Thanks for the reply. I've tried using the gradient wipe, but was unsuccessful in attaining the desired effect. Here's a quick screencap to show what I'm seeing:
The problem is, this results in a very narrow wipe. I mean, it's no longer a fine line between image1 and image2, there is some feather, but I really need to feather it out. The gradient I created is the same dimensions as the sequence I'm working in, and is a gradient from 100% black on the left side to pure white on the right, with a nice gradient in between. But, when I use this, it's almost like the source gradient is squished in (on the width) resulting in a very narrow feathered wipe.
Below is an example of the rendered video as it was when using SpiceMaster to create the feathered wipe. The first image is the image directly before the wipe starts, the second image the image directly after the end of the wipe, and the third image is a capture mid-wipe. As you can see, there is a very wide feather during the transition as opposed to what is seen in the screen capture above.
Am I doing something wrong when creating my custom gradient? It seems like, since my source file is a nice, wide gradient, it should result in a wide feather, but for some reason it seems to squish down into a narrow feather?
The Linear Transition will do this for you.
"Linear" search the fx pane.
Edit : Sorry . Re read your post properly and discovered you went down this route.
One thing I might suggest from the first screenshot of your gradient would be to draw your gradient from edge to edge. I see a bunch of black on the left and white on the right. You can make your gradient smoother by drawing it longer. In other words, draw your gradient from the left most side of your canvas to the right most and this should result in a wider gradient transition.
I think that's just the way the screenshot looks. I'm looking at the Photoshop file right now and the left edge registers RGB 0/0/0 (Black) and the right edge registers RGB 255/255/255 (white) with a smooth, even gradient in between. So, I have no idea why it's resulting in this very narrow feathered gradient?
What I'm thinking is that you want only the left most pixel to be black. The adjacent pixel should be slightly gray - creating a longer and smoother gradient.
Also, have you played with the softness slider at the bottom of the dialog box?
Yea, I've tested both options (your above two posts) in the past when trying to do a feathered wipe in Premiere for a different job (the job involved converting a project started in Final Cut to Premiere — FC has a feathered wipe transition and Premiere doesn't). Your second post above (softness) was how I solved it that particular time, but the problem with using the softness is, it totally throws off the timing of the transition. As soon as you start increasing the softness, the point in which the transition actually takes place (visually) is delayed vs where the transition is set to begin in the timeline, and the point in which the transition ends (visually) is earlier than when it ends in the timeline. So, a 2 second transition in the timeline, when the softness was increased, resulted in a shorter visual transition on screen. This became a problem when trying to time things properly in the timeline (as transitions always started later and ended sooner than they were supposed to). Was hoping to not have to return to this hackery on this project (as again, it just ends up taking way longer than it should for having the ability to do a simple [or not so simple, in the case of Premiere] feathered wipe.