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Fade to Black Transition
One of the most basic and elegant transitions that you can add to a movie in VideoStudio Pro X3 is a Fade to Black effect. This effect allows for a nice, smooth transition between video clips, and it can also be used to introduce or end a movie.
In this tutorial, we'll first describe how to add a Fade to Black transition between two video clips and modify the duration of that transition, if needed. Then, we'll take a look at how to use this transition to fade into the first clip of a movie or fade out of the last video clip.
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Fading from One Video Clip to Another
Transitions in VideoStudio Pro are designed to be positioned between two clips, so creating a fade effect from one video clip to another is fairly straightforward and can be accomplished by following these steps.
Step 1: If you haven't already done so, add the two video clips to the timeline as shown in the screenshot below. (Click any image for a larger view.)
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This action will show the customizable options available for the transition in the upper right quadrant of the application. One thing that you can do here is change the duration of the Fade to Black transition. By default, the transition is set to last 1 second, but you can shorten or lengthen that duration if you like.
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Fade In to the First Video Clip
Since transitions are designed to go between two video clips, you have to do a little more work if you want to fade into the first clip of a movie. Basically, you have to add a "dummy" black clip to the beginning of your video and then insert the transition. These steps will explain how.
Step 1: Click on the Graphic icon in the tools area of the application. Then, choose Color from the drop down box.
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By default, the inserted clip that shows nothing but a black screen will have a duration of 3 seconds. If you want to modify this, right-click on the clip and select Open Options Panel. You can then change the duration to any interval you like – just make sure that it's long enough to support the transition that you plan to add in the next step.
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Fade Out of the Last Video Clip
The process of adding an effect that causes the last video clip of a movie to fade to black is basically the same as in the previous section. The only difference is that you would add the black screen clip to the end of your timeline and then insert the transition between the last video clip and the newly added black clip.
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This same technique can be used with other transitions in VideoStudio Pro as well. Also, instead of adding a plain black screen clip to the beginning or end of the timeline, you can add a title screen or other type of clip to make the effect even more interesting.