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BIG Shortcut for Transitions/Crossfade in Old Final Cut Versions!

On jumping in trying Final Cut Express just added here: I remembered all over-again how STUPID these apps are for doing transitions. All the "Handles" B.S. and getting the "Insufficient Editable Media" warnings when you Command-T the end of a clip.

This is even worse now since most people are going to be working off MP4 or other compressed sharable formats rather than DV/HDV.

First Off, set your work-space to "Apple Intermediate Codec" (of whatever size you need - 720p is what I normally use) and it won't nag you about how it "can't find the device".

Next if you are trying to crossfade two inported-clips from the clip-browser, just put one over the top of the other in the timeline rather than end-to-end, (and while this isn't as easy as HyperengineAV that assumes a transition wherever there is overlap - and asks which one), it is much easier than clipping-off a second just to make the venerable "Handles" descend from Mt. Olympus so we can get-on with this.

If you want an actual break between the two clips set them to overlap by 2-seconds or there abouts (you will actually get some 'Black'), and if you just want a scene-transition 1/2-1 second is about right.

• Then you go up to effects find "Fade-In/Fade-Out", right-click and "copy".

• Next touch the end of the outgoing clip and right-click "Paste" (it defaults to 1-Second, but if you re-right-click on the transition, you can edit the duration to whatever you've previously set your clip-overlap to be),

• Repeat previous step with incoming clip.

• Render-All.

• Now for audio, grab the pen-tool from bottom-right (normal, not - or +), and double click on one audio-channel. The Viewer will now show the audio wave-form and pink, control-line. In the outgoing clip, set the upper-right time-indicator to your chosen end-point of the transition (i.e. 2-seconds from start of the clip) and the yellow marker will jump there. Just touch the place it overlaps with the control-line to make a key-point, then grab the loose-end and pull it down and all the way to the end.

• Repeat previous step with incoming audio channel but starting at the front rather than end. You will need to do this for all four L and R channels for incoming and outgoing clips, but don't worry - it's EASY and FAST. You can adjust the nature of the curves if you want, but the normal 'Bezier' is pretty-darn spiffy.

An advantage of doing this, is that you won't need to re-render the audio.

Select all and output via QuickTime Conversion.

As a side-note if you are posting to a platform like Youtube, the normal MOV or MP4 is fine as their servers can convert to H.264 much faster than these old Macs and also to WebM, which is nearly impossible in PPC without a paid app like Bigasoft Total Video Converter.

P.S. These old-apps are RIDICULOUSLY prone to pref-corruption, where they won't reopen after being closed. But trashing the prefs fixes you right up and when you restart, just re-aim at the location you had set for Scratch before and open your saved project and you will be good to go. And if it gets to be too much of a bother, just empty and lock the "do shell script "/Library/Preferences/Final Cut Express User Data/" folder.