Weired Fade in/out - no obvious reason


#1

Hi there,

I am trying to simple give a fade in /out to “The End” of a family video. It shows perfectly normal when playing the timeline. I am laying an Text over a snippet of black video (mark the properties)

Timeline and Properties

When I export to MKV h.264 I get this:
Result

Why is that. Differing properties of timeline and clip? I was under the impression the all material will be rendered to fit the output. I tried the same with a color and overlaying text - but the it will not fade in /out even though the filters are active…


#2

Hi @mcconnor, that is WEIRD! Have you tried putting the text on a separate track? Open>other>text. Exported fine for me.
Like this:

Exported fine for me.


#3

Adding a “Text” media will work as expected. Thanks for that clue! I will do it like that.

It is a bit tedious to cut this kind of media exactly to the desired lenght. Is there some way to create a Color/text/bars… media of exact length immediately? I could not find that.

It remains the question why overlaying my black clip with text garbles the text/effect. To me that can only be a bug most likely because of some media incompatibility I am not aware of. I have been using this black clip since ages with all sorts of different NLEs as a placeholder and never have had any issue…


#4

Easy! Hover over either EDGE of the text clip (so turns either red or green), hold the left mouse button and drag.

Glad the suggestion helped.


#5

Thanks for the reply - but I did rather mean: can I specify the length of the media to be created immediately upon creation without the need to resize thereafter?


#6

When you create a new text/color/bar the length defaults to 4 sec, unless you change the default. To make the text exactly the length you want.

Create a text clip. Use the mouse scroll wheel (when you hover over the time spinner) or the arrow keys or pg up/down to move the play head forward or back. image

Once you get the desired length, press o to set the out point. Then you can add the clip to the play list for use later or drop it on the timeline and use it immediately.