1. Edit two clips into V1, making sure they have plenty of handle. Apply Video Transitions> Wipe > Edge Wipe between the segments, and set its transition alignment to Start On Edit.
2. Edit the graphic onto the V2 track above the Edge Wipe for however long you want your custom transition to last.
3. Set the Edge Wipe's Angle to be parallel to the edges of the
graphic where the wipe will appear. Make sure the A and B sides
of the wipe are on the correct sides of the screen. (Hint:
Temporarily reduce the graphic's opacity to see the graphic and edge
wipe at the same time.)
In the example below, the Angle is set to 227.
4. Animate the graphic across the screen.
Enlarge it if necessary.
In the example shown on the right, the graphic's Scale is set to 107, and its Center is animating from (1000, 0) to (-1000, 0).
5. To sync the Edge Wipe with the motion of the graphic, you can
use your playhead as a guide. Double-click the Edge Wipe in the
timeline to load its parameters into the Viewer.
6. Park the playhead on the frame when the graphic's edge enters the corner of the screen. In the example below, the plane's left wingtip is at the upper-right corner.
7. In the Viewer, drag the middle of the transition so that it
begins where your playhead is parked. This will make the wipe
start at this frame.
8. Park the playhead on the frame when the graphic's edge exits
the opposite corner of the screen. In the example below, the
plane's right wingtip is at the lower-left corner.
9. In the Viewer, adjust the duration of the transition by
dragging its right side so that it ends where your playhead is
parked. This will make the wipe finish at this frame. If
you can't see the playhead or the right side of the transition, close
the Viewer, and double-click the Edge Wipe in the timeline again.
10. Finally, to emphasize the graphic, enable its Drop Shadow, and adjust it however you wish.
Christopher Phrommayon is an Avid- and Apple-certified
instructor whose independent audio and video productions have been seen
internationally. Chris has contributed to publications such as
"Final Cut Pro on the Spot" and "Videography" Magazine, and is
co-author of "Avid Xpress Pro and DV on the Spot."
speaking engagements include the Avid Government Training Symposium,
the DigitalMediaDC Conference, Final Cut Pro to the Max tour, and NAB
Post-Production World Conference.
Chris teaches Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio
Pro, Shake, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, and
Boris Red for Future Media Concepts in Boston.
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