Using Still Clip Transitions

When you add a still asset as a clip to a track, you are able to configure a transition for it. The transition can be an effect, such as a dissolve or wipe, that provides a smooth transition from the still clip to the next clip.

Each still clip in a track has its own transition settings, accessible in the Transition tab in the Clip Inspector. You can also set a default transition for the track in the Transition tab in the Track Inspector.

The transition is considered part of the still clip, and, in most cases, does not affect its duration. Using long transitions may lead to the still being visible for only a short time, or may require the clip’s duration to be increased. If any clips use transitions, the transitions appear as a shaded area in the timeline.

Figure. Video stream in the Track Editor with the transition indicator.

Each transition has a start and end frame. The start frame is the still you are transitioning from and the end frame is the still you are transitioning to. If you are transitioning to a video clip, the end frame is the first frame of the video clip.

Note: You cannot configure a transition from a video clip to a still clip.

Adding Transitions to Still Clips

You can add a transition to any still clip in a track.

Setting a Track’s Default Transition

You can set a default transition for a track. All still clips with their type set to Same as Track use the transition.

To set a track’s default transition
  1. Click in an empty stream in the Track Editor to show the Track Inspector.

  2. Click the Transition tab.

  3. Choose the transition to use from the Transition pop-up menu.

    Choose “not set” if you do not want still clips to use a default transition. (You can still configure individual clips to use transitions.)

  4. Configure the transition using its specific parameters.

Setting an Individual Still Clip’s Transition

You can set each still clip’s transition settings.

To set a still clip’s transition
  1. Click the still clip in the timeline to which you want to add the transition.

  2. Click the Transition tab in the Clip Inspector.

  3. Choose the transition to use from the Transition pop-up menu, or choose Same as Track to use the track’s default transition settings.

    Choose “not set” if you do not want this still clip to use a transition.

  4. Configure the transition using its specific parameters.

Transition Tab in the Track and Clip Inspectors

The Transition tabs in the Track and Clip Inspectors are identical—the only difference is that the Type pop-up menu in the Clip Inspector has a Same as Track choice that the Track Inspector does not have.

Figure. Transition tab in the Track Inspector.
  • Start thumbnail: Shows the video frame that a still transition will start from.
  • Transition thumbnail: Provides a preview of a still transition when you click the Preview button.
  • End thumbnail: Shows the video frame that a still transition will end with. This thumbnail is empty in the Track Inspector.
  • Preview: Click this to preview the current transition in the Transition thumbnail area.
  • Parameters: Contains the parameters for the current transition. Each transition has its own set of parameters.

Transition Parameters

Each transition has its own parameters. In many cases, the settings are self-explanatory; however, in some cases, the settings are not obvious. See Transition Parameters for details on the parameters for each transition.