Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Avoiding bad edits

From: Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training

Video: Avoiding bad edits

Now we're going to take a brief look at what constitutes a bad edit, so you know and not to make those. This is one of the worst edits I've possibly ever seen and this is a clip from "Ninja Death 3." And here a guy and a girl are playing coy, kind of flirting a little bit, and then it cuts to something else, a different scene entirely, which is a little jarring just because it seems like they were kind of like flirting or kind of here. Not the worst edit ever, but they are somewhere else, and then all of a sudden it cuts back to the first couple, and all of a sudden they are embracing.

Avoiding bad edits

Now we're going to take a brief look at what constitutes a bad edit, so you know and not to make those. This is one of the worst edits I've possibly ever seen and this is a clip from "Ninja Death 3." And here a guy and a girl are playing coy, kind of flirting a little bit, and then it cuts to something else, a different scene entirely, which is a little jarring just because it seems like they were kind of like flirting or kind of here. Not the worst edit ever, but they are somewhere else, and then all of a sudden it cuts back to the first couple, and all of a sudden they are embracing.

So we didn't really tell the complete story. We don't know how they went from being coy and flirty and far away to embracing each other and being really close, and he is kind of like in mid-sentence arguing with her. So, emotionally there was a huge section there that we didn't see and we're seeing another part of the story instead. So we're not really seeing the complete story. Let's look at that edit, and see if you could feel how uncomfortable it is as we go back and forth without really giving the viewer the complete story. (Music playing) (Female speaker: Brother, where are you going?) (Male speaker: To go talk to a teacher!) (Male speaker 2: So tell me, what am I? Why do you treat me so well?! Tell me!!) So again, emotionally as we cut back to these people, we missed something.

The editor did not give us a clue about what's going on. So, be aware of that. And sometimes you're given a movie to edit where it wasn't written very well or wasn't directed very well and there's not too much you can do, but that's still, again, as an editor you're the last line of defense with the story. So, you've got to try to come up with the way to tell a better story than that. Now, let's talk about jump cuts. Jump cuts are when we jump from one frame to the next and from one frame to the next it just doesn't make sense visually.

In this clip from the "Night of the Living Dead" they are fiddling with the TV set, and this guy here our main character is fiddling with the rabbit ears, and as we advance frame by frame, there is a frame where he goes to sit back down again and then in one frame he is sitting down, and then in the next frame he's completely sitting down. Now, that's totally okay, because we assume that he's going to finish sitting down, so it's not the end of the world. However, the audio is consistent from that frame to that frame, so we refer to this when it's just kind of an extra leap like that, as a jump cut.

So, again it's very subtle. It's a very small thing, but let's see if we can detect that jump cut. (Male speaker 3: Play with the rabbit ears!) (Tv announcer: As incredible as they seem?) So, it almost seems like as he was about to sit down that he just warped into sitting position. So, again, if there wasn't consistent audio, then it would be okay but because there is consistent audio, it doesn't really make sense. He kind of like warped into a sitting position, and so again that's referred to as a jump cut. Here is a more glaring example of a jump cut.

In this clip from "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," this robot enters this room here, and he breaks down Santa Claus's door and then he enters in. And we have this medium shot of him coming in and he enters. He takes several steps into the workshop there. And then in the next cut, when we cut back to it being a wide shot, he is right in front of the door. So again, that's a jump cut. It's jarring. That's not what happened. We saw him take several steps into the room and then we cut back to him he is by the door and he is not moving as much.

Like here he is in walking formation, like his arms and legs are in the process of walking, and then when we cut back here he is standing still, almost like the director said "action," and we needed him to take a few steps in and the editor should have cut it like right here or something. Let's watch this scene, and see if you could see the jump cut in motion. (Dramatic music playing) So, again you can see that it kind of warped backwards when we cut.

Again, that is a jump cut. Now, this next idea isn't really avoiding bad edits. It's avoiding bad pieces of footage. Here in this clip I have footage of a hopping ferret, very cute. And then towards the last half of the clip he is kind of off-screen most of the way. And then this is me doing the camera work, by the way. I did a terrible job. Admittedly I'm an awful cameraman. Also too the first little part of the clip we don't even see the ferret. So, this isn't really a bad edit, but we take the chance of boring or fatiguing the audience, because we're showing them something they don't really need to care about.

So, make sure that every frame of video is juicy. As good as it can possibly be. So, I might start there with the ferret just about to come on screen, and then he comes on screen, and then he runs away, and the audience is going to assume that he ran off screen, because he is going that way and most of his body is away anyways. So, really this is the best part of this clip. We might even consider jumping off or cutting it there. But anyways, we don't want to show the audience anything they don't absolutely need to see.

Here's another more humorous example from "Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter." Apparently, he has to go out and find somebody named Wanita and I don't recall the plot line why he needed to do that, but this evil scientist is trying to get him to remember Wanita and so she keep saying it over and over, and it's hilarious. (Male speaker: Wa-ni-ta?) (Female speaker: Yes! Wa-nita.) (Male speaker: Wan-ita? Wan-ita?) Okay, so we probably could have done with one or two less Wanitas there and I'm not sure how that could have been done in editing, but we could have maybe cut away to something, as we'll talk about later in this chapter.

We could fix some problems by cutting away to other things, but this is just long. I mean as an audience member, I'm sitting here and watching this saying, yes I get it, I get that you're trying to pronounce Wanita. I get that that's who you are going after. I don't need to be told this over and over again. Let's move on with the story. So, again, only the best. When we're making our edits, we want to give the users the best of our footage, the best of the story. Anything that's extra, let's get rid of.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training
Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training

83 video lessons · 50679 viewers

Chad Perkins
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 4m 1s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. What is Premiere Pro CS5?
      1m 41s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 25s
  2. 16m 44s
    1. The Premiere Pro workflow
      2m 21s
    2. Adding footage to the Timeline
      2m 19s
    3. Understanding timecode
      3m 3s
    4. Making basic edits
      5m 15s
    5. Getting familiar with the interface
      3m 46s
  3. 21m 59s
    1. Setting up a new project
      3m 48s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 30s
    3. Capturing and ingesting footage
      2m 51s
    4. Importing files
      5m 23s
    5. Sorting and organizing clips
      4m 27s
  4. 33m 19s
    1. Making a rough cut
      4m 0s
    2. Making preliminary edits
      4m 55s
    3. Creating overlay and insert edits
      4m 16s
    4. Using video layers to add B-roll
      3m 47s
    5. Using ripple edits and ripple delete
      3m 1s
    6. Performing slip edits
      2m 54s
    7. Using the Razor tool
      3m 51s
    8. Moving edit points
      3m 47s
    9. Navigating efficiently in the Timeline
      2m 48s
  5. 28m 45s
    1. The job of an editor
      2m 59s
    2. When to cut
      5m 54s
    3. Avoiding bad edits
      6m 31s
    4. The pacing of edits
      3m 47s
    5. Using establishing shots
      2m 44s
    6. Using emotional cutaways
      2m 1s
    7. Fixing problems with cutaways
      2m 48s
    8. Matching action
      2m 1s
  6. 21m 38s
    1. Using markers
      3m 31s
    2. Replacing clips
      2m 36s
    3. Exporting a still frame
      1m 51s
    4. Creating alternate cuts
      1m 25s
    5. Rearranging clips in the Timeline
      2m 15s
    6. Targeting tracks
      2m 32s
    7. Disconnecting audio and video
      5m 0s
    8. Reconnecting offline media
      2m 28s
  7. 9m 46s
    1. Adjusting the rubber band
      3m 13s
    2. Adjusting clip position
      1m 21s
    3. Moving the anchor point
      2m 50s
    4. Adjusting clip size and rotation
      2m 22s
  8. 8m 15s
    1. Changing the speed of a clip
      1m 58s
    2. Using the Rate Stretch tool
      1m 57s
    3. Playing a clip backward
      4m 20s
  9. 10m 26s
    1. Understanding pixel aspect ratio
      5m 15s
    2. Understanding frame rates
      2m 15s
    3. About HD standards
      2m 56s
  10. 10m 32s
    1. Using layered Photoshop files
      2m 31s
    2. Animating clip position
      3m 33s
    3. Fading layers in and out
      4m 28s
  11. 12m 40s
    1. Applying transitions
      6m 2s
    2. Using transitions effectively
      4m 41s
    3. Setting up the default transition
      1m 57s
  12. 38m 31s
    1. The importance of ambient audio
      6m 35s
    2. Cutting video to music
      7m 38s
    3. Changing audio volume over time
      9m 55s
    4. Fixing audio problems
      9m 57s
    5. Censoring audio
      4m 26s
  13. 16m 25s
    1. Creating censored video
      5m 22s
    2. Creating a lens flare
      2m 20s
    3. Creating a logo bug
      3m 27s
    4. Creating background textures
      5m 16s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Intro to compositing
      1m 11s
    2. Removing a green screen background
      9m 14s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      2m 58s
  15. 22m 37s
    1. Adjusting white balance
      2m 24s
    2. Increasing contrast
      3m 5s
    3. Adjusting luminance
      4m 30s
    4. Creating cinematic color
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a vignette
      3m 12s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      4m 5s
  16. 16m 5s
    1. Creating titles
      4m 55s
    2. Creating a lower third
      9m 12s
    3. Animating rolling credits
      1m 58s
  17. 14m 13s
    1. Exporting sequences from Premiere
      3m 57s
    2. Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder
      2m 13s
    3. The most common formats and codecs
      4m 42s
    4. Exporting portions of a sequence
      1m 54s
    5. Rendering letterboxed footage
      1m 27s
  18. 6m 46s
    1. Examining the other apps that come with Premiere
      4m 25s
    2. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 21s
  19. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.