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