Final Cut Pro X Quick Tip – Audio Fade Handle Effect Preset

Ever wanted to quickly add audio crossfades to clips in Final Cut Pro X? It’s a little thing which still needs some tweaking, however, I came across a cool little trick by accident which allows you to add a quick crossfade to audio clips, and once it’s set up, you can use it on any project, whenever! Let me show you how… 

With the release of Final Cut Pro 10.2, we were given the ability to save effects presets into the effects browser in Final Cut Pro X. With this we’ll create our audio transition.

Set up an audio clip with the particular crossfade you want, using the fade handles on the clip, for this example I set up one for 2 seconds for the start and end of the clip. Make sure the audio level is set to 0db, as this will come into effect (excuse the pun) later.

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Now, in the Inspector, go to “Audio” and at the bottom select “Save Effects Preset”. Save your preset in a place you’ll remember and make sure “Maintain Timing” is selected on the Keyframe properties.

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Now, that effect preset has been saved. Whenever you bring that onto a clip it will inherit the fade handles, giving you a quick audio crossfade!

Awesome huh?

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Some drawbacks however, this will remove any keyframes on the audio clip and will reset your audio back to 0db, since it’s saved from the clip you set the initial effect on. Best thing to do is to apply the effect to the clip and adjust volume and keyframes after.

Hope you find this useful! I know I’ll be using this frequently in my workflow!

Thanks,

Sam

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