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Sorry to hear, but you can always file a feature request.
I already did when I found out there is no copy and paste transition funcationality when Premiere CS3 came out last year.
You can copy and paste transitions: PPro CS4 Help Doc.
I don't know if you can paste to an EXISTING transition, but you can definitely paste a copied transition to an edit point that doesn't currently have a transition.
In CS4 you now can copy/paste a transition.
oh woow that's great news. I will check it out now. Thanks guys
Just tried it. it doesn't work quite the way it should be.
When I paste a transition to a new spot, it only copy the transition without any settings changed. For example, I created a iris round transition with a yellow border. After the paste, the new transition show no border just like the default settings.
That's pretty useless consider if I set that transition as the default transition, then use marquee to select all the clips I need to have the transition applied, then use "Sequence, Apply Default Transiton to Selection".
For what Adobe provided with the copy and paste transition, I still need to go to each transition and tweak the settings I need (for example I need to set the Flip Over transition to a black background instead of the default grey background).
Had a go at the transitions:
They do copy the settings as you can see in the effect controls but they do not show in the program window.
For some 'odd' reason a added a keyframe to the opacity to clip preceding the pasted transition: and guess what? It worked.
Can someone confirm this? Jeff, Eddie?
I rarely use anything other than a dissolve so ive never tried customizaing and pasting a transition.
So I just tried it:
I put 5 clips on the timline, added a round iris to the first edit point, (customized); I coped and pasted it to the other 3 edit points and the first two behave properly with the custom settings, but the last one behaves as default. So I added your opacity keyframe at 100% trick and that made the last transition work with the custom settings.
Looks like a bug to me.
I also rarely use anything other than the cross dissolve, maybe a dip to black.
Thanks Curt for testing.
This work-around is the same one used to solve another transition problem. See the following FAQ added by Jeff Bellune: FAQ:Why do my transitions stop working after I render?
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I creaetd slideshows using Premiere and need to use the Gradient Wipe transition a lot. Imagine for 50 photos I have to customize 49 times of the same transition.
I couldn't get even one transition copied with customized settings. All copied transition has the default settings. The customized settings show up after I added a keyframe. It's a pain.. but at least it works. Thanks for the workaround.
Is there a way to copy and paste to multiple cut spots? The help document said "Draw a marquee around the cut line where you want to paste the transition." I'm not sure what does that mean. I can only paste to the current time marker red line and have that current video track selected in order to paste the transition. Did I do something wrong?
Thank you very much.