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Fade in from back to video clip

657 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2013 12:24 PM by AppleMan1958 RSS
keybounce Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Mar 24, 2013 2:51 PM

I want to fade from black to my clip at the start of an iMovie project.


The fade-in should occur over the entire length of the first clip -- this is not a transition between clips, nor a constant recolor effect on the entire clip. This is a fade in over the first 6 seconds / two lines of a video.


How can I do this in iMovie?


Things I've tried:

1. Cut the clip in half,  put a fade to black in between, and then toss the first half video. I expected to toss out the "fade out" first half, leaving just "fade in"; it was a complete failure.


2. Looked over all the video effects, and transitions; none seem to help.


All the transitions seem to be "squeeze between the clips", not "alter/blend the clips".


What am I missing?


EDIT: Also tried: Cross dissolve at the start. This *ALMOST* does what I want.


If I could make the cross dissolve the full length of the first clip, and put my audio on top of it, that would be perfect.

Instead, the cross dissolve can only take half the length of the clip, and **cannot take any audio**.

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5), Feb 2011 15 inch
  • dmorton750 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 4:46 PM (in response to keybounce)

    You should just have to drag a "Fade Out" transition to the beginning of the project. It will see that it is at the beginning and adjust so that it fades in. I do it all the time!


    Good luck!

  • dmorton750 Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 6:07 PM (in response to keybounce)

    Ok so if you want to fade in from a 6 second black, but you can only set the transition to 1/2 second, here is what I am going to suggest: Add a 4 1/2 second black baclground in the beginning of the video. Then, add the 1/2 second fade from black transition, then your clip. You then can start the audio at the beginning.


    You need to remember that iMovie is not a professional tool, and does not have the same amount of power as say Final Cut or Premier. There are many workarounds and ways to manipulate iMovie to make it do what you want, but some things you just have to accept as being consumer level.


    Hope this helped!

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Mar 25, 2013 12:24 PM (in response to keybounce)

    You can only edit during the first 15 minutes after you post.


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