On today's Reel Rebel Stephen Schweickart of VScreen.com gives some simple video editing advice on one way (using a 'cut') to ensure your transitions don't make your video look like you are at amateur status or more closely resemble a Power Point Presentation then a professional, classy video.

There are a lot of stock transition animations out there that can be used for video, however while they are easy to use and look fun, in the end they often make your video look cheesy and highly distracting.
In most cases a simple cut is all you need to transition from one clip to the next. This will give your video a clean and professional look and this can be done in three easy steps.

How to Create a Basic 'Cut' to Transition Between Clips

  1. Select the clip from the bin.
  2. Use the handles on either side of the clip and trim it to the desired length.
  3. Drop the clip in the timeline and drag it up to the previous clip to ensure there is no gap in between.
  4. And that's it.

Again, a cut is the most basic transition you can do in video editing but it's the quickest, cleanest, and smoothest way to transition from one clip to another and it helps sometimes to avoid those more flashy transitions that can distract the viewer from what's most important in your video.

Stay tuned for more video editing tips and and advanced video editing series to come.

Question: What's your favorite video transition/swipe to use for patching together interview footage?