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Lesson 4. Adding Transitions >  Adding multiple transitions

Adding multiple transitions

To create other effects, you can place two or more transitions together. You'll do this now to give the last clip in the sequence a dream-like quality.

1.
Drag the edit line to the end of the Eye.mov clip.

2.
From the Project window, drag the Solar2.mov clip into the Video1B track, snapping its Out point to the edit line marked by the edit line.



Before you place the transition, take a look at both clips to see what they look like individually.

3.
Double-click the Eye.mov clip in the Timeline window so that it appears in the Source view. Then click the Source view Play button.

4.
Do the same for the Solar2.mov clip.

5.
From the Transitions palette, drag the Sliding Bands transition into the Transition track, between the Eye.mov and Solar2.mov clips, so that it snaps to the beginning of the Solar2.mov clip.



You'll now shorten this transition so you can add others to the same overlapping area. First, let's change our view of the transition area.

6.
From the Time Units pop-up menu in the Timeline window, choose 8 Frames. This will make it easier to precisely resize the transition you just placed. Scroll the Timeline until you can see the transition you just added.

7.
If the Info palette is not visible, choose Windows > Show Info.

8.
Select the selection tool ( ) (if necessary) and position it on the right edge of the Sliding Bands transition so that it turns into a trim pointer ( ). Now drag the edge until the Cursor At display in the Info palette reads 7:20.



9.
From the Time Units pop-up menu in the Timeline window, choose 4 Frames. Then drag the scroll bar in the Timeline window so that the Sliding Bands transition is visible again.

10.
Make sure the Track Selector in the Sliding Bands transition icon is pointing down ( ). If it isn't, click it.

The transition begins with the Eye.mov clip and ends with Solar2.mov clip. Let's preview this.

11.
Hold down the Alt key (Windows) or the Option key (Mac OS) and scrub in the ruler across the Sliding Bands transition.



Copying transitions

Now you'll duplicate three more versions of the Sliding Bands transition to create a longer and more varied effect.

1.
In the Timeline window, select the Sliding Bands transition and choose Edit > Copy.

2.
Click in the Transition track just after the Sliding Bands transition, selecting the empty area.



3.
Choose Edit > Paste.

A copy of the same transition appears just after the first.

4.
In the copy, click the Track Selector to make the arrow point upward ( ). This creates a transition that moves from the Video 1B track to the Video 1A track.



Now let's preview what you've done.

5.
In the Timeline window, hold down the Alt or Option key and scrub in the Timeline ruler across the two copies of the Sliding Bands transition.

In the first one, the transition starts with the Eye.mov clip and ends with the Solar2.mov clip. In the second, it begins with the Solar2.mov clip and ends with Eye.mov. As viewed in the Timeline window, therefore, the transitions follow the direction specified by the Track Selector arrows.



Reversing the bands

Now you'll create two more copies of the same transition, but this time, you'll reverse the movement of the sliding bands, making them slide from right to left.

1.
Click in the area of the Transition track just after the second Sliding Bands transition.

The empty area is now selected.

2.
Choose Edit > Paste.

The Sliding Bands transition that you previously copied is pasted into the track.

3.
Double-click this copy to open the Sliding Bands Settings dialog box.

4.
Select the Show Actual Sources option.



Since the previous Sliding Bands transition finished with the Eye.mov clip, you want this one to finish with the Solar2.mov clip.

5.
Make sure the Track Selector to the left of the animating icon is pointing down ( ).

6.
To reverse the movement of the sliding bands, click the Forward/Reverse Selector ( ) to the right of the animating icon.

The F (forward) changes into an R (reverse), and the animating icon shows the bands moving in the opposite direction.

You'll notice a couple of other controls near the animating icon. Surrounding the icon itself are four triangles, called Edge Selectors; two are red and two are white. Clicking the Edge Selectors sets the orientation of the sliding bands. The Edge Selectors on the left and right sides of the icon, which are red, specify that the sliding bands move horizontally; those on the top and bottom specify vertical movement. The red ones are selected.


A. Horizontal movement B. Vertical movement C. Forward or reverse D. Anti-aliasing low, high, or off


Below the Forward/Reverse Selector is another button. This controls whether the transition uses anti-aliasing or not. Anti-aliasing blends the edges of the bands, smoothing the hard edges. Anti-aliasing is turned off when you see the ( ) icon; it's set to Low when you see the ( ) icon; and it's set to High when you see the ( ) icon. You'll leave it off.

These controls are available for only certain transitions.

7.
In the Setting dialog box, click OK.

Finally, to repeat the Sliding Bands to mirror the first two, you'll copy and paste it one more time.

8.
The third version of the Sliding Bands transition (the one you just modified) should still be selected. If it isn't, select it. Then choose Edit > Copy.

9.
Select the empty area in the Transition track after the third transition. Then choose Edit > Paste.

Another copy of the transition appears in the Transition track.

10.
In the Timeline window, click the Track Selector in the transition icon so that it points up.



Let's briefly look at what you've done. You've created four copies of the same transition, alternating its direction—down, up, down, up—and changing the motion of the bands for the second two. Let's preview it at the precise frame rate.

11.
From the Time Units pop-up menu in the Timeline window, choose 1 Second. This will make it easier to find the work area bar.

12.
Drag either end of the work area bar to cover the entire length of the Solar2.mov and Eye.mov clips. Then press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS).

Premiere generates the preview and then plays it in the Program view.



13.
To watch it again, press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS).

Since Premiere does not need to generate it again, the preview plays in the Program view immediately.

14.
Save the project.

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