Adding and removing multiple transitions Final Cut Pro X

While editing, we have found the need to add or remove multiple transitions to a large number of cuts.  The process is easy, once you know how to do it in Final Cut Pro X (fcpx).

This technique allows you to add a transition to every cut in your timeline.  Say you want to add a crossfade to every cut, you can do

Select all clips
Select all clips

it.  Select every clip in the timeline you want to add a transition between.  Then in the transition window, double click the transition you want to apply.  That will add a transition to every cut you made in the selected clips.

Double click transition to add transitions to every cut
Double click transition to add transitions to every cut
Transitions added to every cut
Transitions added to every cut

That’s handy!  But, what happens if you want to remove the same transition from a selected sequence of clips in FPCX?

Open the clips window in a project.  Either do this by clicking the Time Line Index (Shift-Control-2) or selecting Edit-Find.  Then,

Show or hide timeline index
Show or hide timeline index

either manually select the transitions you want to delete or use the find (magnifying glass) for the transitions you want to delete.  Select those transitions (use Control-A or mouse select) then select delete.

All transitions to delete
All transitions to delete

All the transitions will disappear.

This ability was around in Final Cut Pro 6 and Final Cut Pro 7.  Now it’s available in Final Cut Pro X (FCPX).

As we discover handy tips and tricks, we’ll post these here in our blog to share with other videographers.