Figure 7.26 The Inspector settings for a cross-dissolve.
Another regularly used transition is a fade. To examine some of the parameters available when adding fade-ins
and fade-outs to your scenes, open the Bump in the Night sequence, select the first clip's In point (Cutaway
Slate 65 Take 1), and add the Fade to Color transition from the Transition Browser (you can find it in the Dis-
solve category). Select the transition in the Timeline and open the Inspector to view its parameters (see Figure
7.27). Here you can change the Midpoint, Hold, and Color of the fade. The Midpoint parameter controls where
the fade occurs during the transition. A smaller value causes the fade to occur earlier and a larger value moves
the fade later. The Hold parameter controls how long the transition stays on the color before fading up to the im-
age. The most common fade is a fade to black (and sometimes white) but you can choose a different color by
clicking on the Color parameter. This brings up the standard Apple color selector where you can choose any
color that you require.
Some transition types allow you to control their parameters via on-screen controls in the Viewer. The Black
Hole transition swallows the outgoing clip into the center of the screen as the incoming clip is revealed behind
it. If you select this transition in the Timeline, a circular icon displays in the center of the Viewer allowing you
to reposition where the effect occurs on-screen (see Figure 7.28). You can easily position the icon so that the
outgoing clip disappears into a specific spot on the incoming clip, such as an open box or inside a character's
open mouth for instance. Each transition has its own unique parameters, so it's worth experimenting with them
after applying a transition to your clips.