With the composite transition in kdenlive I am already able to let the the lower third (with the name and a line of additional information, just like in the news) appear. Now I want it to fade in (or some other effect), but kdenlive only allows to add one transition.

Is there a way to avoid this dilemma?

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    I don't know kdenlive, but the bar you are referring to is often called a lower third.
    – AJ Henderson
    Mar 25, 2014 at 18:46
  • thank you, that really could help, since i am not a native speaker obviously and had a little trouble finding the name of it. Mar 25, 2014 at 19:30

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Just use an affine transform for the title

  1. Create a title with the text
  2. Put the video on track 2
  3. Put the title on track 1
  4. Combine them with an affine transformation
  5. On the affine transformation, add 4 key frames for a title of 5 seconds, at 0 / 1 / 4 / 5 seconds
  6. Set the opacity for keyframe at second 0 and second 5 to 0. Keyframes at second 1 and 4 keep 100% opacity
  7. Play. The title fades in for a second, stays for 3 seconds and fades out for a second.

Screencast: http://cweiske.de/tagebuch/kdenlive-lower-third.htm

  • thank you for the very desciptive answer, as well as the video ! This really seems like a nice and straight forward solution. Apr 6, 2015 at 9:29

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