9 Replies Latest reply on Feb 17, 2010 6:18 PM by the_wine_snob

    transitions will not work


      In premiere, i have two clips with a crossfade transition in the middle. However, the crossfade transition does not work. Not in the previews, and also not in the final render. Thanks for the help!

        • 1. Re: transitions will not work
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          Please tell us about these Clips. Do they have adequate Handles, i.e. have you set their In & Out Points to allow for the Transition, that you are attempting to place between them? Are they butted up to each other, or is there a gap between them?


          I assume that you mean the Cross-Dissolve Transition. What happens when you drag it to the junction of the two Clips? What sort of messages, or reaction do you get? Does the Transition jump to one Clip, or the other? Things like that.


          Good luck,



          • 2. Re: transitions will not work
            lilylane Level 1

            The two clips on the timeline are right up against each other with a single cross-dissolve transition overlapping the clips at a 2 second speed duration, there are no gaps between the cuts in the timeline. On a closer look, the transitions do work but only merges 1 frame instead of merging for the entire 2 second duration.

            • 3. Re: transitions will not work
              Jim_Simon Level 8

              Do you know what clip handles are?  If not, some basic education on video production is a reeeeeally good idea before using a professional program like Premiere Pro.  If so, do you have enough for the transitions to work?

              • 4. Re: transitions will not work
                Harm Millaard Level 7

                You need handles. Make sure the clips overlap by the intended duration of the effect. If the duration must be 3 s, ensure that the clips overlap 3 s. So modify your in and out points or move the second clip to the left. Then apply your transition.

                • 5. Re: transitions will not work
                  the_wine_snob Level 9

                  Thank you for the info. It does sound like a problem with the Handles. Here are two images, that will hopefully make it a bit more clear:





                  The second one shows what happens if you do not have adequate Handles - the last frame of the Clip has to be repeated. Sounds like what you are seeing. It is shown as A-B Roll editing as an example. On the single Track in PrPro, you will not see the Clips this way. They are on the same Track, but this is essentially what is happening on that single Track.


                  The "cure" is to go into each Clip, let's call them Clip A and Clip B. Set the Out Point for Clip A back by the number of Frames of 1/2 of the Duration of the Transition. This would be 1 sec at your FPS rate (25 or 30 basically). Do the same for the In Point on Clip B. Transitions will work then.


                  If you look carefully at your two Clips, where they butt up, there will be a little triangle at the upper edge. When there are no Handles in either, each Clip will have its own little triangle, and will form what appears to be an even larger triangle. This tells you that you are looking at the exact end of one Clip and the beginning of the other. You need to adjust those In & Out Points for your Transitions.


                  Good luck,



                  • 6. Re: transitions will not work
                    Jim_Simon Level 8

                    Bill, you'd make a great mother.


                    (Although, your kids would come out a bit neurotic and highly dependant on you for everything in life.)

                    • 7. Re: transitions will not work
                      the_wine_snob Level 9



                      That was why we didn't have any kids. My wife thought about it for a bit, and decided, "Nah, a career will be better... "





                      • 8. Re: transitions will not work
                        Barry needs help

                        Bill and Harm can be my mother anytime!!!


                        thanks guys.  looks like i will need to do some practice.  thankssssssssss as always!

                        • 9. Re: transitions will not work
                          the_wine_snob Level 9

                          You are most welcome.


                          As you can see, if you were to Search for "Handles," it is a common element, and throws many, especially if they did not grow up in film, or A-B Roll editing. Abstract on first blush, but OH, so important.