L&J Cuts

For split edits, what’s the difference between L and J cuts?

J-cuts are when the audio proceeds the visual

L-cuts are when the audio from a shot is carried to the next shot

J and L cuts can be used to make powerful openings and closings to films. J cuts can add interest to the movie before even seeing the first image. L cuts make the film seem to continue once the film is over.

J and L cuts are used to add significance and make certain scenes appear less awkward than other editing techniques.


“you hear the audio before it cuts to the video for J-cuts. In other cases you will see the visual before the audio which is a L-cut” -Mr. Le Duc