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Lesson 9. Superimposing > Fading clips

Fading clips

Premiere's fade controls let you fade in and out of clips on the superimpose tracks, creating shadows, transparencies, and multicamera effects. You'll adjust the fade lines on the top four tracks of the Timeline, starting with the highest track, Video 7.

1.
Choose Window > Show Info to open the Info palette so you can use it as a guide; then press the Home key to return the edit line to the beginning of the Timeline.

Note

If a clip is selected in the Timeline, the edit line will return to the beginning of that clip. To deselect the clip, click it again or click the selection tool.

2.
Click the triangle to the left of the Video 7 track name to expand the track.



Notice the red line that appears under the clip name and thumbnail; this is the fade line. Every clip has a handle at the beginning and end of the fade line. You can fade in and out of clips by moving these handles or by adding handles to the fade line and moving them up and down. The process is similar to the way you adjusted audio volume in Lesson 5.

3.
Using the selection tool, position the pointer over the fade line in the center of the clip until the pointer turns into a finger icon with a plus and minus sign ().



4.
Move the cursor over the fade line and when the Info palette's "cursor at" line reads about 0:00:01:15, click to make a new handle. If the new handle is not in the correct location, you can either select it and move it, or drag it off the line to delete it.

5.
Select the first handle at the beginning of the clip and drag it down to the bottom left corner, which is 0% opacity. The clip now starts completely transparent and then becomes fully opaque halfway through.

Note

When selecting a handle on the fade line, make sure the finger icon is gray before you click to select it, otherwise, you will create a new handle. If you do create a new handle that you don't want, simply drag it off the fade line to delete it.

6.
Drag the last fade handle in the clip to 0% also.



7.
Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and scrub through the Timeline ruler to preview the clips. Now when the clip begins playing it is completely transparent; then it gradually becomes completely opaque, and then it gradually dissolves until it's completely transparent again.

8.
Click the arrow next to the Video 6 track name to expand the track; then click the fade line to make a handle at 0:00:02:15.

9.
Drag the handle at the end of Ball.mov to 0%. Now Ball.mov will play at 100% opacity for 2 seconds and 15 frames, and then it will gradually fade to 0% opacity. As it fades out, all the clips on the lower tracks will fade in.



10.
Press Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and scrub through the Timeline ruler to preview the clips.



11.
Click the triangles next to the Video 6 and Video 7 track names to collapse them, and then save the project.


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