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Chapter 7. Refining the Program > Creating Split Edits

Creating Split Edits

In a split edit, or L-cut, the video and audio have different in points or out points. A dialogue scene serves as a good example. First, you see and hear a person talking, in synch. Then you hear a person's voice but see the person to whom that person is talking. In this case, the video out point occurs earlier than the audio out point. In the timeline, the video and audio would form an L—hence, the name L-cut. Split edits are a great way to make your edits feel much smoother. Watch a movie closely, and you'll find that split edits far outnumber straight cuts, in which the video and audio share the same in point.

By now, you know numerous ways to create a split edit. The following tasks outline a few ways you might create a split edit from a straight cut in the timeline.


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