The Duration of a Transition can be handled semi-automatically, by setting it in Edit>Preferences, or it can be increased/decreased by dragging on one end, or another.
For many Transitions, one can create these with Keyframing various Effects, such as Opacity.
What is your exact application and what would you specifically like to have happen?
Hi , basically, just to have the opening transition of the video segment
(from dvd) GRADUALLY open into the beginning and close at the end (youtube)
also,,,might seem dumb but I just CANT get the hang of the scene timeline ,
eg. put jpg pics in each box,,,then put audio in audio line. then how
to you match the time duration of each picture to coincide with length of
the music track?
Another question,,With a dvd segment edited on adobe,,,(recent high quality
classical peice) what is the BEST out put format for youtube. I have been
getting good results with : (mpeg format) under the line,,,HD 1280 by 720
high def for pc . Is this good or is there something called svcd which I
when I ripped the original segment before I learned i must use vob files for
best output results on youtube.
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Howard, if you want to do any serious editing, you don't want to be working in Sceneline mode.
Switch to Timeline mode and you'll be able to coordinate the audio with the video, control when and how your titles and transitions occur and more easily trim and arrange your clips.
As for YouTube, we've got an article on it in the FAQs to the right of this forum.
The challenge with YouTube is that not only will they re-encode whatever you put up there (destroying any quality) but they keep changing the specs of what types of files work best. So it's always a best-guess scenario.
I do 100% of my editing in Timeline View. PrPro doesn't even have a Sceneline, though there is something similar - never use it. Maybe it's because I come from a cine background, but I want to see everything layed out, as it will be used.
For Transitions, and such, I strongly recommend that one works in Timeline View. So much more control and a better visual representation in my book.
Steve G. has a very good book, The Muvipix Guide to PE7, that covers all aspects of Timeline View editing. It will familiarize one with what they are seeing and how to both navigate and manipulate Assest in Timeline View. I highly recommend it for anyone working with PE. Though written with PE7 in mind, most of the book translates to pervious versions of the software. Yes, there might be some features missing in, say PE4, but the general methods will be about the same. All basic questions are covered in an easy to understand format. Great book.
PS good luck with YouTube. As Steve points out, about the time everyone has it figured out, YouTube changes everything.