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Transitions provide a smooth and easy change between clips. They generally are used to show a passage of time or change of location.

First, make sure that you have some footage in the Timeline. Now click on the Transition tab at the top of the screen.

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This will open the Transitions Browser which has several different Transitions that you can use. We recommend using Cross Dissolve or Fade to Black.

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Mousing over the Transition thumbnails will show you a short preview of what the Transition will do when applied to your Timeline.

To add a Transition to your video, simply drag and drop the desired Transition between two clips, before the first clip, or after the last clip.

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The added Transition will appear as a little box wherever it has been placed in the timeline.

To adjust the length of a Transition that you have already added to your timeline double click on the transition in the timeline. Then change the duration and click apply.

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You can also choose to apply this change just to the selected Transition or to all Transitions that you have added to your Timeline.

You can also fade cutaways in and out as well. You will not want to do this to any cutaways that are directly next to each other as it will cause you to see the main video in-between the two cutaway clips.

To apply the fades, first, click on the clip you want to fade.

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Then click on the Video overlay settings button, the first in the row of icons above the preview window. And finally move the slider labeled Fade to adjust the length of the fades.

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