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Premiere CS5: fade-in effect - what a neurotic PITA
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  • Actually, the hit area for the one-pixel line you refer to is about 10 pixels. There's Noddy ways of doing things, and there's precise controlled ways of doing things. It allows you to do it all quite easily. You can also turn off the 'random splotch' be setting the display style to name only: image

    ...where the yellow line turns to black (so you can see it better).

    I can totally understand if you're used to one way or the other, but again, that's not the software's fault.

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  • @itimjim Thanks for posting the screenshot, and magnifying it so that it's actually legible. If I understand the implication of that example correctly, you're expected to use the mouse pointer to target that one-pixel thin yellow hairline (that is typically obscured by a random splotch of thumbnail pixels) at some precise control point where you then attempt to drag it pixel-by-pixel into a fade-in curve?

    I can't believe what an occupational safety hazard this thing is, I'm getting tendonitis even thinking of dealing with a one-pixel thin GUI. My son normally handles these editing tasks but he's out of town for a while. I'm glad for the heads up though, because he rarely complains about this sort of interface abuse. I'll make sure he gets whatever therapy he needs down the road.

    What I typically do is dump a pile of sequential clips into the timeline, set In and Out points, and use razor commands to chop them up. You can then drag the clips until they snap together. Aside from that, most of what I do is grading with Color Finesse or Looks in After Effects, and rendering the final cut with the codec.

  • Just finished editing an hour long documentary in Premiere. I've been using FCP for 3 years. I also worked in Avid Newscutted this fall for a major broadcaster. I can confidently say that for me there is no better software for NLE than Premiere. It totally, undoubtedly rocks.

  • I guess I don't understand this, I mean you can set a transition and use a keyboard shortcut, or save it as a preset. I use both cross dissolve and dip to black, and a variety of custom presets. But maybe I'm missing something. I would rate it as "easy as pie".

  • I've never had a problem with this. I use "Cross Dissolve" rather than "Dip to Black." That works really well as a fade-out and as a crossfade. Really simple, too.

    If I need really fine-tuning on a fade, I use the Opacity setting with time points on the clip's timeline. That works, too.

  • @LPowell I believe he only means to say that when applying the dip to black effect, make sure to drop it on only a single clip, if a fade in or out is desired. Otherwise, the clips will "dip down and back up."

  • "Dip to Black"?!!! WTF kind of backward terminology is that? Have these experts never heard the industry term "fade-in"?

    And yes, my rant does show how aggravating I find Adobe's obsessively cluttered and indecipherable interface. The entire thing should be dumped inside a PDF so you can magnify it to where it's a least legible.

    @Jspatz - "...just drag dip to black on a clip end that is not touching another clip segment, otherwise it will dip down and back up."

    This is exactly the kind of neurotic fussiness I'm ranting about. It sounds like an OCD nightmare and I have no idea what you're even referring to.

  • Exactly. It only takes seconds to do this:

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  • As Jspatz explaine, Ctrl click the opacity line to add a keyframe on the clip. Ctrl click the keyframe again to add bezier curves so you can control the ease in or out. The same can be done with the audio levels. I don't see the difficulty here.

    As I can recall, you can do something similar in FCP.

  • I just went in to put myself through the process. I you don't need control, just drag dip to black on a clip end that is not touching another clip segment, otherwise it will dip down and back up. You can stretch the effect to control speed. Otherwise, control click on the center line of the clip to add keyframes and drag for position and intensity. Right mouse on the node to change the dynamics. For further control you need to go to the effects control window.

  • I do this all day and have never had the slightest problem. I have similar problems with software I am not completely familiar with.

  • Disclaimer I'm no expert either.

  • Not entirely sure what you're doing, or not seeing. I personally find it very easy.

    There's multiple ways to do what you're trying to do, either on the timeline or in the effects panel. If you're doing it on the timeline, then it's better to be zoomed in some, and I find it helps to have the main video track height adjusted to be tall.

    However, if you just want to do it the noddy way, add the "Dip to Black" dissolve at the beginning of your clip. Simples.

    All editing software works in different ways and calls functions, features, etc something a little different. I like your work Lee, but your rant only proves one thing, and it's not that PP CS5 is a bad tool.

  • I don't even bother trying to adjust it in PP, as when I load the project into AE to grade it, it will handily destroy all the fades anyway!

  • This is the only reason I have kept with FCPX... the grass is never really greener on the other side. Premier gives me a headache every time I boot it up. :-( (Pity as I just love PS!)