You need a non-zero "Transition Completeness" to be able to see any effect. I can't remember in CS4 if you still need to toggle off the track output of the gradient track, but you can try that too.
I just tried the same thing. I placed a bmp on track 2, selected Center, then adjusted the transition% (completion and softness). No luck.
I then did the exact same thing in CS3 and it worked like is should. Anyone else having this problem?
Try putting a single opacity keyframe on the .bmp or .psd file. What happens?
Sorry but no luck. I tried a keyframe on the bmp file, the clip, both and none.
This is a simple DV project. Nothing fancy. Is this just my problem or should I submit a bug report.?
Thanks for the try.
Does it work as expected if 2 video clips are involved?
Not sure what you meant by two clips. I tried putting a clip on Video2 instead of a bmp file.
Still no luck.
I also tried the gradient wipe Transistion and it worked between clips.
All this works fine in CS3.
Thanks for testing, Andy.
My best advice at this time is to wait for the 4.1 update and see if the issue is resolved.
Thanks for checking it out Andy... I left my office early on Fri and did not check back in here... I just tried it in CS 3 this morning and it too worked just fine... I also tried the keyframe in my gradient image with no luck... Did you submit a bug report? I am going to submit one also...
Thanks again everyone for the help...
It seems to be working only on clips.
Have you tried nesting the still?
That seems to work, at least for me.
It Works! Thank you.
So, the solution for me was:
Place the bmp file on a new timeline.
Then nest that timeline on video track 2
Apply the Gradient Wipe Effect to Video 1
Then under the effects controls select video 2 as the Gradient layer.
It works for me too this way. Seems to be an odd way of having to do it. I am sure this is not how it is intended to work...
Thanks again to everyone for all the help...
I tested this in 4.1 It works fine now. We don't have to nest anymore.
Thank you so much for your suggestion of using a nested sequence to use the effect. I have not even played with the gradient effect yet, but the write-on effect would just not work for me on any stills. See http://forums.adobe.com/message/2011020#2011020 . My workaround was to output the sequence with the still clip to an DV-AVI file and import it to a new sequence and then I could get the write-on effect to work. It has never been a problem on my video clips. Harm Millaard had a play with the effect and did not have any problems, but my problem appeared on two computers both of them pre and post 4.1.
Even though it apparently works on some computers, maybe 64bit??? or Vista, or something, it certainly would seem to be a bug. Anyway, thank you again for your suggestion re the nesting of sequences, what an easy work around.