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Cuts. Just Cuts.

When you watch a movie, or network TV, do you see any of those effects?  No.  Why not?  Because they’re stupid.  Because they’re packed into editing software by engineers trying to bump the “feature count” to justify the price.  But just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should.

As for dissolves, they have occasional uses, but they’re mostly from an era gone by, where people needed more time to understand that the movie just went from a scene in a bedroom to a scene at the zoo.  We get that now- even if you just cut.

Use simple cuts for all your transitions.

Shot ends.  CUT.  New shot. Just like the pros.

You’ll love the way it looks.

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Steve Stockman, president of LA-based Custom Productions, Inc., is a prolific producer, writer, and director, known for over 200 diverse media projects. He is also the author of the best-selling book "How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck," taught globally from middle school to graduate level, and available in 9 languages.

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