Working with Default and
You can specify one video and one audio
transition to be used as default transitions.
The default transitions are available from the
Effects menu, from the edit point’s shortcut
menu, and as keyboard commands. A transi-
tion edit, available in the Canvas edit overlay,
automatically includes your default transition
at the time you perform the edit. A default
transition can be a transition you have
already modified within a sequence.
You can also designate a transition (or any
other type of effect) as a Favorite. Favorite
effects appear in the Favorites bin on the
Effects tab in the Browser and are available
from the Effects menu. Using Favorites is an
easy way to save a transition’s settings so
you can reproduce the effect later. You can
build up a small group of favorite transitions
for a particular project. When you’re ready
to bang out a string of identical transitions,
you can promote one of your Favorites to a
default transition and get busy.
Defaults and Favorites can speed up the
work of constructing those quick-cut mon-
tages your producer is so fond of.
To set the default transition:
On the Effects tab of the Browser, Control-
click the effect you want to designate as
your default transition; then choose Set
Default Transition from the shortcut
menu (Figure 13.10).
The default transition appears on the
Effects tab with a line under its name
Any customized transition in your
Favorites bin can be set as the default
Working with Default and Favorite Transitions
Figure 13.10 Use the shortcut menu to set the default
transition. FCP’s default video transition is a 1-second
cross dissolve, but you can select your own default.
Figure 13.11 The default transition’s name is underlined.