Convenient Editing Cuts You Should Know

Are you new to the editing game and want to learn basic editing skills? Maybe this is your first film and you’re trying to figure out how to do cut scenes properly? These five editing cuts are important to have in your skillset.  

Cutting to a B-Roll

The B-Roll is essentially supplemental footage you have about the project or scene. This type of cut is often used in vlogs, documentaries, tutorials and more. Using the B-Roll gives you a chance to engage your audience and give them a peek at what’s going on in the background. For instance, if you’re subject is running late, you can cut to a traffic jam scene, honking cars, bumper to bumper vehicles, to indicate the situation.

Using the Jump Cut

Perfect for adding flair to your piece, this is great for infusing the scene with movement and some energy. Jump cuts help in showing that time has moved. Sometimes, it’s also great for showing boredom or disorientation.

Cutting with Perspective

Cutting with perspective lets you establish a new location or a new scene altogether. You can also cut to different angles or perspectives to add variety to your scenes.

Using the Music

Essentially, you’ll find this used in music videos a lot but it’s also a great way to edit a full film project especially if the center of the story is the music. This simply means that you cut a scene according to the rhythm of the music being played.

Employing the Standard Cut

Any editor probably already has this in their arsenal. In fact, if you’re a beginner, you can do a lot with just using the standard cut. This means just placing one clip against the other instead of coming up with a variety of other ways. When done right, they can easily move your story forward.