Types of editing cuts!

In case you wish to ace the craft of editing, you are going to need to understand the fundamentals to put in action when editing a film or video. Let’s go through 4 types of cuts in editing and understand them better using examples.

1. Cross cut:
The technique of the cross-cut, also known as parallel editing, is where you cut between two different scenes that are happening at the same time in different spaces. In the last 10 years, probably no filmmaker has loved using the cross-cut technique more than Christopher Nolan. He’s used this technique on several films and always uses it effectively to connect the various stories lines in each film.

2. Jump cut:
The jump cut is a technique which allows the editor to jump forward in time. We see an early version of this technique in Eisenstein‘s Battleship Potemkin, where the battleship fires a mortar round and we watch the destruction as various angles jump cut from one to another. In this very early version of the jump cut, contemporary audiences were introduced to a new way of time passage in film. It obviously gained traction and is one of the most used types of cuts today.

3. Invisible cut:
You can really prove just how creative you are as an editor (or how organized you are in pre- production) by adding some invisible cuts in your video or film. The goal of these types of cuts is to keep the shot looking like one continuous take. Invisible cuts were used to nab Oscar Gold in Gravity, and are the main reason Birdman appears to be seamless.

4. J cut:
Here we hear the audio before we see the video. So, the audience is is looking at clip A but still hearing audio from clip B. This type of cut is used quite often in all forms of film-making and videography, but you can see it quite often in content featuring an interview.

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