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Tom Simone
Transitions in Premiere more cumbersone to apply than in FCP?
on Aug 24, 2011 at 9:43:53 am

I've recently started using Premiere, having used FCP for quite some time.

I like it, but applying transitions to be slower... unless I'm missing something?

In Final cut, if I wanted to apply a cross-dissolve to the end of a clip I could select it and press cmd-t. I find this useful if, for example, I have lots of clips on v2, spread out above the main v1 track.

In Premiere it seems you can only apply a transition in this way between adjoining clips. Otherwise you have to drag-and-drop from the effects panel, which is slower.

Also, haven't yet got my head round the behaviour/placement of audio tracks when dragging down to the timeline, but that's another issue.

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ben g unguren
Re: Transitions in Premiere more cumbersone to apply than in FCP?
on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:48:28 pm

Edits are treated quite differently in Premiere than FCP. The main difference I've seen is that you can't select an edit (as you could in FCP with the V key); you consequently can't right-click on an edit. And that seems to have some limitations.

My process is to use page-up/page-down to jump to the edit I'm interested in then Cmd+D to apply the video transition and Cmd+Shift+D to apply the audio transitions. Only the active tracks will have the transition applied (and, incidentally, only the active tracks will work for the page-up/page-down hotkey, so it works out nicely). So if you had five active video tracks with an edit in the same spot, all five would have the transition applied with Cmd+D. I don't think there's a way to apply transitions en masse like you're talking about. But I've only been at Premiere for a couple months, so maybe I've missed something there....

As for audio, you've probably figured out that Premiere requires your audio type (mono, stereo, or 5.1) to match that of the timeline. So if you're inserting video with stereo audio into V1, but A1 is a mono track, then it will look to A2 instead, then A3, and so on until it finds a stereo track. If it can't find one, it will create one. PLUS the track has to be active, I believe. Very different from how FCP does it, and a little more restrictive, I'd say. But you can also apply audio effects to entire tracks, which is pretty dang awesome. (You give a little, you take a little.)

Ben Unguren
Motion Graphics & Editing

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Tom Simone
Re: Transitions in Premiere more cumbersone to apply than in FCP?
on Aug 24, 2011 at 2:03:37 pm

Hi Ben,

thanks for that - taught me quite a few new things!

I'll have to reconfigure the page up/down because I don't have them on my keyboard.

I think that I've come to the general conclusion that I prefer editing on the timeline in FCP, but PP comes out tops because it's faster and better for my dslr footage.


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Gates Bradley
Re: Transitions in Premiere more cumbersone to apply than in FCP?
on Sep 16, 2011 at 6:00:31 pm

Tom, I'm in the same boat, experiencing the same problem. Thank you Ben for the very helpful info about activated tracks. However, it still is not solving the problem for me. Did it for you Tom?

I still cannot use the keyboard shortcut of "Apply Default Transition" on a clip if it is not adjacent to other clips. Am I missing something stil?

I really like some aspects of premiere, but the actual editing in the timeline (which really, is the heart of what we do) still feels a step behind FCP - somewhere between Final Cut and Avid. I feel like there is no sure-fire option at the moment with all of the big 4 options (i'm considering FCP 7 separate from FCPX) asking us as editors to give up something crucial in one area, even as we gain something in another. argh.

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