Editing videos and cutting them together may seem easy – but it involves a lot more than meets the eye. The way in which you choose to cut your videos and transition from one video to the next can affect its flow and how smooth it appears.
Cutting and editing videos smoothly requires quite a bit of experience. However, there are several ways that you can start to do so quite easily.
Match the Action in Clips
One way to make a transition look smooth and almost unnoticeable is to match the same action across both clips – using what is known as a cut on action. Because viewers will have their eyes on the action, they won’t be too distracted by the transition.
Unfortunately, this can only be used when you cut to a clip that has the same action continue in it. In some cases, you can use implied action to create the same effect.
Transition the Audio Separately
Some videos appear quite jarring at transitions because the audio is cut off abruptly, sometimes even mid-sentence or mid-word. To ensure this never happens, you can try to transition the audio separately using the L cut or J cut.
The L cut is when you transition the video first, and then the audio a few seconds later. Whereas the J cut is the opposite – and you’ll transition the audio first, and the video a few seconds after it.
Unlike the cut on action, the L and J cut is often applied more frequently. It can help preserve the flow of the audio and in doing so will help make your video much smoother.
Hide Jump Cuts
Many videos nowadays are shot using a single camera and from a fixed perspective. Because of that when the videos are cut they often use ‘jump cuts’ that cause the subject to seem to suddenly jump from one position to another.
Seeing as jump cuts are very jarring for viewers, it is best to hide them if possible. That can be done by either inserting a cutaway in between the two clips or by cropping one clip and reframing it so that it is visually different.
Overall the ways to edit and cut videos that are described above should be easy enough to apply – even if you’re relatively inexperienced.
If you want you can try to cut videos using Movavi Video Editor. It is a user-friendly MOV video editor that you can use to easily cut and join videos. On top of that, its features will give you the means to enhance the video quality, fix common issues, add audio tracks, insert customizable text, apply filters, and more.
As you start to cut videos you’ll be able to see firsthand how the timing and types of cuts that you use affect them. The more that you cut videos and the more experience you get under your belt, the more smoothly you’ll be able to cut videos in the future.