it to simulate an old-style projector changing slides, or when flming a clever, self-aware documentary in which the host (who frst appears in the second clip) "pushes" his way onto the screen. chapter6:transitionsandeffects 157