4 Replies Latest reply on Nov 16, 2008 9:07 AM by (Bun-H)

    Video Transition: Dissolve disabled

    Level 1
      I was trying to use a video transitional effect: Dissolve, which is my favorite. When clicking a "Video Transitions" folder under "Effect," I see Dissolve is highlighted red while all other transitional effects are highlighted in blue. Anyway, I dragged Dissolve to Timeline to apply. But it is not working when I preview. So I was trying to create the same effect by creating a few keys of opacity. It is not working, either. When previewing, the film went on ignoring opacity key frames.... My pc is HP, OS is Vista, 32-bit, 3GB, and Premiere Pro. Any advice or suggestions?
        • 1. Re: Video Transition: Dissolve disabled
          TradeWind Level 3
          Don't know why opacity and dissolve aren't working for you, but the red highlight only indicates default transition, nothing more.

          What happens if you try rendering the area around your opacity change or transition...? Does it preview properly at that point?
          • 2. Re: Video Transition: Dissolve disabled
            Jeff Bellune Level 5
            Make sure you have enough head and/or tail material in the original clips to last the duration of the transition.

            Also, don't try to cut a single clip in the timeline and then add a dissolve. All you will get is a blending of the exact same frames from each of the 2 new clips and it will look like nothing is happening.
            • 3. Re: Video Transition: Dissolve disabled
              the_wine_snob Level 9
              Following Jeff's suggestions, read up on "Handles."

              Now, if you *need* to do a Transition, in an area, as Jeff describes in his last paragraph, Dip to Black is the only choice - no Dither Dissolves, no Page Curl, no Cross-Dissolves. Again, the "Handles" info will give you all of the detail that you need, including the do's, the don'ts and the "what will happen if I try it." Premiere will usually even throw an error message, that is explained in detail in the "Handles" section of the manual, though without that reading, you might not be able to make much sense of what it means, but it boils down to "what Jeff said."


              PS this is an often misunderstood, or overlooked aspect of NLE work. With film, it was a lot easier to grasp, 'cause you could actually see the frames on your A-roll and your B-roll and where the black leader was spliced to each. With digital, while it's MUCH easier to do, it's not as visually graphic and people just miss the concept. Once you read about it and think about it, it'll become patently clear.
              • 4. Re: Video Transition: Dissolve disabled
                Level 1
                Hi, thank you very much for your advice! I tried rendering a short clip, then I noticed the opacity key frames and dissolve transitional effects are working.... I do not know why I did not see those effects in the monitor window when editing in Premiere.... But those are rendered.... The problem is that a fine tunement is not done satisfactorily because I could not viewe how it works in monitor wondow... Pemiere had never acted like this before in XP.... is this related to Vista....? I wonder.