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iMovie: Applying Transitions

iMovie, Version: 10.1.4. Be aware that different versions of iMovie will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guide: View/Download


A transition is an effect that seamlessly moves from one clip to another. Transitions are used in various ways, such as to tell the audience that there has been a change in scenes or a jump in time. Avoid using flashy or obvious transitions as they are distracting to the audience. The most effective and widely used video transition is Cross Dissolve, which fades one clip out while simultaneously fading the next clip in.

To add a transition:
  1. Click the Transitions Browser Tab, located just above the Browser.
  2. Preview the Title options by hovering the mouse over the Titles and scrubbing through. A preview will appear in the Preview Window.
  3. Click-and-drag the desired transition between two clips in the Timeline.
    showing transition between two clips

To change the duration of the Transition, double-click the transition icon in the Timeline and type in the desired length in seconds. Be aware that the length of a transition cannot exceed the original length of the clips. For example, if a clip is only 5 seconds long, a transition lasting 10 seconds will not be possible. If an error message pops up, the lengthen the clip or shorten the transition duration.

To fade a clip in/out, use the Fade to Black or Fade to White transition.


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Keywords:workshop, software, production, guide, video, editing, mac, iMovie, transitions   Doc ID:85317
Owner:Tommy S.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2018-08-28 13:56 PDTUpdated:2019-06-06 11:13 PDT
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