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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- Add intro video and clip to 7sec in length add cross dissolve to start
- 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.
- Move playhead to 5seconds and drag the basketball clip over the phila clip
- Use the Ripple delete tool + Alt/Opt key to drag the video track back to the 7second mark
- This will introduce the audio of the basketball clip 2seconds prior to seeing what is happening in that clip.
- Add audio fades where they are needed for this intro
- 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
- 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
- Again, use the Ripple Delete tool + the Alt/Opt key to drag the ending frame backward and “cover” some of the basketball clip
- 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.
- 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.
- Add audio fades where needed to complete the “L” cut outro effect