8 Essential Cuts Every Editor Should Know

“If your goal is to master the art of editing, you’re going to need to know the essential cuts to use when editing a film or video. Let’s go through eight of these and look at some examples of each. For said examples, we’ll be using excerpts from various films — but keep in mind that you can use these same cuts in any editing session, be it narrative, documentary, commercial, industrial, or even animation.

1. The Standard

The hard cut is the basic type of cut in editing. This type of cut is utilized when you want to cut from clip to clip without any type of transition, or where you cut from the end of one clip to the beginning of another. The only down side of the hard cut is that (out of all the cuts we’ll talk about) this one gives the least amount of visual meaning. To give you a quick overview of the history of cutting, here is a great video from Filmmaker IQ.

2. Jump Cut

The jump cut is a technique which allows the editor to jump forward in time. We see an early version of this technique in Eisenstein‘s Battleship Potemkin, where the battleship fires a mortar round and we watch the destruction as various angles jump cut from one to another. In this very early version of the jump cut, contemporary audiences were introduced to a new way of time passage in film. It obviously gained traction and is one of the most used types of cuts today next to the hard cut.” – Johnathan Paul | Premium Beat

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3 Free Low Contrast FCPX Color Board Presets


“Even before I started working as a professional colorist, I had always loved to toy around with color settings within my editing software to enhance the look of my footage. One of the most common looks that I would implement (and still do to this day) is the low contrast look, which can be really helpful is getting digital images to look more filmic.

One of the great things about FCP X is that it allows you to save custom Color Board presets so that you can easily select from a variety of preset looks to apply to your footage. It’s quite a powerful tool as you are also able to share your custom looks with others – which is what I am doing today.


The three preset files that I am making available for download today are intended to subtly reduce contrast, while either increasing the warmth, increasing the coolness, or keeping the image neutral. Each of the three settings should be able to work well on any footage that is well balanced, so choosing between the three is simply a matter of taste.

One really important thing to note is that you want to balance your image properly before applying these presets (or any preset for that matter) otherwise you won’t get good results. If you haven’t already read this, I suggest you quickly read up on the best order of operations for color grading, so you know exactly when you should applying these looks. In a nutshell though, you want to do it AFTER you have already balanced your image… Imagine you are working with really low contrast footage to begin with (such as log footage from an Arri Alexa or a Blackmagic Cinema Camera set to ‘film’). If you were to apply these looks to those raw files, the image would become even flatter and wouldn’t look good at all. The better option would be to first apply contrast and white balance adjustments to the raw footage to get it looking natural, and then apply these looks to knock the contrast back down.” – Noam Kroll

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How to Export Master Files in Final Cut Pro X (10.2)

Manhattan Edit Workshop Instructor Ari Feldman shows how to export master files in the latest version of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X.

Manhattan Edit Workshop is a New York Film Editing School offering a full range of basic to advanced manufacturer certified training courses, from the Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate and Apple products to the complete suite of Adobe applications.

Manhattan Edit Workshop’s mission is to provide the highest quality education for filmmakers and editors. Focusing on both the art and technology inherent to our craft. We foster a “learn by doing” approach in an atmosphere where mistakes are encouraged as part of the process and the only “silly” question is the one that isn’t asked.

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Free FCP.CO FCPX plugin & template roundup

“If there is one request we hear over and over again at FCP.co towers, it’s “Please bring back Free Effect Friday.” So we thought why not! A bunch of free Final Cut Pro X plugins for you to download.

You asked, we listened and gave in. Not too sure we can manage it every week, but we will do our best to highlight the new free plugins for FCPX.

First up, we will mention it again. If you haven’t download FxFactory’s Timecode plugin that displays a large timecode reader window that floats over FCPX, then do so. You have to have FxFactory installed, but that doesn’t cost.

Next is a free set of plugins called XEffects 3D Text Wraps, these allow you to wrap any image around 3D text in FCPX. Idustrial Revolution has taken the 8 built-in 3D Titles and added a drop zone to each along with publishing the XYZ position and rotation controls. This means that you can position the middle point of any of the animations where you want from the Inspector. Or indeed keyframe a move.

A lot of functionality (A lot supplied by Apple!) for free.” – FCP.co

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New: SUGARfx Funtextic

Funtextic, from SugarFX, makes it easy to create animated 3d titles right inside Final Cut Pro X.

Funtextic is a powerful tool for 3D text animations in Final Cut Pro X that is easy to use and understand. Its intuitive interface lets you control where and how the text is moving at any time throughout the length of the animation, providing creative control at any stage of the process.

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Idustrial Revolution XEffects News Graphics Now Available

XEffects News Graphics enables FCPX users to build a dynamic looking news broadcast using a set of professionally designed templates.

XEffects News Graphics are a set of professionally designed broadcast quality template plugins for building a dynamic news bulletin.

All elements work without keyframing and can be timed individually to match your presenter or footage.

Six colour palettes are built in to choose from, or use your own to match your broadcast identity, team or corporate colours. All are 4K Ready in FCPX.

Just add your news!

MSRP: $49  TF Price: $46.55

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