Inserting automatic transitions of a preset length.

VT_91 wrote on 12/9/2021, 11:36 PM

I am new to the software.
I would like to insert an automatic standardized transition between bits of video.

In the past I used PowerDirector and it had a button to automatically insert transition.
It looked like this:

Is there a similar feature in Vegas?
I don't see that the automatic transition in Vegas works.
I have to manually slide every piece on top of the previous piece to get them to crossfade.
I watched many tutorials on the subject of transitions before asking about this in a forum.

Thank you.


john_dennis wrote on 12/10/2021, 12:12 AM


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VT_91 wrote on 12/10/2021, 12:47 AM

I have tinkered with automatic overlap.
However I don't see any signs of this overlap in my timeline or in the video.

jetdv wrote on 12/10/2021, 9:16 AM

@VT_91, the "automatic overlap" only applies when adding several new pieces of media to the timeline. It won't affect things already on the timeline. If you put the cursor on a cut and press / on the numeric keypad, it will convert that cut to a transition. It will extend the front of the second clip and the end of the first clip to create the transition. Do you want them extended? If not, then the second one needs to be moved left to create the overlap.

Now, is there a "single button press" to do this? Not built in. But scripts can be written that will do this for you. For example, if you want to move the clips closer together creating the overlaps, the gap/overlap tool in Excalibur will do this for you.

Excalibur does not currently have an option to simulate the / key but that function can definitely be scripted (assuming the events on the timeline do have the proper head/tail).

VT_91 wrote on 12/10/2021, 9:35 AM

I am surprised that this very common function is not automated in Vegas.
What scripting language does Vegas use?

Can I find examples of the code that was written in this scripting language and documentation?

I found this post.
What functions is it referring to?

I see that people talk about "scripts" yet I cannot find any example code that would do this,
despite the possibly high demand for this time-saving feature.

What is shown here in the video doesn't seem to work:

Thank you.

bvideo wrote on 12/10/2021, 10:00 AM

You can start here:

It's another branch of this forum.

VT_91 wrote on 12/10/2021, 10:42 AM

You can start here:

It's another branch of this forum.

Thank you.

I started reading it and came across this:

Is the author of this post also looking for a way to accomplish automatic crossfades?

vkmast wrote on 12/10/2021, 11:03 AM

@VT_91 (Thread started by @jetdv )

jetdv wrote on 12/10/2021, 1:28 PM

Actually, Excalibur will to the extend option as well using the Overlap Previous Event tool. You can extend A over B, Extend B over A, or move B over A using this tool

There's a ton of information on my site about writing scripts. If you just want to do the overlaps by moving everything left, there's enough information now on my website to do that. However, if you want to extend the events, that would take a little more information than is currently on the site.

Most scripts in VEGAS today are in C#.