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The actual "fade" is Dip-to-Black.
If you are having issues with Cross-Dissolve, then it likely due to a lack of Handles. This ARTICLE goes into much more detail on Handles - what they are, and how they affect most Transitions.
Neale, many thanks!!
If you see anything but a smooth cross dissolve or fade to black then you probably have not renderd the area of the timeline where the effect is (red instead of green line at the top of the timeline. This only affects your preview, not the final product.
It can be faster to select apply a "dip to black" transition to the cut line between the clips than using the right click and fade although you can change the speed of the fade easier with this.
Make sure the transition is applied equally centered of the cut. You can alter this by selecting the transition properties if it is not for some reason.
There was one?
Ted, thanks for trying, but nothing you just described sounds "simple".
DagNabit! I tried that, and that is goofier than all the others!! I don't want to fade to a momentary black screen! Who wants to do that? That is worse than wierd. Am I asking too much? a simple fade. I've used other programs, such as Windows Movie Maker, and Power Director that accomplish a simple fade from one clip to the next by simply adding a fade transition. Zippo snappo, no muss, no fuss done in .3 seconds. Why does it have to be so difficult with this program??
Ted, once again I appreciate your response and effort..but really...I don't want to have to go to film school to do a simple fade transition!! I mean, I need to do maybe 50 of these in a 20 minute video What you are suggesting could take days....and cost dozens of lives!!
A "fade" is a just that. It fades to black.
Fades to black are far from weird.They are very useful for indicating a complete change of subject or chapter in a long video story.
I think you are using the wrong descriptions,
Probably you want a cross dissolve where one scene slowly dissapears while the next one appears, the average picture level being constant.
There are two of them provided in transitions. Cross dissolve (what you call a fade) and non additive dissolve.
They both work perfectly if you apply them correctly and you have set up your project correctly to match your video camera or slides. (see many other posts on this)
You simply drag the 'transition icon' for the dissolve to the cut line between the two clips. Cant be any easier than that can it?
If you are seeing jerky results, it is because your computer is not fast enough to preview unrendered video (or set up right) - so render it!
As I said there should be no red lines at the top of the timeline where the transition is (otherwise render just that red part of the timeline)
The dissolve period plainly shows in the video track. You can have it before, centered or after the cut depending on where you want the dissolve to start or finish in relation to moving objects in the video. (Right click and select effect properties to adjust)
You can even change the speed of the dissolve by dragging the edges of the effect boix in the timeline
>"I need to do maybe 50 of these in a 20 minute video"
This is the fastest way - apply all the effects and transitions AFTER you have assembled the clips.
First assemble all your clips first to the length you want
Don't bother to preview effects until you have assembled and applied ALL the transitions and effects.
Make sure you dont have any tiny gaps between clips
Add any text titles
Drag the cross dissolve transition icon to the join of each clip where you want the dissolve. (Dont bother to preview it yet)
Render the project (set work area markers to span the project)
Render everything (press Enter key)
Go and make a cup of coffee
Then preview it.
Try first 5 times first in case there is something else wrong with your computer
Remember any change to an effect may require re-rendering. You only have to render just that tiny part with the red line, not the whole video
Also know that, since version 8, you can select several or all of the clips on your timeline and, by dragging a transition between any two, apply the transition between ALL of the clips you've selected. (From my book, of course.)
Does that help a little?