J cut

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A J cut is a variant of a split edit film editing technique in which the audio from a following scene overlaps the picture from the preceding scene, so that the audio portion of the later scene starts playing before its picture as a lead-in to the visual cut. Also called an audio lead or audio advance.[1][2]

The name of the cut refers to the shape of audio and video pieces of the second of two scenes cut together when it was done on analog film [a] and this technique has been applied since sound film first appeared.[3]

See also[edit]

  1. ^ The naming is obvious if you imagine a sound cinema film with sound track below.


  1. ^ "Final Cut Pro X: Create split edits". Calgary Board of Education. Retrieved 5 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Digital Video Editing Terminology". Retrieved 5 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Paul, Johnathan (8 March 2016). "Video Editing: What Are J-Cuts and L-Cuts?". The Beat: A Blog by PremiumBeat. Retrieved 25 August 2020.