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Lesson 4. Transitions, Sounds, and Video > Using a Screen Transition

Using a Screen Transition

In this task, you will select a screen transition to introduce your viewers to the images as they appear in the travelog presentation. You've probably heard of dissolves, wipes, and fades in traditional filmmaking. In Director, screen transitions are visual effects used to reveal or remove objects on the stage. For example, a Wipe Left transition displays the next frame of the movie by wiping it onto the screen starting from the right side of the stage and moving toward the left side, as if the viewer were pushing aside a curtain. You can apply the transition to the entire stage or only to the areas that are changing on the stage, and you can adjust the duration and smoothness of most transitions.

In the transition channel, double-click frame 2 to display the Transition dialog box.

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Frame 1 contains the black stage, and frame 2 contains the background sprite that you added earlier (in Lesson 3). Always place a transition in the frame where new sprites appear on the stage so the transition effect can reveal the sprites. In this case, the new sprite that appears in frame 2 is the Bgmap sprite. With the transition applied to frame 2, the Bgmap sprite will be revealed as the playback head moves from frame 1 (the black stage) to frame 2 (where the Bgmap sprite first appears). The transition actually begins to take effect when Director begins to draw frame 2.

In the Categories list, select All, and in the Transitions list, select Dissolve, Bits Fast. Then click OK.

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The transition now becomes cast member 17 in the Cast window.

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You'll use the same transition in one other part of the piece; you can copy and paste a transition just like any other cast member.

Select frame 2 in the transition channel and copy it.

Select frame 92 in the transition channel and paste the transition.

At frame 92, the TajArch1 sprite appears on the stage. Placing transitions where new sprites appear on the stage is a good way to introduce new scenes in a presentation. Since the image will change to the TajArch2 image and then to the TajRune image, you'll also place transitions in the frames where those images appear on the stage.

Paste the transition into frames 101 and 110 in the transition channel.

You have placed Dissolve, Bits Fast transitions throughout the score where new images appear on the stage.

Rewind and play the movie.

Now you can see how the transition looks in all four places.

Save your work.


Many transition effects are available as Xtras—extensions that add new capabilities to Macromedia products. Xtras use the Macromedia Open Architecture (MOA) standard to ensure that the same Xtra can work with more than one product. For example, transition Xtras now available from third parties work in Authorware 5 Attain as well as in Director. Go to Macromedia's Web site for information on transition Xtras currently available. Once you have purchased or created an Xtra, you need to make it available to Director by copying it to Director's Xtras folder.

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