In class, we learnt about the following four transitions in preparation for our second project brief, a one minute edited video self portrait.
1. Cuts – if you notice the editing, you come out of the world for a brief period of time
– Straight cut, contrast cut, cut on graphic matching, jump cut; cuts can disguise (e.g. when an interviewee rambles, a cut can be used to shorten the edited interview – cut to a shot of the interviewer/the interviewee from another angle)
2. Dissolve – shorthand that audiences recognise as a passing of time, but can also smooth out shots that are clunky
3. Fades – fade up from black, fade to flack, flash frame of white
4. Wipes – not used in most media production but can be used as part of the aesthetic of a piece if established early on (exceptions: infotainment, Australia’s Funniest Home videos, etc.)
More to consider:
- 25 frames/second = cinema (makes smooth and realistic action)
- Humans do not perceive frames but rather see movement for anything over 12 frames/second
- Sound can also be used to create a transition from one idea to the next (can change before the visual changes to create an interesting effect – foreshadowing what will come next)
This is my first attempt at editing based on the techniques from our media tutorial. The focus is on shape.