A clip can still be trimmed even after a transition has been applied to its edit point. The light gray bar across the
top of a transition includes ripple and roll icons that allow you to trim the clips beneath the transition. If you
hover the cursor over the two vertical dashes on either side of the transition, the familiar ripple symbol displays.
Clicking down on this icon allows you to Ripple edit the clips below by dragging the edit point in the usual
way. Hovering the cursor over the middle icon reveals the roll symbol, and clicking down on this icon allows
you to perform a roll edit in the same way (see Figure 7.24). The Precision Editor also can be used to trim the
clips beneath a transition. To access the Precision Editor, Control-click on the transition and choose Show Preci-
sion Editor from the shortcut menu.
Figure 7.24 A Roll edit beneath a transition.
Selecting transitions in the Transition Browser
The occasional cross-dissolve should be all that you need for most projects, and you can get by with simple cuts
for a large part of your edited sequence. However, sometimes you may want to call on a less conventional trans-
ition, and Final Cut Pro provides you with many different options. To see what other transition effects are avail-
able, click the Transition Browser button in the Media Browser area of the Toolbar (see Figure 7.25) or choose
Window ⇒ Media Browser ⇒ Transitions. A new window opens with a wide selection of transition effects presen-
ted as thumbnails. To search for a particular transition, use the Search field at the bottom of the window or click
the button to the left of this field to open the Transition Library. Here you'll find the transitions listed and ar-
ranged in categories such as: Blurs, Wipes, Stylized, and so on. Selecting a category from the list displays that
group of transitions on the right-hand side.