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Can't change duration of transition to compound clip

213 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 31, 2013 3:28 AM by Tom Wolsky RSS
dastoelk Level 3 Level 3 (650 points)
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Jan 29, 2013 2:08 PM

I'm trying to change the duration of a transition from a title to a title / compound clip.


I've hit control +D... enter the amount I want, but the duration STILL shows up as the default duration of 12 frames (.5 secs in my preferences)


There must be a way for me to change the dur of the x-tion WITHOUT having me to break apart the compound clip? (and, thus, having to set a transition for EVERY layer is said compound.)



OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), mid-2011 3.4-i7 24GB, FCPX 10.0.7
  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,805 points)

    Maybe that is because you don't have handles available? A handle is extra media at the start or end of a clip that is used when you add a transition.

  • furrytoes Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)

    Yes, I can reproduce what you've got.


    But this situation makes sense to me, because the compound clip I have is already full-size. It can't make a compound clip longer than you created it- you need to either make it longer or move it.


    The way I solve this is to use the Trim tool (T), select the compound clip and slip it to the left (say -5) - so now there's enough frames  to increase the duration of the Transition (by Ctl+D+5).


    You might need to edit the compound clip to make the last clip 5 frames longer - to keep the same duration.


    But it makes sense to me it can't go automatically stretching compound clips because it can't (and shouldn't) know which clip, of many, it should operate on, inside to achieve it.


    edited several times to get it to sound right (it's always the way)

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,805 points)

    I think furrytoes gave the answer: use the trim tool on the compound clip to create the handles.

  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,335 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 11:53 AM (in response to dastoelk)


    See those little vertical bar icons on each end of the transition? Those are handle controls. Grabbing the left one will control the handle on the right clip and vice versa for the right one. You add more handle on the right (outgoing) clip by grabbing the left control and dragging right. You add more handle on the left (incoming) clip by dragging left.


    Once you've added more handle, you can expand the transition by grabbing its edges and dragging away from the center.


    The "bowtie" icon can be used to "roll" the transition with respect to the two transitioned clips. If the transition is in the main storyline (or in it's own timeline), double-clicking on the bowtie will drop you into the precision editor (and back when you've finished.)

  • furrytoes Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 3:32 AM (in response to fox_m)

    Thanks. I hardly ever use those tools because of the disorientation I feel when I'm zoomed in and the entire timeilne starts moving (which usually happens). I have to zoom out to see what happened, back in to keep working.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,630 points)

    You can also select the edit point with the [ ] keys and use comma or period or Shift-comma or Shift-period to nudge the edit point if you're not moving too far.


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