My knowledge for doing fade-in/fade-out transforms in Blender's Video Sequence Editor is based on the answer to the following question:
What is described is a multi-step process which struck me as rather cumbersome for a simple transformation such as a fade-out to black (add a color strip, add a cross-effect, etc). Is this how power-users do this activity in Blender? Or do they use a plug-in that I may not be aware of? Or, is it just the case that Blender is really not used for such simple transforms and instead, some other tool (such as After Effects) is used?
Blender is plenty powerful in other tasks, and I am not knocking Blender's overall capabilities. Rather, I would like to know the usage in real-world workflows for this specific, rather rudimentary task. (Even in Microsoft's brain-dead Movie Maker, what is involved is more straightforward.)
(I am reminded of the various attachments you can get for KitchenAid. Yes, it is possible to juice with a KitchenAid, but why? It is not what is was built for in the first place.)