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How to Make a Match Cut

Creating and executing a Match cut is simple and your audience will be impressed.

This visual effect can be used as a scene transition,

to create movie magic, or to elevate the complexity of your film.

Here is what you do:

1. Plan your motion.

Make it easily repeatable.

Make sure you use a tripod.

Do the motion completely.

This may take multiple takes.

2. Repeat the exact same motion changing an element,

like the location, a piece of clothing, or an object.

3. Cut between the shots and voila, Match Cut!

You can also do this with shapes.

1. Frame your shot with a specific shape or object.

Shot in 1 location, then another.

2. Then, cut between the shots. That’s a Match Cut!

Here’s a tip - some people use clear tape to mark their viewfinder with an outline of the shape, making it easier to move from shot to shot.

More Editing Tips and Tricks Check out Editing Fx

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