Apply Multiple Transitions At Once

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[ This article was first published in the September, 2005, issue of
Larry’s Final Cut Pro Newsletter. Click here to subscribe. ]

A couple of month’s ago, a reader wrote in asking how to apply multiple transitions at the same time. I told them that the way Final Cut works, it only allows one transition to be selected per track.

While true, it did not, um, PRECISELY answer their question — because there IS a way to apply the default transition to multiple clips at the same time.

This is very cool — and you can use it to impress your friends at parties. Here’s how it works:

  1. Build a sequence in the Timeline making sure all your clips have handles.

  3. Move your Playhead to the beginning of the sequence

  5. Select all the clips to which you want to add the default transition

  7. Drag all the clips up to the Canvas and drop them on the red “Overwrite with Transition” overlay.

  9. POOF! All your clips are immediately edited back to the Timeline with the default transition (normally a 30-frame cross-dissolve) applied between each clip.


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