Tip #6 – Cut from scene to scene for a smooth finish


Tip #6 – Ten Top Tips for Lightweight Web-Ready and Smooth Playback Video

Welcome to our series of ten top tips for web-ready video

Top Tip Number #6 – When editing, use the cut transition

Tips one through five can be summarised as keeping everything to a minimum during your video – movement, colours, patterns, variations in light, panning and zooming

Hopefully by readingĀ  tip #3 you have kept you scene changes to an absolute minimum – the less times you change scene, the less data is needed to encode your video, so you will have a smaller bitrate and also a smaller file size at the end (quicker playback for your viewer and cheaper hosting for you! A true win-win situation)

You can also follow this philosophy of minimum when you are editing your video. If you do need to change scene, use the cut transition. This is a transition that shows the first scene, and then the next one, without any pixellation, inversion of the scene, or fade-out in between

Transitions put into the video during editing raise the bit-rate as they create a need for more keyframes and the additional motion adds to the file size

In terms of transitions, cuts are the least bit rate intensive

You can also use this transition if you have a start screen or opening frame with video/contact/series information – and if you have a final frame at the end showing credits

The next tips will concentrate on encoding your video and how to achieve the best results for web-ready video

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