Do you want to speed up the action of a clip, but do it without having to change the speed of the action? This is where a jump cut can come into play. How do you create a jump cut in Apple Final Cut Pro X? In this movie, author Jeff Greenberg walks you through how to create a jump cut in Final Cut Pro X.
- I want to describe something that you kind of can't do, which is I want to speed up a clip, but leave it at the same speed. There's definitely a battle right there. And the way we see it done in film making a lot is jump cuts. That you have a section and you just jump cut a little bit forward, and jump cut a little bit forward That's exactly what we're going to explore here. So I have on my timeline this 20-some-second clip. It's really cool, it's Rachel here in a digger, in Vegas, it's a lot of fun if you ever get a chance to do this sort of thing, and it just takes some 20-plus seconds for this to occur.
I'm just gonna let it finish, There we go. Oh boy, wasn't that fun? It is actually super cool. Well you can put in markers, I'm just going to put in some randomly this time, M for marker M for marker M for marker M for marker. I'm just throwing some in to kind of say where I'd like some jump cuts to occur. Right about there. And with this selected, I'm going to go up to my Retime menu and choose Jump Cut at Markers. I can make them very short, like three frames or five frames For something like this I want to make it 30 frames long.
This was a 22-second clip, 30 frames, it became significantly shorter. Click the clip, Control D, there you see it's duration, 13 seconds, it's almost half the speed. When we play it back, We can see those jumps, those jump cuts occurring, kind of speeding up the action but leaving a lot of it at the same speed. Now, I'm a person of precision, it's a lot of what I believe in in editing, and I just want to show you a really cool method. It's a little aggressive, it's a lot of steps here, but it certainly pays off with a clip like this.
What I need to do is I need to move to the right a fixed amount of frames before I leave a marker. So your left and right arrows take you forward one frame, but if you hold down the Shift key, it goes 10 frames. Shift 1, 2, 3, marker, 1, 2, 3, marker, and I'm just going to continue doing this throughout the clip, leaving a marker at every second, now you can do it at whatever interval you want, you could do this based on the action in the video. But I'm just putting in markers at a pretty much a fixed amount across the entire video, Shift 1, 2, 3 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, one more 1, 2, 3, I think we'll skip that last one.
All right, with those selected I now make a huge impact on this with Jump Cut at Markers, 30 frames, it's a way shorter clip and it gives you that really sort of staccato jumped cut look without speeding it up. I'll do an Undo, let's take it instead of 30 frames let's do this at 10 frames per second. Play Just these nice little jump cuts carrying the motion forward and yet leaving most of the clip at normal speed.
Jump Cuts at Markers, pretty cool technique.
- Basics of retiming
- Freeze-framing a clip
- Getting the best playback quality
- Understanding the automatic adjustments
- Advance speed changes, including range selections