Man is imperfect. Here are a few easy ways to use jump cuts to hide these imperfections.
Hiding jump cuts is an essential element in creating a seamless and engaging video. Jump cuts are great for hiding mistakes or moments of silence while we gather our thoughts on a specific topic while talking in front of the camera.
There are some people out there who can record and say at once what is on their mind without stopping. Others are comfortable having a script projected onto a teleprompter to get them through their subject, but these videos feel a little robotic and are difficult to reach as a viewer.
Most people follow an outline to have a natural conversation with their audience, removing any excess and useless filler words that we usually use in face-to-face conversations. To keep the audience engaged with the content, jump cuts help us get to our point smoothly and quickly. Unfortunately, overuse of jump cuts can make the video feel like Frankenstein’s monster, and audiences will be annoyed by the uneven cuts between takes. Don’t worry, we have a few tips from Jeven Dovey That will help you hide those pesky skip cuts to turn your next video into your best video yet.
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Make sure you are prepared
Before hitting the record, make sure you have an idea of what you are going to say.
Well I know what you might be thinking: this isn’t really a tip for hiding jump cuts. Well it is.
This will help you not to interrupt your speech as often and make the editing process a lot easier for you. Start by creating an outline of what topics and key points you want to address. Don’t be frustrated if you still say a lot of uh and uh during your speech, because we all do. It takes practice to get better at public speaking.
B-roll is a great way to hide your transitions. By switching to the B-roll, which is footage that captures what you are speaking, you create a point of reference that is also interesting for the audience. Taking attention away from you is a great way to hide a jumpcut.
The best way to use b-roll is to just put it on top of your edit. The conversation will still seem fluid as you create rich content for your audience.
Put the camera in and out
Another easy way to hide a jumpcut is to zoom in and out. The effect creates dynamic camera movements that make your video less stagnant. You don’t have to worry about zooming in and out while recording, as this camera movement can be achieved during the editing process.
Use multiple cameras
Similar to zooming in and out of the camera, using two cameras can make the video feel like it’s in motion. Think of it like a news anchor, with one camera right in front of you and the second camera at a still flattering side angle.
If you want to move on to a different topic in your video, turn to the other camera to create a stylized transition. The turn is also the perfect reference point in case you screw it up and need to start your sentence or topic again.
Add graphics to hide the section
A great way to hide a topic-to-topic skip cut to add a graphic to your editing. A graphic can serve as a visual indicator that you are in the next chapter of your discussion.
Make sure the tone sounds fluid
While it’s important to hide the cut in the video, it’s just as important that the audio doesn’t sound strange. This means that there is no sound or something audible wrong with the sentence.
The best way to fade out your audio editing is to fade out one word and fade in the next. The transitions are different every time you work on editing the audio, but they need to be quick and natural to the touch so that the audience isn’t distracted by the quick audio change.
The next time you’re editing a video, try using any or all of these tips to create something seamless and fluid. It may not be perfect the first time, but practice makes perfect. Playing around with these tips will help you hone your editing skills and you may find new ways to hide jump cuts that no one has thought of before. Nothing is more satisfying than knowing that you’ve created work that is visually appealing and will appeal to an audience that engages with your content.
Let us know in the comments if we’ve left out any other great tips on hiding jump cuts!