2 comments on “Jump Cuts: The Good, The Bad, of the Discontinuous Edit

  1. The Linham Zhang IV example I wouldn’t really classify as jump cuts due to the extreme reframing and split audio. The alternate action is effectively the b-roll. Most of these seem to be for effect anyway, I really thought this would include examples of popular you tubers that simply talk at the camera then remove their mis-takes. I find those the most annoying (especially when they accidentally leave one in). I have read that the head-on Vlog type jump cut, is intentionally not overlayed so as to retain the viewers attention. That is view tracking (by the second) indicates drop off if the camera cuts away to something other than the talent addressing the viewer. I guess mobile is really a different beast based on the nature of the viewers distracted attention. I expect that much of the audience spends their time only half watching the screen of their mobile anyway. Which is funny because so much content on mobile is now being consumed without any audio (facebook videos).

  2. “Help”? “Help” is the last thing jump cuts do. They are annoying, jarring, and ugly. And that’s just for people without medical concerns.

    For people with brain injuries (e.g. post-concussion syndrome and other problems), jump cuts are as damaging as strobe lights are to people with epilepsy. It can cause the brain to shut down, to become disassociated, to induce loss of awareness of surroundings, headaches, dizziness. If a video maker would never intentionally use strobe lights because it might hurt those with epilepsy, why would they intentionally use jump cuts? (Arrogance and ignorance, no doubt.) Both are equally discourteous and harmful and should be avoided for the same reason.

    Jump cuts are an intentional act and require more effort to make videos than reading and rehearsing a script. It would take less effort to read a paragraph for 30 seconds, then take a second of fade out/in between cuts. Youtube no longer has a ten minute limit on video length (it’s now ten *hours*) so there is no argument for shortening the length of videos. A 5:30 video that is pleasant to watch is better than a 5:00 video full of idiotic, chaotic and jarring cuts.

    The video below about brain injuries was intentionally made to avoid jump cuts. The announcer speaks slowly with natural gaps and pacing. It uses visual fades to black between cuts. The video is comfortable and relaxing to watch, regardless of the viewer’s medical condition. How is a video full of jump cuts better?


    Jump cuts do not make videos appealing, it makes them infuriating to watch, even for those without brain injuries. It is not a “style”, it is stupidity and requires more effort to film, edit and produce than a simpler video.


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