How To Add the Default Transition To Clips in Final Cut Pro

In a video editing program, a transition is the way the video moves from one clip to another. Without transitions, clips in a video would abruptly start and stop, and would make for unappealing videos. A transition allow clips to blend or fade into one another, as well as create cool effects during the clip transition process. This simple how-to guide will show you how to set the default transition in Final Cut Pro and apply it to clips in your video project.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Final Cut Pro Installed
  • Video footage to edit

Step 1: Choose Clips for Transition

First, you need to choose clips where you want the transition to be applied. Remember, that Final Cut Pro can only apply transitions between two adjacent clips in your timeline. If you wish, you can create transitions between every clip in your video. However, you should not distract your videos viewers by using too many flashy transitions. If you use too many transitions, they can actually serve to distract your viewers attention away from the video content.

Step 2: Choose Default Transition

The default transition in Final Cut Pro is a 1 second dissolve. This means that as one clip ends, it will quickly dissolve and fade into the next clip. If the default transition is suitable for your project, you don't need to choose another one. However, many editors prefer to choose a different transition as their default.

In order to set your chance default transition, choose the effects tab in your browser and then select transitions. Next, scroll down to the type of transition that you wish to set as your default and highlight it. Then, go to the effects area on your menu bar, and select set as default. Alternatively, you can also right-click on your preferred default transition and choose the set as default option that way as well.

Step 3: Apply Transition to Timeline

There are couple of ways you can apply your default transition to the timeline in Final Cut Pro. The first way is to simply open the transition tab in your project viewer and drag-and-drop the default transition to the space between two adjacent clips.

When dragging and dropping a transition in Final Cut Pro, you'll notice that the program won't allow you to drop the transition directly over one clip. If you attempt to do this, you'll be shown an 'X'. When you have positioned the mouse over an area where a transition can be applied, Final Cut Pro will no longer display the 'X'. Alternatively, you can right-click at the point between two clips and apply your default transition that way as well.

Step 4: Save Your Default Transition as a Favorite

If you make changes to a transition, such as increasing or shortening the duration of the transition, you may want to consider saving your default transition as a favorite. This will allow you to quickly use the transition without having to make changes to it every time you use it.

In order to save your default transition as a favorite, you can simply drag and drop it into the favorites folder on the transition tab. Once you have selected a transition as a favorite, you can also rename it for easy reference in the future.

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