Ways to Hide Jump Cuts

When you’re filming, you’re very rarely going to shoot your footage in one take.

There are almost always going to be multiple takes or long pauses that happen while you’re filming.

When this happens, you know you’re going to have to edit the footage to take out the mistakes that occur.

Sometimes this could lead to having jump cuts in your editing. There are going to be times when you don’t always want to have jump cuts.

Jump cuts can take away from the overall quality of your videos sometimes.

This is when you’re going to need different ways of hiding jump cuts.

And hiding jump cuts is going to be a lot easier than you think it will.

Hiding Jump Cuts

When you’re needing to hide jump cuts there are going to be multiple ways that you can do this.

Successfully executing ways of hiding your jump cuts will make your videos appear much smoother.

As I mentioned above, jump cuts can really be harsh when they’re in your videos.

If you’re making a video that isn’t meant to be personable, like something that’s going on YouTube, you’re probably going to want to avoid jump cuts at all costs.

Below you’re going to see some techniques that you can use to hide and mask any jump cuts. When used correctly, you’ll notice that these techniques help your videos look way better because there aren’t any hard cuts and everything flows well together.

Reframe Footage

Reframing your footage is something that can only be done during the editing process.

When you’re filming a video by yourself, it’s going to be nearly impossible to reframe something in the middle of shooting.

This is partially the reason why I film most of my videos in 4K.

When you film in 4K, reframing your footage is going to be much easier because you can do so without losing any quality in your footage.

You can reframe your footage however you like with 4K footage.

Be careful when you’re filming in 4K. You’re going to need a lot more storage than usual. Just make sure you have plenty of storage in your memory cards and you’ll be good to go.

If you aren’t capable of filming in 4K or just don’t want to, you can still reframe your footage.

You won’t lose any quality if you plan on reframing by just shifting the footage to the right or left, or just up and down.

However, if you plan on zooming slightly then that’s when the drop in quality happens.

You’ll still be able to hide any jump cuts when you reframe the footage. You just need to keep in mind that the quality of your footage can change when you reframe your footage sometimes.

Use B-Roll

Using B-roll is going to be something that’s great for hiding any jump cuts that may appear in your videos.

But what is B-roll?

B-roll is extra footage that you lay on top of your current footage. It helps enhance the points that you’re making in your video.

B-roll is there to help your video regardless of whether you’re trying to hide something like a jump cut.

Although, it’s perfect for hiding jump cuts.

When you place B-roll on your videos, you’re basically just having a voiceover for the footage that you’re showing.

By doing this, nobody is going to see what’s going on behind the scenes. When you cut your footage in a way that the audio is smooth, hiding any cuts that appear is the best thing you can do.

Not only should you use B-roll to hide jump cuts but you should also use it to really enhance the story you’re trying to tell.

Making great videos is all about being a great storyteller. So, using whatever you can to enhance the story is going to be beneficial to you.

Use a Morph

A morph is an editing technique that allows you to morph to clips together.

So, instead of having a jump cut, you have a morph between the two clips.

Depending on the positioning of your subject will determine how seamless your morph looks.

If your subjects are in the same place between the two clips, your morph isn’t even going to be noticeable. However, if your subjects are slightly displaced between clips then you’re going to notice the morph.

It’s not going to be as harsh of a transition as a jump cut so that’s something that can be seen as a positive.

Morphs always look smooth but they are much better when the subjects are in similar areas.

So, if you plan on using a morph, then you want to make sure that your subject is in a similar area between your two clips.

It’s important to remember that not all editing software comes with a morph option. You might have to find a free morph transition or pay for one.

Either way, they are still a great help with hiding any and all jump cuts.

Have a Second Camera

Having a second camera is something that can not only help you eliminate the harsh jump cuts but can really add a different perspective to your videos.

Having a second camera is something that not everyone is going to have the luxury of having. Cameras are expensive and there are some aspects that are difficult to handle.

For example, with a second camera, you want to make sure that you have the right angle. You can’t just have the two cameras side by side.

You need to make sure the second camera is angled at least 30 degrees from the first camera.

This is called the 30-degree rule. The rule states that the camera should move at least 30 degrees relative to the subject between successive shots of the same shot.

So you can move the camera more than 30 degrees if you want.

If the cameras are too close, it won’t look like you’re actually changing angles. It’ll look like a jump cut which will defeat the whole purpose of having a second camera.

Another aspect you need to be aware of when using a second camera is color grading. You want the picture from both cameras to look the same.

This could be a big issue if you have two different cameras.

Your best bet is to have the same camera, or if you can’t do that, at least get two of the same brands of camera.

You’ll be very annoyed when you’re watching back your footage and seeing that both pictures look entirely different. When you can have colors that look extremely similar, hiding your jump cuts will be easier.

The transition from one camera to another will look much better and pleasing to the eyes of your audience.

When I use two cameras, I use the Canon EOS-R and the Canon EOS-RP. They aren’t the same camera but they are similar enough to the point where colors are going to be identical.

Hide the Flaws

Remember, you’re more than likely not going to have a flawless video shoot where there are no mistakes.

There are going to be moments in your editing process where there are going to be jump cuts.

It’s entirely up to you if you want to keep those jump cuts. However, you need to keep in mind that it can be quite jarring for your audience.

If you want your audience to have a better experience while watching your video then you’re going to want to hide those jump cuts.

The tips above are going to help hide those jump cuts that could appear in your videos.

Making a better video means a happier audience. A happier audience leads to a bigger audience. All of that just leads to more success.

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