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Blend, merge or what?

PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2021 10:01 pm
by Overlander
I am shooting a documentary where I want the scene or background to remain static or the same, but where the "historic" characters fade out while the narrator/modern character fades into the scene. However, I am not sure what to call this transition so cannot find how to do it. I used Final Cut Pro and think I might be able to do it in Blend mode using two shots where the background is exactly the same. Can anyone help? Am I on the right track. Can anyone give me a nudge in the right direction?

Re: Blend, merge or what?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 6:49 am
by Uli Plank
Put them on two tracks in exactly the same position and use opacity keyframes.

Re: Blend, merge or what?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 5:14 pm
by Overlander
Thanks Uli;
So, to be clear, is that in Blend mode in FCPX? Should I shoot this as one take, or two, or both. As long as I shoot it correctly I am good for now as I can learn the editing later. Do you know what this is called? One of the issues I have with finding information is the simple fact of finding out what the correct term is. Thanks again.

Re: Blend, merge or what?

PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2021 6:48 am
by Uli Plank
Blending in and blending out would be terms that fit. Whenever you mix two images, in your case over a period of time, it's blending.
It would be easier to advise if you could post a short example of what you want to achieve.

Re: Blend, merge or what?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:20 pm
by Overlander
Thx Uli - missed your second post as I seem to be missing notifications.

So: I want to have a scene, in this case at a campfire, with 1860s characters. I want the modern narrator to walk into frame as the 1860s characters fade out, or disappear leaving only the narrator. There would be no camera movement.

Similarly I want to have my historic characters fade into a modern setting. The background will be static but the characters walking into the frame.
Make sense?

I cannot copy the example I have in mind, unfortunately.

Thanks again.