Editing webcam footage but where the cut is made the footage jumps when played back.

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I am running Cam 9.1.4 and trying to edit webcam footage but where the cut is made the footage jumps when played back. I can't understand how this can be in an editing program. I have been using Camtasia to edit presentations, and there is no jumping when cutting from a powerpoint but there is with the webcam footage. I need my video to look professional but can't understand why I'd have to remember every word, go have acting training etc.  Surely the point of an editing program is to edit the recording?  Please help??






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BRILL-19

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Posted 9 months ago

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Joe Morgan

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I'm not exactly sure what you mean by the footage jumps?

There is one inherent and natural problem with editing WebCam footage. If you cut out a section and delete it. And your head has changed positions between where you started the cut and ended the cut. That change will stand out like a sore thumb and many in the industry refer to that as a jump cut.

And being able to keep your head in one position perfectly is virtually impossible. But during the recording you can try your best to not move around to alleviate this to the best of your ability.

If this is not what you're experiencing, a more detailed explanation is required.
If this is what you're experiencing, it would be nice to know if this has helped you.

Regards Joe
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In addition to what Joe correctly said, if the movement isn't TOO extreme between the opposite sides of the cut then laying a Fade transition across the cut can help smooth things out. It's by no means a panacea, and works better for backgrounds than foregrounds (especially if the foreground is someone talking), but it's one of the best (as in, most effective) transitions there is in the toolbox IMHO and is worth a shot. I use it extensively to good effect. (But again... more for backgrounds.)
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Hi Joe and Mal,

I appreciate your help and explanation.  It is difficult to describe, however I think as you've suggested, it is the effect of cutting a piece between 2 different head positions etc.  But, if that's the case, I wonder how anyone produces videos using scripted webcam footage.  There are some polished and excellent productions around that do not appear to be using 30 degree editing.  They are videos recorded with the same individual facing and speaking to the camera, with the image on top of a slide, and I assumed, using a webcam. 

The transitions you've suggested do certainly help but would require the time and testing to use them effectively.  Anyway, I've resolved that it's not possible to produce what I need.  Thanks anyway.