Transitions And Segues: When to Cut Your Video

Transitions And Segues: When to Cut Your Video

Knowing when to make a cut, preventing a clip from dragging on for too long.

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What exactly can a good cut do for you?

For one, if done correctly, it can add to the humor of the video, which helps with audience retention, and at the end of the day, that's our real goal.
When editing together your video, you might have a clip of yours that seems perfectly fine, but I want you to go back and really look at that clip. The vast majority of the people on here are gaming YouTubers, so you will likely have a similar audience. However, what you need to do, is look at the clip, and think, "what can I do to get the attention of someone who doesn't play video games, or someone has never played that particular game, and doesn't know what is going on.

Jump Cuts

While the game in the background may look perfectly fine to you, always assume that the person watching your video has absolutely no clue what is going on in the video. This is where short, effective clips, and by that very nature, transitions can help.

For a quick explanation of Jump Cuts, Click Here

Different Transition Types

Another thing to help keep things interesting, is to possibly even add a quick transition animation, such as a quick wipe from the left or right. You can even spice up the transition with a quick swipe sound, here are a couple free sounds effects you can try for yourself.

For a quick explanation of Different Transition Types, Click Here

Top Editing Tips

All of these come together to help you make a more interesting video, which in turn will keep a potential viewer engaged.

Remember, at the end of the day, quiet moments, or moments where nothing is happening on screen are a quick way to make a viewer bored, and want to click away. My goal is to help prevent that.

For a quick explanation of Top Editing Tips, Click Here