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crossfading tracks

Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2008, 3:04am

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nw316

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I am experiencing a crossfade between my tracks without applying any key or transparency filters to the top track. Why is that? Also, when I apply a mask to the top track, the lower track is not shown through... just black.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2008, 3:07am

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Axeman

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You mention a key, but you have posted in the EffectsLab forum. Since I see you own both products, I ask just to make sure, Are you using EffectsLab or CompositeLab?

Are the two tracks both footage, or are either of them an Effects Engine? What filters do you have applied to each track? Most likely it is something in the settings somewhere that you have overlooked.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2008, 3:10am

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nw316

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Thanks, I am in Effects Lab Pro, and have no engines or effects applied. I thought it might be something to do with the settings, but can't find anywhere to adjust them.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2008, 3:13am

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And its an actual crossfade, where one track fades out until only the other remains, or is it just that the top track is semi-transparent?
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2008, 3:13am

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nw316

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The top track looks to be 50% transparent.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2008, 3:22am

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Axeman

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Ah, well that's normal. EffectsLab isn't intended to edit multiple tracks together really. Its media capabilities are optimised for use with effects footage such as explosions, so it defaults to an Add composite mode, which is proper for compositing explosions, flames, and the like.

The workaround is to edit the pieces of footage you want to use together in your editor, so you can import them as one clip into EfectsLab, then cut them apart to place on the timeline. EffectsLab is not designed to be used for Compositing though, so the tools available for it are pretty limited.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2008, 4:32am

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nw316

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I am confused as to why the mask option is in Effects Lab then, if the top tracks aren't able to block out the lower ones completely. Oh well... tard
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2008, 6:45am

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A mask blocks out the layer it is applied to, not any other layers.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2008, 8:44am

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Simon K Jones

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Also, nw316....you have CompositeLab. You should use that for more complex compositing.