How to Cut Video Transitions for Action Scenes


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bjbj Hi, I m Tom Skowronski. You know cutting video together for action is much different
than for any other type of genre. Understanding these basic fundamentals will help you make
better action video. There are several factors that you need to take into account when editing
action scenes. Maintaining screen direction, sight lines, making sure that your cuts land
on the action, creating the illusion of continuity, thematic pacing and motivated edits are all
different issues that deserve some extra attention. To help us understand how cutting on the action
works let s take a look at continuity. The basic concept is to create an illusion of
continuous motion or story-driven cuts while taking out the slower aspects that slow the
pacing of the video. Continuity compresses real time on the screen and carries a progression
of the sequence. For example in this clip from the movie The Rundown, we see one character
making a trek through a dance club. We see just enough to understand the direction that
he is headed and at the same time understand the environment that he is in. It takes 30
seconds to play out on the screen but since we are following a line of continuity we never
get lost and understand what we are watching. Keeping in only the shots that will give off
the illusion of continuity will keep the viewers attention and their imagination fills in the
rest. This is how cutting on the action works. We make a mental connection that overlooks
the fact that the cuts may not be in perfect time. Cutting on the action is an editing
technique in which the editor cuts from one video clip to another clip of the same action
that matches the first video. Although two shots may have actually been shot hours apart
from each other cutting on the action gives the impression of continuous time when watching
the edited project. By having a subject begin an action in one shot and carry it through
to completion in the next the editor creates a visual bridge which distracts the viewer
from noticing the cut or noticing any slight continuity error between the two shots. An
important factor of cutting on the action is maintaining screen direction. For example
when we have a subject exit the frame in one shot and then enter the frame in the next
shot the second shot must match the screen direction and motive of the first shot. As
you edit together successive shots of any moving object make sure that the subject always
moves in the same direction on-screen from shot to shot. A car crossing the street from
right to left must be moving from right to left in the following shot. Another form of cutting on the action is when
there are multiple stories going on at the same time in which case the editor cuts back
and forth between both scenarios. This is known as parallel editing. This technique
is used to create an illusion that multiple events are happening at the same time. The
best way to create this illusion is by cutting back and forth between two different actions
or storylines. This type of editing can create a higher level of anticipation or anxiety
for the viewer since they are interpreting two events happening at the same time. The
length of the shots from each story line determines how interwoven the events appear to the audience.
To make the events appear closer in time simply shorten the shots. A new trend in cutting
video called thematic editing is quickly becoming a style and in of its own right within darker
and more mysterious action movies. Thematic editing is a rapid, impressionistic sequence
or montage of disconnected images to communicate feelings and ideas rather than telling a story.
It serves the purpose of conveying an emotion rather than actually document each individual
action of that scene. One of the most important pieces of a puzzle is to always remember is
that each action scene can be cut in multiple different ways. The key is to be patient and
use the person that gives your scene the most impact. [End of Audio] Action Scene Transitions
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I m Tom Sko ski. You know cutting video together for action is much different s than for any
other type of genre. Understanding these basic fundamentals will help you make better action
video. There are several factors that you need to take into ac count when editing action
scenes. intaining screen direction, sight lines, making sure that your cuts land on
the action, creating the illusion of continuity, thematic pacing and motivated edits are all
different issues that deserve some extra attention To help us understand how cutting on the action
works let s take a look at continuity. The basic concept is to create an illusion of
continuous motion or story driven cuts while taking out the slower aspects that slow the
pacing of the video. Continui ty compresses real time on the screen and carries a progression
of the sequence. Times New Roman For example in this clip from the movie The Rundown, we
see one character making a trek through a dance club. We see just enough to understand
the direction that he is heade d and at the same time understand the environment that
he is in. It takes 30 seconds to play out on the screen but since we are following a
line of continuity we never get lost and understand what we are watching. Keeping in only the
shots that will give off the illusion of continuity will keep the viewers attention and their
imagination fills in the rest. This is how cutting on the action works. We make a mental
connection that overlooks the fact that the cuts may not be in perfect time. Cutting on
t he action is an editing technique in which the editor cuts from one video clip to another
clip of the same action that matches the first video. Although two shots may c have actually
been shot hours apart from each other cutting on the action gives the impr ession of continuous
time when watching the edited project.u By having a subject begin an action in one shot
and carry it through to completion in the next the editor creates a visual bridge which
distracts the viewer from noticing the cut or noticing any slight continuity error between
the two shots. An important factor of cutting on the action is maintaining screen direction.
For example when we have a subject exit the frame in one shot and then enter the frame
in the next shot the second shot must matc h the screen direction and motive of the first
shot. As you edit together successive shots of any moving object make sure that the subject
always moves in the same direction on screen from shot to shot. A car crossing the street
from right to left must b e moving from right to left in the following shot. Another form
of cutting on the action is when there are multiple stories going on at the e same time
in which case the editor cuts back and forth between both scenarios. This is known as parallel
editing. This technique is used to create an illusion that multiple events are happening
at the same time. "System Verbal Ink Action Scene Transitions Hi, I m Tom Skowronski.
You know cutting video together for action is much diff There are several factors that
you need to take into account when editing action To help us understand how cutting on
the action works let s take a look at conti For example in this clip from the movie The
Rundown, we see one character making Keeping in only the shots that will give off the illusion
of continuity will kee Cutting on the action is an editing technique in which the editor
cuts from one By having a subject begin an action in one shot and carry it through to
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best way to create this illusion is by cutting back and forth between two di The length of
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