This flexible transition can be used to momentarily produce a variety of effects by fading the outgoing clip while showing a background, and fading the incoming clip.
You can control the timing for the point at which the outgoing clip has faded out, the timing for the incoming clip, whether the background is a solid colour, a third clip of your choice or simply the storyline below.
The default settings produce the same effect as Final Cut Pro’s Dip to Color Dissolve:
To produce smoother effects, the default shape of the Fade In and Fade Out are S-curves.
You can change these settings so the outgoing clip fades to a solid colour over the first 60% of the length of the transition, but there is a pause while displaying the background before the incoming clip fades in more quickly (during the last 10% of the duration of the transition):
The settings can also produce a flash frame effect by not fading the outgoing clip at all and starting to fade in the incoming clip immediately:
A third clip
You can specify a third clip to appear between the outgoing and incoming clip.
Stills work best because long video clips will be sped up to fill the length of the transition. If you don’t want that, edit the clip you want to use to the timeline, trim the start and finish to match the length of the transition. Click the Clip well in the transition and then click the trimmed clip on the timeline to choose it for this transition.
You can also choose to make the background of the transition transparent. If the transition is applied to a secondary storyline, the primary storyline will be momentarily visible.
If those settings were applied to a timeline that looked like this
The 06-25-5 clip will be fully visible in the middle of the transition between the clips in the secondary storyline.
Here are those transitions demonstrated:
Download the effect archive, expand it and add the Alex4D Dip to Background folder to the Motion Templates folder in the Movies folder in your Home folder.
If you don’t have Motion installed, you won’t have a Motion Templates folder in your Movies folder. Download this set of empty folders and add them to the Movies folder of your home directory.
Although the folder is called Motion Templates, you don’t need to have Motion installed on your computer for this effect to work.
If you find this free plugin useful, you might like my Alex4D Animation Transitions plugin pack:
There are many more free plugins on my Final Cut Pro X page