One second of black appearing at the beginning of each clip in timeline.

I just got FCP and I'm having an issue.  Every time I put a clip from the event brower into the timeline, there's a second of black at the beginning of each clip.  This is only between clips, not the first one.  If I move a clip to the front, there's no second of blackness before it, but now the one that was put second has the blackness that wasn't there before. 
I see in preferences, there's a transition setting, but it won't let me set it lower than one.  I figured this had to do w/ transistion effects, but could this be doing it?
Both video and project are 720p HD 30p Stereo.
I've googled all kinds of word combinations, but can't seem to find a solution.
Any help?

Complete mystery to me as well, and when I have something odd like this, I trot out the following suggestion:-
Corrupt preferences can create a vast range of different symptoms, so whenever FCP X stops working properly in any way, trashing the preferences should be the first thing you do using this free app.
http://www.digitalrebellion.com/prefman/
Shut down FCP X, open PreferenceManager and in the window that appears:-
1. Ensure that  FCP X  is selected.
2. Click Trash
The job is done instantly and you can re-open FCP X.

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