Adding Transitions between Clips
Auto Movie Creator provides over 150 transitions sorted under 24 categories. A transition can be added to the transition cell between any two cells in which clips or images have been placed.
Auto Movie Creator provides two types of transitions:
- Transitions that change over time.
- Transitions that remain the same over time.
When transitions are added, the duration of the Storyboard decreases by total duration of the transitions applied. This is because the two clips that are being transitioned now overlap. If you add four transitions, each 2 seconds long, the duration of your Storyboard is reduced by 8 seconds.
Empty transition cells appear grey. When you add a transition to the cell, the transition's icon appears in the cell. Only one transition can be applied at a time to each transition cell. If you add a transition to a cell that already contains a transition, the existing one is replaced by the new one.
To add a transition between clips:
- Click the Transitions button on the toolbar. The Transitions Collection will open.
- You may preview a transition by clicking on it, or right-clicking and selecting Preview. The Ctrl + P shortcut keys can also be used to see the preview.
- Drag the transition you want and drop it on a transition cell between two clips in the Storyboard.
A transition can also be added by selecting a transition cell, right-clicking on the transition and selecting Add to Storyboard or by using the Ctrl + T shortcut keys. A transition is added for the default duration which you can set from Tools menu > Options. After a Transition has been added, its duration can be changed using Edit > Transition Duration. When you change the transition duration so that it is equal to or more than the duration of any of the clips it is applied to, the transition duration is automatically reduced to a few milliseconds less than the clip duration.
If a clip already has a transition attached, either before or after, you cannot add a second transition on the other side, such that the total durations of the transitions overlap. For instance, if you have a 5-second clip, and before it a 4-second transition, you cannot add a 2-second transition after the clip, because that would require a total of 6 seconds of transitioning.
Transitions are added with default settings. These settings can be changed by double-clicking on the transition cell or by right-clicking it and selecting Transition Settings. The right-click menu also provides options like Cut, Copy, Paste, Remove and Play Storyboard. The 'Play Storyboard' option plays the Storyboard from where the transition begins so that you can view how the clips look with the transition applied between them. Whenever you click on a transition in the Storyboard, the seek slider positions itself at the exact moment when the transition begins. You can click on the play button of the Preview to view the Storyboard with the transition applied to it.