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Tutorial: Working with MorphCut in Adobe Premiere CC2015

MorphCut is a new transition available now from Adobe Premiere CC2015 which promises to eliminate jump cuts from your project. Since its release, I’ve had an opportunity to utilize MorphCut while editing some interviews we did at Cinegear Expo 2015. During an interview with Atomos I had to make a cut for content and as you can see, what I’m left with is the dreaded Jumpcut.
To resolve this jump cut, I have a couple of options. First I can leave it and just pretend it doesn’t exist or try to pawn it off as part of the aesthetic which looks really terrible.

I can also try some old remedies, like at adding a dissolve. However, because it’s not a natural place for a dissolve, it just kind of looks weird, and to the trained eye it’s obvious that I’m trying to cover for some editorial problem. The other option is to use the old reliable “Dip to White”. The problem with that is that it’s really distracting. And, when used too often, it’s almost like over using an exclamation point.

You'll find MorphCut in the transitions tab
You’ll find MorphCut in the transitions tab

But now we have MorphCut. Simply go into the video transitions tab and then click on the dissolve tab. Scroll down and you’ll find MorphCut. Just drag it over just like you would any other transition and place it between your two clips.
Drag and drop MorphCut like you would any transition
Drag and drop MorphCut like you would any transition

Once you place it in between the two clips you’ll get a bar across the program monitor that says “Analyzing in Background”. This is similar to what you’ll find when using “Warp Stabilizer”. Depending on your processor speed and your GPU speed and how detailed your background is, analyzing could take a few seconds or a few minutes. Keep in mind, that when you move the transition, shorten it or extend it you’ll have to run the analyzer again.
MorphCut must analyze the clip before it can render
MorphCut must analyze the clip before it can render

Once the analyzer is finished, just hit enter to see the finished results. My interviewee moves slightly between cuts and after adding Morphcut, it looks like he’s just shifting his weight from one foot to the other, however, it totally looks natural.

Making the most of MorphCut
  1. Make sure that your background is stable or static any motion in the background.
  2. The more stable and simple your background is Morphcut will work much smoother.
    The less your subject moves their body or head, the better the results.
  3. The more motion the analyzer has to contend with, the more likely you’ll see some distortion.

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Written by Clint Milby

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