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Transitional Animation An introduction to the world of transitional animation By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia

Final Cut Pro X provides a number of interesting ways to animate video elements in the Viewer and Timeline to provide complex visual effects. But do you know how to create quick and simple animations just by using transitions?

The beauty of this technique is its simplicity. No complex motion paths to adjust, no messing about with untold keyframes, just add a transition and set the timing and you're off to the next project.

This tutorial will introduce you to the world of transitional animation.

Setting the Stage

As with any special effects, you have to perform a little mise en place (a little French for put in place, or advanced preparation) to collect, create, and organize the elements needed for the animation. This simple example needs only a background video clip, a Generator, and a Title.