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J-CUT

It's a kind of edit where audio from the following scene overlaps the visual form the preceding scene. It can be used to make the transition better or even for a dialogue scene (if you think about it we never just wait until someone is finished in real life). 

It’s called a J0cut because on the timeline it kind of looks like a letter J.

JUMP CUT

It's a kind of edit where the camera is usually stationary but we remove some portions of the action in between 2 events. For example, instead of shoring someone walking through a door, walking through a room to a chair, and sitting on a chair we could show just the act of opening the door and sitting on a chair.

Usually, jump cuts are used to compress time. Nowadays it’s a very common type of cut in social videos. In Cinema language it’s usually used very sparingly.

MATCH CUT

It's a kind of edit where two shots match in a certain way between one another. It could be a composition, a color palette, a movement or sound. In some cases, the connection they make actually conveys additional meaning. Like in an iconic match cut from Odyssey 2001 where the shape of the bone and space station not only makes for a composition match cut but also conveys a passage of time and how far we’ve come as a human race.

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