Add transitions to your project

There are several methods you can use to add transitions to your project. Once a transition is added, you can adjust its parameters. You can also modify the transition effect in Motion.

Add a cross dissolve

  1. Choose the Select tool from the Tools pop-up menu in the toolbar (shown below), and click the edge of a clip (an edit point) in the Timeline.

    Select tool in Tools pop-up menu

    One or both clip edges are highlighted.

    Edit point selected in Timeline

    Note: If you select a whole clip in the Timeline instead of just an edit point, transitions are added at each end of the selected clip.

  2. Choose Edit > Add Cross Dissolve (or press Command-T).

The cross dissolve is inserted using the “Apply transitions using” setting. For more information, see Set transition defaults. If the video clip has attached audio, a crossfade transition is applied to the audio.

Transition added in Timeline

Add or change a transition using the Transitions Browser

  1. Click the Transitions button in the toolbar.

    Transitions button in toolbar
  2. Select a transition.

    Move the pointer over the transition thumbnails to see an example of what the transition looks like. Additionally, you can type text in the search field to filter the list of transitions that appear.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To apply the transition to an edit point: Drag the transition to it.

    • To replace an existing transition in your project: Drag the transition to it.

    Tip: Alternatively, you can select the edit point first, and double-click a transition in the Transitions Browser to apply it.

The transition is added to the edit using the “Apply transitions using” setting. For more information, see Set transition defaults. If the video clip has attached audio, a crossfade transition is applied to the audio.

Add an automatic audio crossfade

When a video clip has attached audio, the audio automatically has a crossfade transition applied when a video transition is applied. If the audio is detached or expanded from the video, the audio is not affected by the video transition. Follow these steps to add an audio crossfade between detached audio clips that are in a connected storyline.

  1. Create an audio-only storyline that is connected to the primary storyline.

    For information on creating storylines, see Add storylines.

  2. Using the Select tool, click the edge of a clip (an edit point) in the storyline.

    One or both clip edges are highlighted.

    Audio edit point selected in connected storyline

    Note: If you select a whole clip in the storyline instead of just an edit point, transitions are added at each end of the selected clip.

  3. To insert a crossfade, choose Edit > Add Cross Dissolve (or press Command-T).

The crossfade is inserted using the “Apply transitions using” setting. For more information, see Set transition defaults. You can configure the fade-in and fade-out settings in the Transition inspector.

Copy a transition to other edit points using the Edit menu

  1. Select a transition in the Timeline, and choose Edit > Copy (or press Command-C).

  2. Using the Select tool, click the edge of a clip (an edit point) in the Timeline, and choose Edit > Paste (or press Command-V).

    Note: If you copy a transition to an edit point that already has a transition, the existing transition is overwritten.

Copy a transition to other edit points by dragging

  • Select a transition in the Timeline, press the Option key, and drag the transition to another edit point.

    Note: If you copy a transition to an edit point that already has a transition, the existing transition is overwritten.