Match Cuts

Lesson Details

Subject: Editing

Title: Match Cuts

Description:

A Match Cut is when the action appears to be continuous when cutting from one shot to another.

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A Match Cut is when the action appears to be continuous when cutting from one shot to another. In this first example, where our skateboarder is tying his shoes, the action of the second shot doesn’t match the action of the first one. Let’s take a look at that again. You can see that he reaches for his shoelaces twice, when it should be one continuous move. Now let’s take a look at the match cut.

Reaching down for his shoelaces happens in one continuous motion with the second shot picking up at the same point of action as the first. Let’s take another look at that. Looks much better. In this next example our skateboarder walks through the frame and adjusts his cap.

As with the shoelaces, you can see that he adjusts his cap twice. Let’s look at a match cut between those two shots. Did you see it? Let’s watch it again. Paying attention to matching action precisely while you’re editing will really make a difference in the quality of your video.

© Michael Rosenblum & Lisa Lambden 2015