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  • Scene Transitions where the following scene’s audio precedes the change in image.


  • Scene transitions where the previous scene’s audio curies into the change in image.

Jump Cuts:

  • A film sequence that is split into two sequential pieces used to represent a shift forward in time. Camera typically does not shift position but the subject does.

Flash Frames

  • A very brief shot, typically comprised of one frame, that appears in a sequence of images.

Cutting on Action

  • Sequence where the film is cut on action and the sequential footage matches the previous action.

Match Cut

  • Two shots where the shot composition is the same.

Continuity Editing

  • Editing to guise the viewer’s focus from shot to shot.

Invisible Editing

  • Editing in a manner that allows for the cuts to be hidden.


  • The juxtaposition of shots in a fast pace manner that gives a large amount of information rapidly.

180-Degree rule

  • A guideline that guides the camera to maintain spatial location on one side of an imaginer axis.


  • The act of separating a piece of footage into two or more separate pieces of footage.


  • A film transition where one shot is replaced by travelling from one side of the screen to another.

Dissolve/Cross Dissolve

  • A transition where a shot and the sequential dissolve into one another.

Simple Graphics

  • On screen graphics are utilized to give information not expressed through the captured film.

Dip to black/white

  • A transition where the captured image dips to black or white.



Final Cut Pro

Aspect Rations:

Academy Aperture: 1.33:1

American Widescreen: 1.85:1

Anamorphic: 2.35:1

Widescreen Television: 1.77:1