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Producing split edits

Split edits are transitions between two clips in which the audio and video start playing at different times. There are two basic types of split edits: L-cuts and J-cuts.

In an L-cut, the audio from the first video continues while the second video starts playing. One very common use is in interviews. Imagine Larry King asking O.J., “Did you do it?” Clearly, at that point, you want to see the reaction on O.J.'s face, not Larry King's. I've used an L-cut in an interview with Dr. Don T. Sumie. As you'll see, while I'm asking Dr. Sumie a question, the video will cut to a shot of Dr. Sumie's face.


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