Chapter 6

When working with effects, it is very easy to get carried away and use effects just for the sake of using them. This is particularly true with the nonlinear system as effects can be applied as a simple drag and drop operation. There is not the space here to cover every effect that is available – rather, this chapter highlights a few problem areas that editors have experienced when first moving to nonlinear systems but have not had the benefit of working on sophisticated on-line tape systems.


The dissolve is probably the most used transition after the cut and is typically used to convey a movement in time and space. As an outgoing shot fades down, the incoming shot fades in. What is important and common to any effect used ...

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