There is no standard time recommended for each transition length. The length of the transitions should be set to emphasize the action and emotional content of the narrative as one moves thru the story. Use transitions creatively as a tool that helps to express the mood and action underway. For example, long transitions may be useful to help express sadness and slowing of the story’s action sequence. Short transitions may be useful to express sudden changes or surprise in the action sequence as when lightning illuminates the sky and the Lord speaks to his people.
If the volume needs to be changed across the entire story, change the volume levels for tracks using the vol: sliders on the left side of each track. If only a section of a track needs to have a volume change, find the Envelope Edit tool on the Title bar and click on it to activate it if it is grayed out. This will allow you to enter envelope markers in the track section in which you wish to change the volume. See the Help file for details on creating envelopes. If an envelope is already present where a change is needed, use the left mouse cursor to grab hold of the markers needed to change volume and test the change made.
Yes. Click on the first image, hold down the Shift key, and click on the last image to select the entire image set. Right click the mouse and select Switches, turn on Maintain Aspect Ratio, left click outside the image set, turning off the Select of the image set. Re-select the image set using the steps above, and uncheck the Maintain Aspect ratio box. This will clear all black framing on images in the set.
Click on the Event Pan/Crop icon on the image. On the pop-up screen, select the Source settings, select Maintain Aspect Ratio and Stretch to Fill Frame should be set to Yes. Click on the selection for Maintain Aspect Ratio and select No. The Video Preview screen should show the black borders are now removed. Close the pop-up screen.
Sometimes a selected tool is present for viewing but hidden behind another. We have seen this, especially with the Mixer tool hidden behind the Video Preview tool.
Create a solid black or grey image file. Use this file to close the story’s image set and set a transition into this last file. This will permit fading out of the story that will cue the viewer to the story’s ending.
The pair of start and end markers created by the recordist may not be located for an image in the transitions between the last image and the image in question and/or the image in question and the next image. This will produce no movement in the viewed image either at the start of the view or at the end of the view or at both ends of the view. The second reason for a jerky image is the presence of a double marker, one on top of the other or quite near to another when both are not located in the area of the transition . Click on the ‘Event Pan/Crop’ icon on the image and check for a marker superimposed upon another. If present, delete one and move the remaining marker into the transition area. Now review the panning for acceptable smoothness.