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Chapter 8. Refining the Sequence > 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, with the video and audio in sync. Then you hear the person's voice but see the person being addressed; in this case, the video Out point occurs earlier than the audio Out point, and in the timeline, the video and audio form an L shape—hence the name L-cut. (When the situation is reversed, it's sometimes called a J-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 and Out points.


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