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3 Ways To Add Transitions In Final Cut Pro

Aug 31, 2020• Proven solutions

When professionals edit their video films, they often need to switch directly between different recorded scenes to create customized outcome at the end. If these transitions between different scenes are not well optimized then definitely they will affect flow of film and make it appear annoying with little blanking period in between. If you make use of Final Cut Pro for video editing then it becomes much easier to adjust these transitions so that edited films can run smoothly. The information below will help you to get complete knowledge about managing transitions in videos using FCP.

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3 Ways to add or modify the transitions in Final Cut Pro:

Part 1: Using Shortcut to Apply Transitions:

Create transitions in FCP

It is possible to apply transitions with a simple shortcut; all that you need to do is either blade your video clip into several scenes as per need or add two or more different scenes to be joined to your software timeline. It is desired because transition effect can be applied only if you have more than one clip on timeline.

Blade your clip

Once you have obtained your two scenes for which you need to add transition effect then select the very first scene from timeline. Now open Video animation window on your device, it can be done by pressing Shift+V; find the Compositing option and then apply default transitions by simply dragging timeline handle towards both sides of composite window. In FCP, Cross dissolve will be selected as default transition.

Default transition

Part 2: Use Browser to Apply Transition:

  • Go to media toolbar and then hit transition icon. It can be identified as shaded box over which X is written.
  • Transition icon

  • Now choose your favourite transition from Browser and drag it to your timeline.
  • It is time to place the dragged transition between two video clips that you need to edit here.

In order to change the duration of transition:

  • Simply right click on timeline and select Change duration option.
  • Change duration

  • It can be selected from Ctrl+D options also.
  • You can use precision editor option to adjust transition duration.
  •  Precision editor option to adjust transition duration

  • Users can also edit preferences for transition on Final Cut Pro software tool as per need.
  •  Edit preferences for transition

Part 3: Use Menu Bar to Apply Transition:

  • Click on the available cut between two clips on your timeline.
  • Now from appeared menu bar select Edit and then choose Add Cross Dissolve for your transitions.
  • Add Cross Dissolve

Related article: How to fade in/out audio in FCP >>


It is much easier to use Final Cut Pro for audio fade in and out needs. This advanced software tool can be operated with simple to remember keyboard shortcuts and even beginners can develop new customized projects using it.

Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.