Final Cut Pro: 3 Tips for Modifying Transitions in the Timeline

When you are customizing your movie, it is tempting to put in a number of transitions which will affect the way that the movie is shown on the screen or monitor. The work on transitions should have been done before you place it in the timeline, as you can struggle to move it out once you have placed it into the rest of the movie. Sometimes, however, you decide that you want to modify a transition after you have already placed it into the timeline, either because it does not look as good as you expected, or for other similar reasons. When you try to double click the transition when it is in that timeline at the bottom of your screen, you may find that FCP refuses to agree, or even throws you out. There are a number of solutions to this problem.

1. Use Canvas

Canvas is the window which displays whatever you may have in the timeline window. It is rather like the doppelganger of the timeline, as everything that is altered in one is also altered in the other. You may not be able to take the transition to the Canvas directly, but you can move the clip which holds the transition into the Viewer window. There, mark off the transition using the In and Out markers, and then take the transition over to the Canvas window. You should now be able to modify it in the way that you want. Taking the transitions to viewer will help you to get the best from your movie.

2. Edit Preferences

When you are having trouble with your Final Cut Pro, then one answer is to try and modify the preferences of your software. You can do this by shutting down Final Cut Pro (ensuring everything is saved, of course) and then opening up the hard drive. Open up the column view, and then go to >Users>Library>Preferences. You should then be able to see the Final Cut Pro, and a list of the preferences. Take this, and throw it into your trash bin. Open up the Final Cut Pro user data, and then take out the Final Cut Pro preferences. Start up FCP and check the settings, which should have reverted to default. Set any disk scratching preferences back before you proceed. Once FCP is working well, throw out your old Preferences list.

3. Re-Import the Film

If all else fails, you can try saving the film to a folder, and then closing down the computer. Once it has had a chance to cool down, open up the computer again, and then restart Final Cut Pro. You should be able to upload all of the film into the browser, from where you can extract the clips that you want to use, including the one which contains the transition that you wish to edit. This is a long process, but if you close the computer, then Final Cut Pro might look at your film differently, and allow you to edit the transition as you would any other part of the film.

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