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  • Tim Vining

    August 13, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Hi, this is more a style question than a technical question, but I have been given a Zoom meeting discussion to try to edit into something resembling a finished video. The audio and video are not as terrible as they might be, but the problem is that the only video file I have is the “gallery” view of 5 participants in a grid, each of them in their own small box. The client wants me to edit out messy parts, like pauses and people talking over one another, but of course any cut will show a cut to all 5 participants at once. Each individual video is really too small to cut to full screen, and there’s really no b-roll. So, the question is, what would people suggest as the least egregious way to make the edits? Dissolves? Dip to color? Soft cuts? Jump cuts? Something else? Has anybody else had a similar issue?

  • John Fishback

    August 13, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    I think any of the transitions you mention might work. Try them all on one edit and pick the best 2 or 3. Then show them to your client and let them choose their favorite. A thought I had was to make a transition in Motion where the new clip simultaneously zooms up to fill each grid, or maybe blur one to the next, or a combination blur and slide within each box to the next. But, let your client pick the transition. That will save a lot of potential pain down the road.

  • Bill Rabkin

    August 14, 2021 at 1:57 am

    I run into this often when editing Zoom videos. I have found that the FCP “Flow” transition in the “Dissolves” category often makes the jump cut disappear, or at least become an acceptable transition.

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