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The Dissolve

In a dissolve, the picture information in one shot is faded out as the next shot is faded in.

  • In Construction Window import following 2 clips (both these clips are used on page 3, so no need to digitize them again).

 Tape no.

4

 4

In

04:21:37

04:23:08

Out

04:21:41

04:23:10

Notes

Med. Shot, scientist pulling balloon from truck, starting to inflate it

Close up- valve being turned (watch out for hissing sound keep it moderate)

Insert dissolve icon between the shots. Show the construction window on the web page.

3. Show on web page a screen capture of three a/b dissolve windows resulting from clicking on dissolve icon positioned in the construction window. In first, image from A is up. In second, A and B are mixed. In third, B is up full. (See page 135 of premiere manual for v. 4.0 "changing transition settings")

 Like a simple or "straight" cut, a very short dissolve implies to the viewer that the action is taking place in the same space and time as that in the preceding shot. Often the effect is intended to smooth the action across the two shots. For this reason, the dissolve is sometimes called a "soft cut."

4. Compile the movie with first with a cut between the shots, then a 5-10 sec. dissolve.

 5. Insert images of first frames of each movie labeled as "straight cut" and "soft cut" and link to their corresponding movies.

This can be helpful if you can't maintain precise continuity with cuts only, as for example between the shots bridged by the first dissolve. This dissolve smoothes over what might otherwise be a jarring "jump cut."

 6. Insert above construction window again, but this time, along the timeline, add following 4 clips to the 2 above

Tape no.

4

2

2

2

In

04:24:49

02:08:47

02:16:47

02:22:35

Out

04:24:55

02:08:53

02:16:54

02:22:38

Notes

Pan from van to scientist with balloon; he walks with it and exits left frame. (shot 1)

Inside the radar dome (has loud ambience) (shot 2)

Pull back to 2 technicians monitoring radar (shot 3)

Screen shot radar image (shot 4)

Implement dissolve durations as follows:

Shot 1->2: 30 frames

Shot 2->3: 5 frames (sort of another soft cut)

 Shot 3->4: straight cut

Compile the movie with all 6 clips and embed in page, w/ link to image of first frame.

Lengthening a dissolve, however, may imply the passage of time or movement to a different place, whether in the next room or across continents. In the above example the second, longer dissolve denotes a change in time and space; from launching the weather balloon outdoors to inside weather radar dome. A third brief dissolve, a further "soft cut," bridges from this shot to another interior shot, a "pull-back" from a TV view of the radar dome to 2 technicians viewing the resulting picture. Note that only a "soft cut"is needed here, as the action in the TV monitor matches that in the radar dome; the continuity of events in each location has been maintained even though separated in time and space. No dissolve is needed between the wide shot of the technicians and the screen shot. The action matches with respect to time and location.

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