18 Replies Latest reply: Apr 24, 2015 5:06 AM by Ann Bens RSS

    How to set default transition duration?

    Sebasvideo Community Member

      I can't believe Premiere would be so lacking in something so basic that is available in every other NLE I've used, but I can't find a way to set a default audio transition that also allows me to set half a second and not the 1 second default. I don't want to apply a lot of cross fades and then having to go to each of them and typing 15 and enter.

       

      Also, there is an easy way to save any filter as a user preset, including combinations of filters as one preset, but the same is not possible for transitions, audio or video, am I missing something?

        • 1. Re: How to set default transition duration?
          Alan Craven Community Member

          Edit>Preferences>General Tab

          • 2. Re: How to set default transition duration?
            shooternz Community Member

            am I missing something?

             

            Yep ...you are missing out on reading the User Help / Manual files before having a mis informed opinion.

             

            I can't believe Premiere would be so lacking in something so basic that is available in every other NLE I've used

            • 3. Re: How to set default transition duration?
              Sebasvideo Community Member

              shooternz wrote:

               

              Yep ...you are missing out on reading the User Help / Manual files before having a mis informed opinion.

               

              OK, if you do a search on the PDF for transitions you will get dozens of results until you get to the one mentioned above. Still, I can't believe that a major NLE lacks something so basic as setting favorite transitions with any duration you want, which is something that every other NLE I worked with has, including Edius. I'm sure fan boys with tell me something like "If you like Edius so much why don't you edit with it?", but any objective person will see that this is a major flaw that needs to be addressed by Adobe. Unless it is there and I missed it, in which case feel free to tell me how to do it, because I haven't found a way, not even to put a transition in the user presets folder.

              • 4. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                shooternz Community Member

                You can not save Transition Presets in Premiere. (You can stop searching)

                 

                I dont see it as a flaw. Its just the way it is.

                 

                I set a Default Transition (Usually 30 frames in a PAL tmeline)  then individually craft each one from there if I need to.

                 

                I never edit in a huge rush and enjoy the process of crafting the edit...so time saving is not a priority for me.

                 

                BTW - it is kind of worth going thru the Preferences (options) in Premiere and seeing what can be done in there.

                • 5. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                  Jeff Bellune ACP

                  If you'd like to see this feature in Pr, I invite you to file a feature request:

                   

                  Adobe - Feature Request/Bug Report Form

                   

                  Jeff

                  • 6. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                    J. Simon Community Member

                    I can't believe that a major NLE lacks something so basic as setting favorite transitions with any duration you want

                     

                    Maybe I misunderstand but...you can.  Right click any transition to set it as the default.  Alan told you in post 1 how to set the duration.

                     

                    So...what's the gripe?

                    • 7. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                      Sebasvideo Community Member

                      Jim Simon wrote:

                       

                      Maybe I misunderstand but...you can.  Right click any transition to set it as the default.  Alan told you in post 1 how to set the duration.

                       

                      So...what's the gripe?

                      I'm talking about saving transition presets with any duration you want, as well as different types of transitions, like having a cross dissolve that is half a second, another that is 2 seconds, a dip to black that is three, and an exponential fade that is 2 seconds, etc, all accessible in the top Presets folder, instead of having to dig inside a folder that is inside another folder in the effects tab. This is something you can do easily in every other NLE I can remember, Edius, FCP classic, and Vegas if I remember correctly, but I haven't used the last one in a while, although I remember clearly that you can set a script in it to do anything you want, including a fade in and fade out. Why isn't something so basic in Premiere, especially when you can save any filter as a preset? I understand that not all features can be implemented at once, but this is something that has been on NLEs for at least the past ten years. Isn't it about time that Premiere catches up to the rest?

                      • 8. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                        J. Simon Community Member

                        Ah, now I get it.  Different durations for different transitions.

                         

                        It's not a bad idea, but for me I think the higher priority would be for Adobe to make transition duration part of the project file, not general preferences.  Or better yet, attach the duration to a sequence, so that 30i sequences can have 30 frame transitions, 24p sequences can have 24 frame durations, 60p can have 60 frame durations, etc.  I hate changing that duration every time I switch to a different sequence.

                         

                        I mean, it works fine with audio, which we can set to 1 second.  But for video they make us work in frames.  Well the standard is 1 second duration regardless of frame rate.  I just wish there was a way to set that duration to 1 second that would stay 1 second no matter how many frames were in that 1 second.

                        • 9. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                          fuzzybabybunny Community Member

                          Sebasvideo wrote:

                           

                          Jim Simon wrote:

                           

                          Maybe I misunderstand but...you can.  Right click any transition to set it as the default.  Alan told you in post 1 how to set the duration.

                           

                          So...what's the gripe?

                          I'm talking about saving transition presets with any duration you want, as well as different types of transitions, like having a cross dissolve that is half a second, another that is 2 seconds, a dip to black that is three, and an exponential fade that is 2 seconds, etc, all accessible in the top Presets folder, instead of having to dig inside a folder that is inside another folder in the effects tab. This is something you can do easily in every other NLE I can remember, Edius, FCP classic, and Vegas if I remember correctly, but I haven't used the last one in a while, although I remember clearly that you can set a script in it to do anything you want, including a fade in and fade out. Why isn't something so basic in Premiere, especially when you can save any filter as a preset? I understand that not all features can be implemented at once, but this is something that has been on NLEs for at least the past ten years. Isn't it about time that Premiere catches up to the rest?

                           

                          I totally agree with you. Right now the way transitions works (doesn't work, actually) is completely utterly retarded.

                           

                          You can only set ONE default transition. Only ONE, because there is NEVER going to be a time when you want to frequently use 2, 3, 4 different transitions. NEVER.

                           

                          You have to dig into the *system preferences* menu to set the duration of that ONE transition. And you can only set ONE duration for ONE transition. There will never ever be a time anyone would ever want to have a few frequent transitions with different durations for each. No, we all only ever need ONE transition with ONE duration for EVERY SINGLE PROJECT WE DO.

                           

                          Can you tell that I'm frustrated?

                          • 10. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                            Sebasvideo Community Member

                            fuzzybabybunny wrote:

                            I totally agree with you. Right now the way transitions works (doesn't work, actually) is completely utterly retarded.

                             

                            You can only set ONE default transition. Only ONE, because there is NEVER going to be a time when you want to frequently use 2, 3, 4 different transitions. NEVER.

                             

                            You have to dig into the *system preferences* menu to set the duration of that ONE transition. And you can only set ONE duration for ONE transition. There will never ever be a time anyone would ever want to have a few frequent transitions with different durations for each. No, we all only ever need ONE transition with ONE duration for EVERY SINGLE PROJECT WE DO.

                             

                            Can you tell that I'm frustrated?

                            Exactly my point. Premiere seems like a really professional NLE in some things, in some others it seems like a $50 consumer NLE that they bundle with a USB video capture stick.

                            • 11. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                              FightSmartTrav Community Member

                              Hey Shootems.... while you might enjoy hand crafting every cross dissolve to contribute to the glory of your piece, I just need 0.03 seconds on my cross dissolves........ every ... single ... time.

                               

                              Rush or no rush, I could save a lot of time by being able to simply pop my consistently used default with a right click and "apply default"

                              • 12. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                                shooternz Community Member

                                Not sure if you will get a Cross dissolve to happen in 3/100ths of a second because they are usually done in frames but there is nothing stopping you setting a Default Transtion in preferences.

                                 

                                Setting the Default Transition is CTRL-D   ("every time")

                                • 13. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                                  kendahke1 Community Member

                                  Placing the transition with a predetermined default length onto the timeline is CTRL-D.  Setting the default transition itself is Edit>General.

                                   

                                  Right clicking on the transition once it's on the timeline only sets that transition's length, not all of the subsequent ones unless you right click on it and type in the length.

                                   

                                  I agree that there needs to be a feature added which allows for the saving of multiple transition lengths. FCP had it and one could map it to any key they wished.  It feels like taking a giant step backwards to not have it--it slows down the process when you have to rely on a mouse instead of sticking with the keyboard.

                                   

                                  Generally speaking, editing may require it (dissolving between stills and/or video; dissolving on off keys; fading up from and down to black).  Hacking doesn't.

                                  • 15. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                                    joneisele Community Member
                                    I mean, it works fine with audio, which we can set to 1 second.  But for video they make us work in frames.  Well the standard is 1 second duration regardless of frame rate.  I just wish there was a way to set that duration to 1 second that would stay 1 second no matter how many frames were in that 1 second.


                                    I have CS6.   Did the CC version add a feature that allows the default video transition to be time in seconds vs. frames?

                                    • 16. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                                      natewb Community Member

                                      One thing you can do is copy the text of the duration in the effect settings eg. '00:00:00:09'

                                       

                                      Then, when you drag on each transition, click the setting - it will highlight the whole text '00:00:01:00', and then you can paste in the replacement. Just been doing this and it does save some time...

                                      • 17. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                                        MiloFontane Community Member

                                        It's a needed feature. Having moved from many years of FCP cutting to Premier, i find the lack of custom duration transitions a big oversight.  When cutting down interviews for instance a 2frame dissolve is needed on various cut points in the audio track to remove clicking created by the cut.

                                        The only work around I have found on Premier is to create the transition on the timeline on an edit point, change its duration (2nd click) and enter the new duration, then highlight this new duration transition by clicking on it, copy it (control C) and then click on the edit point you want the transition copied to, and then paste it (command V).

                                        The Preferences/General area only allows audio transition times in seconds?? (on the timeline its in frames) and its limited to .01sec?!  This also should be more customizable.

                                        It's worth noting that in FCP you could even drag/copy transitions in the timeline as well as setting the duration of the default transition in the effects browser.

                                         

                                        I'll leave the combos of filters to someone else.

                                         

                                        I'm amazed this is 3 years since your question and the functionality has still not been included.

                                        • 18. Re: How to set default transition duration?
                                          Ann Bens ACP/MVPs

                                          If you update to the latest version (8.2) you will be able to set default audio transitions to frame level. (min is 2 frames).