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So, in what circumstances will CMD+D not do anything yet dragging the Cross Dissolve works fine?
Ctrl/Cmd+D will not drop a video transition (or Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+D for audio) if you don't have the desired track(s) targeted. Those are the selectors at the left end of the Timeline panel; those labeled Video 1, Video 2, Audio 1, Audio 2, etc. are those that control where transitions are applied. The track selectors also dictate which tracks are subject to the Previous Edit (PgUp)/Next Edit (PgDn) commands; tie those together and you can fly through adding transitions...
...or, if you have a pile of video transitions to add, hold down Alt (maybe Opt on Mac? can't recall...) and select the video clips or video portions of clips you want to transition between. You don't even need to have the track targeted; just go to Sequence > Apply Default Transitions to Selection, and video transitions will be applied. If you don't "solo" the video portions, this command will also simultaneously add audio transitions, so you can be as selective as you need to be.
You can also copy and paste transitions, so if you've customized one, e.g. direction of a wipe, you can quickly apply it using the first method (Previous/Next Edit and Paste).
Thanks Colin. Helpful as ever. I did learn something about applying to selected clips - so that's much appreciated.
However, if I moving along (say) track 1 adding default transitions (CMD+D) to clips and then I hit some clips (on the same selected track) that CMD+D doesn't apply the transition to (the track is still selected and I can still drag & drop the transition) what could cause that not to work for this pair of clips?
Seems odd and I can't figure it out.
Two possibilities I can think of:
- There is a small gap between the clips.
- There are no handles on the outgoing or incoming clip with which to create a transition. You need X number of frames of overlap between the two clips to generate a transition. However, even with that, Premiere Pro will still create the transition; it will warn you that it's going to duplicate frames to create the transition (essentially a freeze frame). So, I'm leaning toward the first...
Hmmm.... No gaps and as I said in my first post, I can drag the Cross Dissolve to the clips and it works perfectly. There are plenty of handles on both clips so that's not the cause.
Is this a project you started from scratch in Premiere Pro, or is an FCP XML import?
From scratch. All 5D2 footage with some AE stabilized sections. Colour correction in Colorista II on all these clips.
Is it the AE segments giving trouble, or just transitions between regular clips?