Day 26 #28daysofquicktips – Make an Audio-only Dissolve in Final Cut Pro X

Download Alex4D’s Sound only dissolve and be a happier FCPX user

For some reason, unbeknownst to us mortal editors, Final Cut Pro X doesn’t allow you do make an audio dissolve right out of the Transitions browser. Editors know how essential a 4, 5, 6 frame dissolve can be to smooth out a frankenbite or just how handy that can be when mixing audio in general. But such an audio-only dissolve is possible with this free plug-in from Alex4D (aka Alex Gollner). This might be the most useful thing you’ll download for FCPX this week.

Alex dropped a Quicktip upon us earlier in the #28daysofquicktips but the use of his audio-only dissolve has been so helpful to me on a recent edit I wanted to make it a Quicktip of its own. We all know it is possible to cross fade audio in FCPX you just have to do it with fade handles by building the overlap yourself. It’s way more time consuming than it needs to be and will undoubtedly get fixed in some future FCPX update but until then download Alex’s Sound only transition and install the thing. You’ll wish you’d had it from FCPX day one.

This cut needs a bit of smoothing in the audio.

Drag the Sound Only transition onto the cut and when you expand the audio you can see how the transition overlaps the audio.

Hit the Inspector for options to tweak the Sound Only transition.

Don’t be alarmed that you see transition icon as there is no actual video dissolve happening. It just has to be that way I supposed to get the audio-only transition to work. Note that if you move an edit to a system that doesn’t have this Motion Template installed you’ll see a red item missing icon until it is installed. Thanks to Alex for making this thing.


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Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn’t really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing film school. In 1999, Scott took the leap into freelancing and in 2007 accepted a position as an editor at Filmworkers – Nashville. In 2005 Scott created The Editblog a website dedicated to all things editing and post-production which is now housed here at PVC. Someday he hopes to edit on a beach with a touch screen device, a wireless hard drive and a Red Stripe.

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