Smartphone Video Edit J-cuts in iMovie

Robb Montgomery
A free video tutorial from Robb Montgomery
Bestselling instructor | Mobile Journalism & iPhone Video
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Lecture description

J-Cuts and L-Cuts audio editing in iMovie. This tutorial shows you how to make edit J-cuts and L-cuts in iMovie iOS app.

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English Learn how to make J-Cuts and L-Cuts in iMovie app. The key to making great audio edits in iMovie is to master the J-Cut and the L-Cut. I show a video project here where we detach the audio tracks out of the video clips so you can adjust the audio edits. We're primarily going to be working with the audio tracks. I've already built a video story here built around sound bites from this sports presenter at a TV station in Brussels, and I've put my sound bite's down on the time line and I've re-ordered them so that they make sense to a viewer. and I've eliminated the parts that we didn't need. So basically Aster is his name. Astras going to be describing what it's like to start his job as a sports reporter at this TV station. And so that's what the story is about and he speaks in Dutch and I'll show you the the video at the end. And I just wanted to show you the structure here is. Soundbite covered up with a cutaway track of some shots that show where and what's happening. The no answer story questions visually. And then there's this rehearsal that we have of him where we have the audio at a little slightly lower volume between the sound bites and you see I can lower the volume of that so that it moves from soundbite to then you get to observe what he's talking about in practice and then here's the Jay cut this Jay cut right here is where you start to hear the audio from the next scene. The next scene is him again talking in a sound bite before you see the pictures. So it forms a letter J if you put like a J starting up at the top of the cutaway and then moving down and to the left you can see that is the shape and that's where the name comes from. But it's basically hearing the sound from the next scene before the viewer sees it. Now that blue bar that's the audio track that's been detached in the way you work with getting audio detach so that you can do these things. Let me just move over to another part of the project here. Yeah. Let's detach the audio from this section to detach. You'd think you'd need to be in the audio icon which I am right now actually have to be in the scissor icon. That's the golden move. And then you click on or tap rather on detach and you see the audio track for that clip has been separated and put into a blue line and now you can work on it separately. It's also muted the audio from the video track. The audio is still there on your main tracks so if you mess up you can always delete this and start over again. So with this track selected Now I need to go over to the audio. And then you can see I can adjust the the audio volume for that clip. I can even add a fade out which I think is what I'd like to do. I'd like to do a fade out there. So we're doing a crossfade fading out the audio of that clip and we're fading up from the clip before. Now if I had shorten If I tap the video clip for that segment and if I touched the left handle the in U.S. once you start moving the video to the right there that handle to the right it'll shorten the video clip and you can see that the audio clip stays where it is. That's the key to making a Jaker you detest the audio. And then you slide the beginning of the video clip over and that way you'll start to hear the audio from that clip before you see it and everything will stay in sync where people often make mistakes as they try and move the audio track around don't. This is how you make a cut if you wanted to make an L card which is in the other direction you just move from the other side and then you start to hear the audio from the track following you get messed up. You can always go in and do your steps and then you can audition. So this should be a fade in and fade out. And I'll just tap on that yellow triangle to do a fade in. So I've got a crossfade here from the sound bite to the the natural sound clip where we see him performing and then he talks about what it was like to do that and then we've covered that up with some other sequence shots of him doing his job. To show readers the elements of television production. And then there's kind of what's a surveillance shot that's him on a TV monitor inside the studio network filming and foreground and then him actually on the set in the background. So it's just a cool cool framing there done by the student photographer who I was working with at VRT in Brussels. And so that's how you can start to move the audio tracks out of the video clips and then you adjust the video clips to either make a J-cut or and L-cut whether you want to have the audio extend into the next clip or you want to hear the audio before you see the pictures. The key is to not move the audio tracks around it's just a very simple polishing step. It's done after you've built your project. So that's it. Rob Montgomery Welcome to the smart film school. , , , , , , , , , ,