How to Edit Video with the J-Cut and L-Cut in Premiere Pro (MUST KNOW)

CREATE AMAZING SCENE TRANSITIONS IN YOUR MOVIE WITH THE J CUT AND THE L CUT! | Check out this simple technique for editing your videos even better and utilizing some tools to create the essential j-cut and l-cut transitions.

In this Premiere Pro video editing tutorial, we will take a look at what the j-cut and l-cut are and also how to maneuver your footage to be able to create this simple transition effect. Once you know what the j-cut is, you’ll see it used all over the place and you’ll begin to appreciate just how effective and beautiful of a technique it is.

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Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.

  1. Add intro video and clip to 7sec in length add cross dissolve to start
  2. Drag in the basketball clip and try to extend the clip over the intro, but because there isn’t additional video, this won’t work.
  3. Move playhead to 5seconds and drag the basketball clip over the phila clip
  4. Use the Ripple delete tool + Alt/Opt key to drag the video track back to the 7second mark
  5. This will introduce the audio of the basketball clip 2seconds prior to seeing what is happening in that clip.
  6. Add audio fades where they are needed for this intro
  7. NOTE: This is a particularly effective technique when you use a J cut to introduce dialog or a person directly speaking about the scene you’re about to enter
  8. To create the L cut, drag in the ending frame and butt it up against the end of the basketball clip and set its duration to 10seconds
  9. Again, use the Ripple Delete tool + the Alt/Opt key to drag the ending frame backward and “cover” some of the basketball clip
  10. NOTE: Because the ending frame is a still image/graphic, we are able to drag it out as much as we like. Unlike a video clip, we’re not limited by the amount of “footage” because it’s just a single frame that Premiere knows to repeat over and over again.
  11. Move in the piece of audio that I have on the lower audio track and adjust to bring it in somewhere after the “heart” BALL frame appears.
  12. Add audio fades where needed to complete the “L” cut outro effect