How To Edit Jump Cuts - Reel Video Producer Tips #14

How To Edit Jump Cuts   Reel Video Producer Tips #14

Jump cuts are a popular transition in online videos. They allow the creator to quickly move from one part of the video to another by eliminating pauses, silence, and other elements that make the video feel like it's moving slowly. By using jump cuts, you can make your video feel like it moves at a faster pace and give the presenter or speaker in the video more flexibility to not have to do the entire video in one take. You can shoot individual takes at a time and then join them all together with jump cuts.

How To Edit Jump Cuts

Jump cuts are a popular transition in online videos. They allow the creator to quickly move from one part of the video to another by eliminating pauses, silence, and other elements that make the video feel like it's moving slowly. By using jump cuts, you can make your video feel like it moves at a faster pace and give the presenter or speaker in the video more flexibility to not have to do the entire video in one take. You can shoot individual takes at a time and then join them all together with jump cuts.

Editing jump cuts is not always as simple as joining two video clips together. Here I show you how to use Adobe Premiere Pro to overlap the audio a bit so your jump cuts flow smoothly. Of course, this will also work just as well in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Sony Vegas, or most other video editing programs.

WHAT IS A JUMP CUT?

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On this week's creator's tip, I show you guys how to make really good jump cuts that'll keep your video running quickly and smoothly and not really feeling like it's just dragging with pauses and stuff. I'll give you guys a look behind the scenes at how to make these videos and that's coming up.

Hey guys, my name is Tim Schmoyer and welcome to another week of creator's tip where every week, I give you guys who are creating online video content some tips and tricks and ideas and suggestions and advice and etcetera for how to make your videos really stand out on the web.

This week we're going to talk about jump cuts, a very popular format on YouTube that allows videos to move very quickly without a whole lot of pauses and space for your mind to kind of drift and wander and get distracted. It also makes shooting your videos a lot easier because you don't have to get like, the whole video correct in just one big, long take. You can do lots of certain little sections, stitch it all together and make it all work.

But contrary to what it might seem, jump cuts aren't just a lot of clips put together end to end. There's actually a really fine art that goes behind doing it well, everyone kind of has their own different tastes and flavors and spin on how to do this and I hope that you guys develop yours. I'm going to give you a little insight into mine.

I'm editing in Adobe Premier Pro, I kind of consider myself to be a final cut guy but kind of switched over to the Adobe Suite after final cut X was such a fail. But anyway, so here's how it works. I've already kind of already set my in and out points here. What I'll do is I'll start on my clip and I'll find that spot where I start making the very first like, utterance of a word. Like, so you hear that, and it sounds like I go like, right there. So that's where I set my in frame, then I kind of go to the end and almost like the whole thing. (Video playback). So right at exception, that's where I'm going to set my out point, you can see right there that indicates my outpoint.

So it's right when I hear like the last part of the word that I want to, there. And that's just breath, I don't need that. So what I do is I come down here to my timeline and the trick here is not just to kind of put this right at the end, which is what most people would do. But to find, I'm going to overlap the audio a little bit here and find like, that last word I'm saying in this clip, as soon as people can mentally pick up on what that word is, that's where I'm going to start the next clip.

So for example (video playback), so I'm saying much, and that's where that CH part comes in. So right about there is probably, you already know what I'm going to say so I'm going to take this and I'm actually going to overwrite the video part a little bit and overlap the audio part a little bit. So you still get the CH part right here, you still hear it and so that finishes, like, in your mind but I'm onto the next phrase already. Oh and by the way, this work, you need to have the magnetic snap thing on.

This all works in final cut as well and like I said, I'm using Adobe Premier Pro. So it sounds like this (video playback). I can even maybe bump it up a little bit more but I think it's good there, like so right here. I can bump it back maybe two more frames, see, two more frames there. (Video playback) that's about right. So I'm going to go to my next clip, I've already got this marked in and out again, right when I start making that first like, sound for the word is when I, is where I set the in point. You hear it right there? So that was where I set my in and I have my out set already as well. Right there at the end of the -ing.

So again, I'm going to come down here, so you can see how some letters trail on a lot longer than others, especially S's like a T, this one is the N, you don't need to have like, the entire sound going, don't have to wait for it to finish to start your next clip. So see the N here in this clip goes on for a couple of frames, one, two, three, four, five, about five frames so I don't need all that. I'll just get like one or two frames and then I'll bring this down and pop it right there. (Video playback). I mean, I could even -- that was probably good. I could even bump it in like another two frames or so (video playback). Like that.

So just a couple more. (Video playback) Okay so viewing is going, -ing is going to go on for a couple of frames so I don't need all that. On to my next clip, I've already got the in and out points here. (Video playback) okay so right when the they starts, right there, that's where it is so that's where I start my end point. I already set it, as I said and then back here, okay now this one I'm actually cutting off the rest so I want the purchase part of it but I'm cutting out (video playback) and the about anything didn't really make any sense so I'm cutting that part out.

Take it down here and I'm going to grab this, overlap the audio just a bit (video playback). Again, I could probably shave off a frame or two here (video playback). There we go, that's better. Let me jump ahead here because I had a clip that ends with an S because the S's, they can drag on for like, seven frames. Same principle applies, you want to do it here, but those could be a lot longer so like, the overlap is more significant, is longer because those S's drag on for a long time.

So but that's kind of the gist of it, that's kind of how it works. I'll do one more here for you (video playback). It especially works when I cut myself off like this you know, like when I'm doing (video playback), like if I just cut myself off in midsentence, that's where like, the beauty of jump cuts really helps because I can start the next phrase before the other one is over and no one really knows the difference. I already have my in and out set here so I'm just going to show you the example here. (Video playback).

So like you guys know because you see, but most people like, they don't know that I interrupted myself in the middle of a sentence there. (Video playback). Because I just kind of keep rolling, you know? Okay so something like the catch up, like that ends like really quick, there's no like, extra frames there so I might have maybe only one or two frames overlap or sometimes not at all depending on how fast my P ends. Up or like, top, or it, you know, that kind of stuff, even the T probably has like two frames there but -- (video playback) so probably right about there is when I would add this, oh wait, I already did this, 78, here we go. (Video playback), yeah see? I probably maybe want to just take it back another frame or two (video playback), there we go. (Video playback). That one's good and then, okay, videos, that has an S in it, those kind of go for awhile so that one would have a more significant overlap. So this one I actually didn't set my in and out points yet so you can join me for that.

(Video playback). Okay it ends in another S. So I kind of find the end of that S, sounds like it's right there, then I'll set my out point (video playback) cut off my breath. There's the beginning of my M for more (video playback). So then I'm going to drag this down here like I have been and even actually, I think I can cut off more of that S here. I can even take another two frames there you go. So you still hear the S, it doesn't sound like I'm like, cutting myself off because the S keeps going right here but I can continue on to the next phrase before it sounds like the video's really dragging and it kind of keeps it moving along at a quicker pace. So that's how I do them.

I hope this was helpful for you guys, comment below with other tips, advice and suggestions you have for making really good jump cuts in your videos. I am by no means a professional video editor so if you guys have anything to help me out, I'd love to hear from you, comment below and let me know and share the knowledge and the love. Yeah. If you're not already subscribed to our channel, we'd love to have you guys join us every week for our Reel Web and our creator's tip videos and other stuff that might be coming up soon in the future.

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  • Chaz Shukat

    As a long time professional broadcast editor, this is horrible editing & I hope no one follows this advice. It's jarring, un-natural sounding to take out breaths because you think 7 frames is a long time (less than 1/3 of a second) and makes it so boring that people will loose intetest in that amount of time. I strongly disagree with everything on this tip. It makes the jump cut worse, not better.

  • Cracking Media Video Production

    An interesting video Tim. Thank you. I think Jump Cut videos along with other styles of video editing have their place in creating a mood for the viewer. As with all editing styles though there is a danger they can be over used and that certainly seems to be the case to me with the Jump Cut style. In the last few months or so, I have seen this style used a lot.

    However, my tip would be if this style suits the story and the target audience then use it, for example, for a video targeted at Youth culture. Another tip would be if using it then keep it short, even if it is used as the intro, for example, in a longer video, otherwise it can become very tiring for the viewer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1128720960 Paul Golden

    Wow. This is really jarring and an example of hyperkinetic style that calls attention to itself in a negative way. For me, editing is the art of the subliminal. If I hear jarring audio slams like this, my brain says WTF and distracts me from the content of the speaker. Go back and look at Goddard or Truffaut regarding jump cuts. Those were radical, but they work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1515210300 Bel Pinto

    That is vey cool.

  • Will3232

    Not sure who told you to do this, but this is wrong. That is so jarring to do that. If you are going to cut with talking heads then add motion graphics or a different angle of the head.