Working with Default and Favorite Transitions

Final Cut Pro comes with default transitions; a 1-second cross dissolve is the default video transition and a +3 dB cross fade is the default audio transition. You can change the default to be another transition, including one that you’ve customized. If you use the same transition multiple times, you may want to consider making it a favorite, so it’s easier to add to your sequence.

Changing the Default Transition

You can change the default transition to any transition that comes with Final Cut Pro, or to a transition you’ve customized.

To change the default video or audio transition
  1. Click the Effects tab of the Browser.

  2. Click the disclosure triangle next to Video Transitions or Audio Transitions.

  3. Click the disclosure triangle of the transitions bin containing the transition you want as the default.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Select a video or audio transition, then choose Effects > Set Default under the Video Transitions or Audio Transitions section of the menu.

    • Control-click a transition, then choose Set Default Transition from the shortcut menu.

The default transition appears with underlined text in the Effects tab of the Browser as well as in the Effects menu.

Saving a Transition as a Favorite

You can save a transition as a favorite so you can quickly use it again in the future. This is handy if you’ve customized a transition or set a transition to a specific duration. You can name each favorite to reflect its effect, such as a modified duration. You can create bins in the Favorites bin by dragging an existing bin from the Effects tab or the current project tab.

To save a favorite transition
Do one of the following:
  • Drag a transition from a sequence in the Timeline to the Favorites bin in the Effects tab of the Browser.

  • Drag a transition from the Video Transitions or Audio Transitions bin to the Favorites bin in the Effects tab of the Browser.

    Figure. Browser window showing the Effects tab with a transition placed in the Favorites bin.
To rename a favorite transition
  1. Select the transition in the Favorites bin in the Effects tab of the Browser.

  2. Click the transition’s name to highlight the name field.

  3. Enter a new name, then press Return.

    Figure. Browser window showing the Effects tab with a transition selected for renaming.

Deleting Favorite Transitions

If you’ve added a transition as a favorite, you can delete it at any time from the Favorites bin. If it’s a transition that comes with Final Cut Pro, it will still appear in the Video Transitions or Audio Transitions bin.

To delete a favorite transition
  1. Select the transition in the Favorites bin in the Effects tab of the Browser.

  2. Select Edit > Clear (or press Delete).