I’m trying to transition between two clips of background music on the soundtrack. Both music selections are violin & guitar instrumentals, and I want essentially to do an audio “cross dissolve” transition to blend the two musical pieces together.
I found the “Constant Gain” and “Constant Power” cross fades under Audio Transitions, however, I’m not sure what they do or if I’m using them corectly. When I try to apply the effect to the junction of the two clips, it attaches to only one, and the Left Clip/Between Clip/Right Clip dialog is grayed out. (I’ve trimmed both clips so there’s plenty of head and tail room on both).
1. Whichever sounds best to you.
2. From PPro Help:
The Constant Gain crossfade changes audio at a constant rate in and out as it transitions between clips. This crossfade can sometimes sound abrupt.
The Constant Power crossfade creates a smooth, gradual transition, analogous to the dissolve transition between video clips. This crossfade decreases audio for the first clip slowly at first and then quickly toward the end of the transition. For the second clip, this crossfade increases audio quickly at first and then more slowly toward the end of the transition.
Its funny that Premier Elements Help doesn't address this, but good to know that PPro Help is available online and can be the back up.
I've been experimenting with the two cross fades and concludethat Constant Power is best for my situation. I'm still puzzled by the "location" of the fade on the timeline. It seems to be always on one clip or the other, and never in the middle. However, in reviewing the PPro Help (and Adobe video), it shows it in the middle for PPro. Regardless, it seems to work pretty well.
Along with the Audio Transitions, one can also Keyframe Volume, to accomplish about the same thing.
Depending on exactly what one wishes to have occur, the two Audio Clips can be placed on separate Audio Track, overlapped by the a bit, and then either Audio Transitions can be added, or Volume Keyframed, to have those two Clips "fade" into each other. That is usually not what most want, in most situations, but is another possibility.
For your convenience, the thread "Premiere Elements 11 - audio cross fade problem - Can't center between clips" can be found here at the link
The workaround described by me there
close the pop-up box with the X.
worked for me and was confirmed by others in that thread.
I will be writing about Premiere Elements 11 audio transitions further and will post with additional information soon.