Creating Split Edits

In a split edit, or L-cut, the video and audio have different in points or out points. A dialog scene serves as a good example. First, you see and hear a person talking, in synch. Then you hear the person’s voice but see the person being addressed. In this case, the video out point occurs earlier than the audio out point. In the timeline, the video and audio form an L shape—hence the name L-cut. Split edits are a great way to make your edits feel much smoother. Watch a movie closely, and you’ll find that split edits far outnumber straight cuts, in which the video and audio share the same in and out points.

By now, you know numerous ways to create a split edit. The following tasks outline a few ways to create a split edit ...

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