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  • CS5.5 Clips Not Fading to/from Smoothly

  • Peter Corbett

    June 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I’m seeing not very complete fades to and from black on CS5.5; say when a title is over-layed. At the first first frame (or last) of the dissolve, the image abruptly cuts out. There is not a smooth transition to zero or 100% opacity. Has anyone else seen this. I have AJA and Blackmagic systems and it’s evident on both.

    Peter Corbett
    Powerhouse Productions

  • Kevin Monahan

    June 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Have not seen your problem. Have you tried the film dissolve? Maybe you’ll get a smoother transition with that.

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  • Pentti Kakkori

    June 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Do you have Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration on?
    Toggle Mercury Playback Engine Software Only before rendering, it should help.

  • Peter Corbett

    June 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks Kevin, as I advance frame by frame on a dissolve between black and a clip (or in reverse) the image abruptly cuts out near the end of the faded instead of continuing to fade away to zero opacity. It’s like it needs another frame or two of image at a lower opacity before it fases completely.

    I’m using the standard dissolve drag-and-drop transition or the opacity handles. I get the same result either way. What is the “film dissolve”?

    Peter Corbett
    Powerhouse Productions

  • Peter Corbett

    June 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    [Pentti Kakkori] “Do you have Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration on?
    Toggle Mercury Playback Engine Software Only before rendering, it should help.”

    Thanks Pentti, I do have GPU assista on for my FX4800 card. I’ll try that.

    Peter Corbett
    Powerhouse Productions

  • Todd Kopriva

    June 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    > What is the “film dissolve”?

    The Film Dissolve transition is new in Premiere Pro CS5.5. It’s a dissolve transition that blends in a linear color space (gamma = 1.0). In simple terms, that means that it blends in a more realistic way; basically, dissolves look the way that they should.

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  • john eddy

    October 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I had this same problem. I turned off the GPU assist. It did fix the problem. Is there a down side? Will performance be compromised?

  • Adam Spencer

    April 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I also have this problem. It’s been happening ever since either CS5.5 or using hardware acceleration (I upgraded both around the same time).

    Cross Dissolve is not as smooth as it used to be, and Film Dissolve doesn’t make much of a difference. As a previous post mentioned, It’s like there’s a couple frames missing and the clip won’t fade to 0% opacity. The image disappears before it’s fully faded.

    For some clips, I have manually had to fade the clip’s opacity in order to generate a smooth fade.

  • Richard Angle

    June 11, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Bumping this thread. It is Summer of 2013 and cs6 and I am pulling my hair out with this exact issue.

    I had a sequence that was fine a week ago for the export of the approval file. The exact same project/timeline now has somehow screwed up the nice linear transitions of last weeks project. Here’s the kicker… Grap a problematic clip and slide it out to the right into virgin timeline space. Voila. Fixed. Slide it back to it original position, back to square one. Unfortunately, I think the answer involves disabling my CUDA card for final renders. Which is a big reason I got the card in the first place! Faster renders.

    Any advice any of you can offer?

  • Adam Spencer

    June 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I am STILL having this problem. It still happens in CS6. Really aggravates me because I have to manually fade every single clip that I want to dissolve. It doesn’t matter whether I use hardware or software rendering, I get the same result. In fact, 50% of the time hardware rendering crashes on me so I usually have to resort to software.
    I use 25fps most of the time, I wonder if there’s a difference with 29.97.

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