How to Artistically Edit Down Long Shots and Control Time
One of the most powerful tools in a video creator’s tool box is the ability to manipulate time. On today’s tips and techniques section, that’s what we’re going to show you: how to manipulate time.
[JOHN] The effect I’m doing now is called a cross dissolve. Essentially it’s a locked down wide shot that you have your talent pass through and during the entire segment, you cross dissolve between portions of that segment.
[JOHN] Another classic example of time manipulation is the clock shot. The most common example is to speed up the clock to show the passage of time. You can also artificially slow down the clock to get a feel of time really dragging by. You can also cross dissolve between different times for the same effect.
[JENNIFER] This is an easy and very effective way to show the passage of time. Simply move a lamp over an item on a table top, letting the shadow move across the counter or table. We experimented with a couple different angles with the light, moving it over, along side or behind our subject to see which shadow effect worked best.
And of course, the standard time lapse shot.
All of these tips in time manipulation can help you make more compelling video.