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Make a Tough Cut Easy on Your Viewers

Whether you’re working from a single source or multiple sources of video, occasionally an edit “feels” wrong. Using a simple editing technique, you can help an edit become less jarring—or even unnoticeable.

Every edited piece of video attempts to tell a story, from the 30-second commercial to the three-hour documentary. To tell a story using video, it is necessary to cut from one section of video to another. Yet, the two sections of video you edit together don’t always flow together. To overcome the jarring nature of some edits, you can use a technique called a split edit (sometimes referred to as an L-cut or J-cut) to help smooth the transition.


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