Which transitions for interviews?

wwaag wrote on 11/9/2012, 5:29 PM
For a single camera shoot, what transitions/durations do you typically use in Vegas for interviews or other scenes in which there is very little change from one clip to another?

wwaag

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Grazie wrote on 11/9/2012, 5:38 PM
I'd need to see your footage to make a sensible, appropriate, relevant and intelligent comment.

Q1: What are you trying to achieve?

Q2: What is the Story that is being told?

Q3: Are the interviews a series Q&A sessions/clips?

Q4: What have you come up with so far?

Need to know a whole lot more - sorry . . . .

G

Bofus wrote on 11/9/2012, 5:55 PM
1 to 2 seconds, cross fade.

Regards,
videoITguy wrote on 11/9/2012, 5:56 PM
Cut-aways are the number one technique to use at all times. Oh yeah try a soft quick dissolve - but it must be interpreted as really a significant passage of time (10 sec or more) and you can not do it if the dissolve lands in joining very similar frames. Yuck!
wwaag wrote on 11/9/2012, 7:02 PM
I guess the term "interview" is incorrect--no questions and answers. My interest is more akin to a typical newscast in which they often string together a number of short clips from a much longer segment--clips from a speech being one example that we've all seen recently. Some appear to be simple dissolves and others appear to include a zoom component as well. Perhaps the best thing to do is record some I like, try to replicate, and then experiment.

wwaag

AKA the HappyOtter at https://tools4vegas.com/. System 1: Intel i7-8700k with HD 630 graphics plus an Nvidia 1050ti graphics card. System 2: Intel i7-3770k with HD 4000 graphics plus an AMD RX550 graphics card. System 3: Laptop. Dell Inspiron Plus 16. Intel i7-11800H, Intel Graphics. Current cameras include Panasonic FZ2500, GoPro Hero8 and Hero5 Black plus a myriad of smartPhone, pocket cameras, video cameras and film cameras going back to the original Nikon S.

farss wrote on 11/9/2012, 9:07 PM
Depends how it was shot.
Watching camera tapes from the pros, repositiong the camera between segments is one way the cameraman shoots for the edit.
If you keep the camera locked off and use a dissove it can look wrong as only the subject appears to "dissolve", even a straight cut doesn't work at all well.

Bob.
richard-amirault wrote on 11/9/2012, 9:42 PM
Sometimes people use a quick "flash" to indicate a seperation of time .. but usually with the same shot before and after.

One thing is to remember that "fancy" transitions usually draw attention to themselves ... not a good thing.
ushere wrote on 11/10/2012, 1:28 AM
watch tv - there's a few professional there who do it full time ;-)