What's the best way to fade to black?
I've got a sequence which ends with the last frame frozen and fading out over about 5 seconds. I've tried it with the cross-dissolve transition and using the pen tool to bring the opacity down to nothing (as well as the other transitions), but I'm getting serious posterisation in the image as it goes away. This is all rendered at high quality, and viewed on a TV running through my DV camera. Am I doing something wrong? Help please!
I'm using FCP 3.0.4 if that makes a difference...
Couple of things to try, couple of things to check.
Check: Are you viewing the Real Time stuff? Or did you render everything and lay off to tape? Sorry if this sounds like one of those 'is the monitor switched on?' questions, but stuff happens.
Try: using the Dip To Color Dissolve transition rather than the opacity. You want to cross-fade to something solid rather than fade out your video to nothingness.
Check: Is the freeze at the best quality? It should be, but also pass by Shift-Q, third tab - set that to best?
Check: Does it make a difference for you if you switch to 16 bit processing? Cmd-0, second tab, bottom radio button.
Try: remaking the freeze (Shift-n), which will use the codec from your 'Settings' (Cmd-0) window. Up the quality of the Settings from DV to DVCPRO50 and remake the freeze, render EVERYTHING (but of course!) and try again. Oh... Ah...
Maybe it's... One of the funnies I've had is that FCP will sometimes use the OLD render of an effect that has subsequently changed. In other words, if I step through frame by frame, I see the proper effect, but if I play in RT, I get the old render. I have to wait 30 - 90 secs PUTZING AROUND with stuff whilst the Mac OS tells FCP that a file has changed, or similarly, I end up having to plead with the system to re-render everything (sometimes it doesn't). This is certainly true of using LiveType projects that change a lot.
Using 4.5, but I HTH!
(did 22 fades to black today, along with 22 clocks/slates, etc - all silky smooth at DV)