Final Cut Pro 6 - Example:Transitioning to or from Black

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Example: Transitioning to or from Black

A fade to black is really just a cross dissolve from a clip to black. In Final Cut Pro, you
can add black to the Timeline by adding a slug, which is a built-in Final Cut Pro video
generator. It’s often better to have an actual black clip to trim or adjust as needed.
However, you can create a cross dissolve from a clip to a gap for a similar effect.


Fading to black by creating a cross dissolve from a clip to a gap works only

if there are no other video tracks with clips beneath the gap.

To fade to or from black:


Add a cross dissolve transition to one of the following:

 The beginning of the first clip in your sequence
 The end of the last clip in your sequence
 The beginning or end of any clip with a gap on one or both sides

For more information, see “

Adding Transitions to Clips in Your Sequence

” on

page 377.

If the transition starts at the
beginning of the sequence,
you’ll see a fade from black.

If the transition is placed

at the end of the last clip,

you’ll see a fade to black.

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Part III

Fine-Tuning Your Edit

Moving, Copying, and Deleting Transitions

After you add a transition, you can move it or change its edit point. You can also copy
transitions to quickly add the same transition at another point in your sequence (then
modify its properties later, if desired). You can also delete the transition.

Moving a Transition to Another Edit Point

You can move a transition from one edit point to another. The transition is removed
from the previous edit point and located at the new edit point. If there’s already a
transition at the new edit point, it’s replaced by the new transition.