Until recently, I’ve been doing audio crossfades in FCPX by detaching the audio of one track, dragging it under the next clip, and fading each audio track. This works pretty well, but since the audio is detached, it can get out of sync. Turns out there a better way, using L-Cuts and J-Cuts. I’m sure most people already know about these, but if you don’t, I made a graphic explaining how to use them in FCPX.
- Double click on the audio track of one clip
- It drops down – notice it’s still attached to the clip
- Drag the audio clip under the other clip
- Fade the audio on both clips – you now have a nice crossfade
- If you like, you can double clip on the audio track again to collapse it back, keeping the crossfade/L-Cut intact
It’s fun and simple!
One more audio tip – right click on the audio fader to change the type of fade (linear, s-curve, +3db and -3db).
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