Fade to Black Transition Problem---Aug 5th Wedding Slideshow---Please Help ASAP!!


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 4, 2010
Please Help ASAP!!!!:eek:

I have created a 15 minute slide show with music for my close friends’ rehersal dinner. The rehersal dinner is tomorrow night. I made the slideshow using iMovie 08. Just when I thought I’d completed it, I went to watch it just to make sure…………..and I noticed a problem. The fade to black transitions are not working properly. In movies I’ve made in the past, the fade to black has worked work fine. As I understand it, they are supposed to go from picture 1-black-picture 2. . I have it set up that each picture is 3 seconds, and the transition is one second. The problem I am having is that it is going from picture 1-flash of black-flash of picture 2-black-picture 2. Sooooooo esentially, there is a premature flash of picture 2 in the middle of the fade to black transition. It is enough to make you think you’re seeing something. Most will probably not notice it, but its reallllllllly bothering me. I have tried removing all transitions and then reinserting them; this did not fix the problem. I have to put the slideshow onto a dvd tonight, so I would love to be able to fix it before then. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


macrumors 68030
Dec 8, 2003
Not sure with imovie, but can you just separate the two photos in the timeline? so there is a black block in the middle? Then work on fading out/in.


macrumors newbie
Aug 4, 2010
a cheap workaround

This is something I've used in the past to create my own "fade-to-black" transitions. Create a .jpeg image of the color black. You should be able to do this in photoshop, or paint, or whatever. If you don't have any imaging software, then take a photo with your camera with the lens completely covered.

Now that you have this "black" photo, you can insert that in between the photos you want to create a transition with. Set the duration of the "black" photo to something like 1-2 seconds, then use cross-fade transitions on either side of it.

Anyway, kind of a cheap workaround, but it's come in handy in the past. I use this technique a lot on my new iPhone 4's iMovie.

Hope this helps, and good luck.

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