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Jump Cut Editing – Make Your Videos Snappy

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So what is it that makes videos fun to watch? What’s the secret trick? They’re SNAPPY!. What I’m talking about here are jump cuts and jump cut editing. Fun to watch videos move quickly. They keep your attention because your brain doesn’t want to miss something. Let’s take a look!

Jump Cut Editing

Today’s video tutorial is all about jump cut editing. This is video #2 of my Kick-Ass Edits Tutorial Series, where we’re breaking down some of the editing styles and tricks of some popular YouTubers so we can achieve similar results with our own footage. The goal here is to create really fun to watch videos… I mean… you put all the work into capturing your footage and editing it so you can share it, now you want people to actually enjoy watching your videos, right?!

Jump Cut Examples

Here are a couple of great jump cut editing examples used by some popular YouTubers

Sara Dietchy:
Jon Olsson:
Jon Olsson again:
and again, Jon Olsson…

Sara Dietchy’s channel:
Jon Olsson’s channel:

Jump Cut Tutorial

It’s best if you watch my tutorial on jump cuts, but the basic jump cut editing trick is this:

Instead of having long shots in your video, break that footage up so you’re only showing the really interesting/fun parts. It’s more than just editing out the “bad” or boring parts of your video. It’s simply condensing your awesome footage into bit-sized clips that tell (or re-tell) the story that you are creating with your video.

Here’s an example. When you go on vacation, and you’re having a blast, you might send a postcard home to a friend or family member. You wouldn’t write them a long letter telling every single experience, would you? You want to edit your video like a postcard, not a long letter. It’s more fun to watch that way, and you want people to enjoy watching your videos (remember?!).

Now you know how to jump cut the heck out of your already-amazing footage, but I have one more editing tip for you: one thing to keep in mind while you’re editing, is to make sure your video is telling some kind of story – it doesn’t have to be oscar-worthy. Here’s how I like to think about it: you went somewhere, you did something, it was awesome, the end.


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Saturday 4th of March 2017

I was hired to be the videographer for a summer sleepaway camp in Connecticut. Any ideas for videos? They want me to create 10 minute weekly videos as well as one yearly 35-40 minute. What editor do you think I should use, and do you have any ideas?


Tuesday 7th of March 2017

Hi Peretz, Check out my page on video editing software here! As for ideas... be creative and capture the moment!

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Thursday 19th of January 2017

[…] series! In Lesson one, we covered a sneaky little time lapse trick, and in Lesson 2, we covered snappy jump cuts, and today, it’s all about the click. In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you […]

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