Editing a video together is a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, with so many pieces to choose from. Editors use a variety of techniques to create a sequence and here are a few of them.

A ‘cut’ is an edit where a shot or sound byte follows the other in a sequence, without a transitional effect.

In digital editing applications, this basic edit is represented by the symbol of a razor blade or scissors, much like the tool applied by editors that use traditional methods of cutting film scenes together.

A transitional effect can be a dissolve. This is where a shot or sound byte slowly disappears, while the next shot or sound byte emerges at the same time.

Another example of a transitional effect is a wipe, similar to a dissolve, except there is a distinct line either horizontal, vertical or at any angle, that wipes from a shot into the next.

Edits, can when used effectively, make quite a difference to any production.

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