Eli5: I’m sorry if this is extremely stupid but how does video editing work? For example: if one shot ends with the actors arms in the air, and the second one starts with his arms down, how does the edit work where there are no breaks. Mainly talking about when they film tv shows and movies.

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Eli5: I’m sorry if this is extremely stupid but how does video editing work? For example: if one shot ends with the actors arms in the air, and the second one starts with his arms down, how does the edit work where there are no breaks. Mainly talking about when they film tv shows and movies.

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Videos and movies arnt continuously shot. They are filmed clip by clip and put together in digital software. Remember videos are just a lot of pictures moving really really fast, so as the last “frame” is stitched right before the first frame of another clip, it looks as though the arm might be in different positions almost instantaneously.

In the bad old days of film, a film was a series of still images (called frames) which went through the projector at something like 24 to 60 frames per second. You could literally edit the film by cutting it and pasting it together with a different section.

Nowadays digital recordings operate on a similar principle. It’s a series of still images. You can delete sections of them and replace them with others.

Usually, cut 1 will focus on character/scene A, cut 2 will focus on character/scene B. If cut 3 goes back to focusing on character/scene A, it doesn’t matter if it changed a little bit between the two, people won’t really notice or will assume it happened during cut 2, while the focus was on character/scene B.