I'm making an animation and at the end I want the screen to fade to black. Is there a way of doing that with an animation? Or do I have to first render the animation and then re-open it when it has been made into an MP4 and then import back into the video editor, add the fade to black and then render it again in the editor? That seems like a lot of work for something so simple.
Fade-to-black can be achieved in Blender if you feel like third-party video-editing software is not optimal, or the most succinct.
- Assemble your image sequence/movie file into the Sequencer.
- Scrub to a part in the timeline where you'd like to begin fading to black.
- Goto to Sequencer menu, click
Color. (It defaults to Black, but you can make it any color). Note this strip should be on top of your image sequence/movie file.
- Select this color strip, and hit
Nto examine its properties over on the right.
- Find the
Opacitysettings just in the
- Scrub to the beginning of this Color strip.
- Set the opacity to 0. With the cursor over top of the slider, hit
Ito keyframe it.
- Scrub to the end of the Color strip.
- Change the opacity, this time to 1.0, and with the cursor in the slider field, hit
I. The color's opacity is now interpolated over the duration of the strip.
You can also fine-tune the interpolation like any keyframe by opening this strip in the F-Curve editor. Happy editing!