Sony Vegas cross fade between two tracks

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by j, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. j

    j Guest

    I have Sony Vegas Platinum 11 HD.

    I haven't edited video in may years. What I used to be able to do,and
    what I want to do now is have several video tracks and be able to switch
    between them.

    When I Google up cross fading all I get is instructions on how to
    overlap two clips on one track. That seems crude and would mean I would
    have to chop up all my clips in the trimmer. If you had 3 cameras with 3
    different angles all recording everything, it would seem that you should
    lay these down,sync them, and fade from track to track. Maybe I am
    thinking wrong.

    Can I do this is Vegas? Do I need another program, if so what? Is
    everybody else right and I'm wrong?

    j, Aug 13, 2012
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  2. j

    j Guest

    OK. This should be doable with composite level envelopes. I see how to
    add them, but I haven't got the transition yet.

    j, Aug 13, 2012
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  3. j

    j Guest

    All I've found so far...

    Can't get it to work yet.

    j, Aug 13, 2012
  4. Nope - this is correct...;-)
    That works fine here.


    Right click in track header on left and select "Insert/Remove
    Envelope", "Composite Level", then add control points on the
    purple line and adjust levels. Works just like audio envelopes
    do. Remember that you must reduce the video track levels(s)
    above to see the lower track... Unfortunately, you cannot add
    transitions other than straight cuts and dissolves using this
    method, and must overlap cut clips to add other types of
    transitions over those resulting cross-dissolves.

    And, hey, I just learned something new with this!;-) Thanks!
    David Ruether, Aug 13, 2012
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    I just fade them manually. You can drag the fade point on each clip to where
    you want it and they'll snap into alignment. So if I want to crossfade from
    track 9 to track 10, I grab the upper corner of the event on track 9 and pull
    it left until the fade duration is what I want, then I grap the upper corner
    on the event on track 10 and slide that right until I get the same duration.
    Then (or prior to this) I line up the events so that the fades overlap, and
    it's done.

    I don't know if there's a way to automate this.
    Mxsmanic, Aug 13, 2012
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    mike Guest

    I use Vegas Pro which has a multi-cam feature but I'm not sure if your
    version does.
    If not, here's one approach to try.
    Place the footage from each camera on it's own track.
    Decide which track will be the "master" audio track and mute the other
    Add a new video track to the top layer.
    Use Track Motion to sq
    mike, Aug 13, 2012
  7. j

    mike Guest

    I use Vegas Pro which has a feature called Multi-Cam.
    If your version doesn't have this option, here's another approach to
    Place each camera on it's own track.
    Decide which camera audio track will be the primary audio and mute the
    other two.
    Add a new video and audio track at the very top.
    Use Track Motion to place each camera in it's own corner of the screen
    (i.e. upper left, upper right, lower left).
    Play the video and drop a marker (press the 'm' key) at the desired
    camera change points.
    Go back and split the entire timeline at each marker point and move
    the desired camera shot to the top track (use the numeric 8 key to do
    this - 2 will move it down).
    Watch the video to see if this is what you want.
    If it is, render as desired.
    If not, make any changes and repeat as desired.

    mike, Aug 13, 2012
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    Brian Guest

    Try searching on YouTube as I seem to remember a demo on YouTube of someone
    putting videos in different tracks and fading between them. From memory he
    used the video opacity value. if you have 0% opacity then the video at a
    lower video track will be visible. At 100% opacity the video that is on
    the top of the video tracks will be visible.

    So if you have three video tracks named A, B, C and the top track is A and
    the bottom track is C (with track B in the middle) then if you change the
    opacity of tracks A and B to 0% then you will see track C in the monitor.
    You can chage the opacity of tracks anywhere along the track by using a
    video envelope.
    Brian, Aug 15, 2012
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