In the Blackbird timeline, adding and adjusting fade effects, such as video fades, dip to colors, and audio fades, is simple and efficient. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Adding a Video Fade

    • Jump to a transition point in the timeline, usually at the head or tail of the sequence, by hovering over the vertical transition line and clicking on the transition point or using a keyboard shortcut to navigate to the point.

    • Hover over the top point of the transition point, and your cursor will turn into crosshairs. Left-click and drag to add a fade effect. This technique works for both video and audio.
    • Alternatively, you can use a keyboard shortcut to add the same fade effect.

  2. Trimming the Fade Length

    • To adjust the length of the fade effect, hover over the fade point, and when the cross-hairs appear, drag the point of the effect. The fade trim length will be represented in frames.

  3. Fade to Color

    • If you wish to create a fade to color effect, right-click and drag the fade. A color picker will open up, allowing you to choose the color of your fade.

  4. Creating Consistent Fades

    • Fades can be programmed into your Blackbird account for a consistent look, such as burst to white for sports highlights.

  5. Transparency Fades on Upper Layers

    • Fades applied to layers 2 and above over other media will be applied as transparency fades, which is most useful for bipack layer effects and alpha channel fades.

  6. Removing a Fade

    • To remove a fade, hover your cursor until you see the cross-hairs, and then trim the fade away.

By using these methods, you can easily add, adjust, and remove fade effects to create smooth transitions and enhance the visual and auditory flow of your video sequence.