While there are a seemingly infinite number of creative video transitions you can incorporate in your projects, learning the fundamentals first is essential. Check out this great video to learn how to use the J Cut.
The J Cut is an essential transition that every good filmmaker should be able to utilize effectively. When done well, it can act as a strong storytelling device, propelling the action forward by giving the audience more context and understanding of the environment. In his latest tutorial lesson, Nathaniel Dodson of tutvid discusses this transition and how to create it in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. While Dodson utilizes Premiere Pro, the basic concepts are valid and the cut can be created in any editing software suite.
The basic premise of a J Cut is that the audio of a scene is heard before the audience sees the visual. The audio introduces the video of the next clip. This subtle effect can make for a smoother viewing experience than by using a standard hard cut where the audio and visual of the next scene hit at the same time, though of course which transition to use is situation dependent. The name comes from the notion that the shape of the edited timeline clips looks like a "J."
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