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Lesson 4. Adding Transitions > Adding the Cross Dissolve transition

Adding the Cross Dissolve transition

If the Transitions palette is not open, choose Windows > Show Transitions.

Each transition is represented by an icon next to the transition name.

In the upper right corner of the Transitions palette, click the small black arrow and deselect Hide Descriptions in the menu.

The icons in the palette are shown at a larger size.

Click the black arrow again and this time choose Animate from the menu.

The icons for each transition are now animated, showing you more precisely how the transitions work.

Scroll down to the Cross Dissolve transition in the Transitions palette, and then drag it into the Transition track of the Timeline window, in the area where the two clips overlap.

Premiere places the transition between the two clips, automatically sizing it to the duration of the overlapping area, which is 1 second.

The arrow button ( ) (called the Track Selector) in the transition icon is used to set the direction of the transition (from Video 1A to Video 1B, or from Video 1B to Video 1A).

Transitions operate from one track to another (A) in the direction set by the Track Selector (B), producing a specific effect in the exported video program (C).

In most cases, Premiere sets the direction of the transition automatically, and you won't have to worry about it. Later in this lesson, you'll use the Track Selector and other controls to modify transitions.

To preview transitions (and other effects) by scrubbing (dragging) in the Timeline ruler, you need to hold down a modifier key. Otherwise, Premiere previews only the video clips, without any transitions or effects.

Hold down the Alt key (Windows) or the Option key (Mac OS) and then scrub in the Timeline ruler to move the edit line across the transition. Note that the pointer has changed into a smaller arrow, indicating that you are previewing effects. The preview plays in the Program view of the Monitor window.

Save the project.

Using the Transitions palette

Premiere includes 75 transitions, which you choose from the Transitions palette. In the palette, icons represent the way each transition works, where A is the first clip and B is the second. Tohelp you choose, you can animate these icons and display brief descriptions.

  • To animate the icons, choose Animate from the Transitions palette menu.

  • To stop icon animation, deselect Animate on the Transitions palette menu.

  • To display large icons and brief descriptions, choose Hide Descriptions from the Transitions palette menu to deselect it.

  • To hide selected transitions, select one or more transitions in the Transitions palette, and then choose Hide Selected from the Transitions palette menu.

  • To restore hidden transitions, choose Restore Transitions from the Transitions palette menu. Select those you want to display, and then click Show.

  • To reorder a transition in the palette, drag the transition up or down to a new location in the list.

  • To order the transitions in the palette by name, choose Sort by Name from the palette menu.

—From the Adobe Premiere User Guide, Chapter 5

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