Premiere Pro CS6 Tutorial - Setting A Default Transition

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Introduction

Now that you've learned how to work with transitions in Adobe Premiere Pro, you're ready to learn to set a default transition. Every time you start editing with Premiere Pro CS6, the program has a set default transition. The factory settings for the program use Cross Dissolve as the default transition, which is the most common transition used in video editing. What separates the default transition from other transitions is that you can access it through a right-click shortcut in the timeline. In addition, you can set the duration of the default transition to ensure continuity in your video.

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Setting the Default Transition

The current Default Transition will be highlighted in the menu of the Effects tab. As shown above, this is indicated by a yellow box to the left of the transition. Before you change the default transition, think about which transition you're going to be using the most in your video project. Most often, this is cross dissolve, but sometimes you can change the default transition when you're working on a special video sequence that uses a different type.

For example, if you're working on a still image montage and want to use a Wipe between each of the images, you could set Wipe as the Default Transition for more efficient editing. If you change the Default Transition in the middle of your video project, it will not effect the existing transitions in your sequence. It will, however, become the Default Transition for every project in Premiere Pro.

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Setting the Default Transition

To set the Default Transition, right click on it in the Effects tab of the Project panel. Then choose Set Selected as Default Transition. The yellow box should now appear around the transition you chose.

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Setting the Default Transition

You can also access this function through the drop down menu in the top-right corner of the Project panel, as shown above.

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Changing the Default Transition Duration

You can also change the duration of the Default Transition through the drop down menu in the Project panel. To do this, choose Set Default Transition Duration, and the Preferences window will appear. Then, change the values at the top of the Preferences window to your desired duration, and click OK.

The default duration is one second, or whatever the equivalent frame amount to your editing timebase. For example, if your editing timebase is 24 frames per second, the default duration will be set to 24 frames. This is an appropriate amount for editing video clips, but if you need to make small adjustments to your audio or add crossfades to mask cuts, you'll want to make this duration shorter. For example, if you're editing an interview to remove excess dialogue, you'll want to give the illusion that there was no cut between your character's phrases. Set the Audio Transition Default Duration to ten frames or less to do this.

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Apply the Default Transition to a Sequence

There are three different ways to apply the Default Transition to your sequence: through the Sequence panel, the Main Menu bar, and by dragging and dropping. First, align the playhead with where you want to apply the transition. Then, right click between the clips, and select Apply Default Transitions. If you are editing with linked audio and video, the Default Transition will be applied to both.

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Apply the Default Transition to a Sequence

To apply the Default Transition using the Main Menu bar, select the end location for the transition in the Sequence panel. Then go to Sequence > Apply Video Transition or Sequence > Apply Audio Transition.

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Apply the Default Transition to a Sequence

You can also use the drag and drop method to apply a Default Transition. As mentioned in the Using Video Transitions tutorial, click on the transition in the Effects tab of the Project panel and drag it to your desired location in the sequence. Which method you choose depends on what you're most comfortable with. That said, right-clicking on the video clips in your sequence is a good habit to adopt for adding Default Transitions as it will make you a more efficient editor.