Working with Default and
Favorite Transitions
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 transitions 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
(Figure 13.11).
Tip
Any customized transition in your
Favorites bin can be set as the default
transition.
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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 transitions name is underlined.
To clear the default transition:
Choose Effects > Clear Default
(Figure 13.12).
To apply the default transition:
Do one of the following:
Select the edit point where you want
to place the transition; then choose
Effects > Default ‘name of the current
default transition.
Option-Control-click the edit point; then
choose Add Transition ‘name of the cur-
rent default transitionfrom the shortcut
menu (Figure 13.13).
Select the edit point; then press
Command-T.
Tip
Pressing the Option key while selecting
an edit point allows you to restrict your
selection to just the audio (or just the
video) edit point by overriding linked
selection.
To create a Favorite transition by
saving its settings:
In the Transition Editor or the Timeline,
click and drag the transition icon to the
Favorites bin on the Effects tab in the
Browser (Figure 13.14).
Or do the following:
1.
In the Timeline, double-click the transi-
tion you want to make a Favorite.
The transition opens in the Transition
Editor window.
2.
Choose Effects > Make Favorite Effect;
or press Option-F.
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Figure 13.12 Choose
Effects > Clear Default.
Figure 13.13 Control-click the edit point; then choose
Add Transition ‘name of the current default transition’
from the shortcut menu.
Figure 13.14 Dragging a modified transition from the
Timeline to the Favorites bin, located on the Effects
tab of the Browser.
To create a Favorite transition before
changing its settings:
1.
On the Effects tab in the Browser, double-
click the transition (Figure 13.15).
The transition opens in the Transition
Editor.
2.
Adjust the transitions settings in the
Transition Editor; then use the drag
handle to drag the modified transition
into the Favorites bin (Figure 13.16).
3.
In the Favorites bin, rename the new
transition (Figure 13.17).
Tip
You can also select a transition in the
Browser and choose Duplicate from
the Edit menu. A copy of the transition
appears in the Favorites folder and the
appropriate Favorites submenu of the
Effects menu (youll find separate
Favorites submenus for each class of
audio and video effects).
To delete a Favorite transition from
the Favorites bin:
In the Favorites bin, select the transition
you want to delete; then press Delete.
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Figure 13.15 Double-click the transition you want
to customize to open it in the Transition Editor.
Figure 13.16 Adjust the transition settings in the
Transition Editor, and then drag the customized
transition into the Favorites bin.
Figure 13.17 Rename your modified
transition in the Favorites bin.

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