The latest release of Premiere Pro includes an effect that’s getting a significant amount of buzz: the morph cut. Can this transition put an end to jump cuts? We take a closer look.

Back in 2010, Adobe released an feature in Photoshop CS5 that will would “magically” remove unwanted parts of an image. By analyzing the content of the image, the content aware fill tool would “make a best guess” on what the object would have looked like if the unwanted area never existed. It still exists in current versions of Photoshop, and while it has been improved over the years, it’s not a perfect tool. The recently released morph cut for Premiere Pro works on a similar level:

It enables users to create polished interviews by smoothing out distracting jump cuts without cross-dissolves or cut away footage.

When I saw Adobe’s feature release video (below) I was impressed… the results were pretty seamless. The effect is applied as a transition between clips. Once the morph cut is applied, Premiere Pro analyzes the clips on both ends of the transition. Then using face tracking and frame interpolation it works a little ‘magic’ to give the impression that the clips are one solid shot.

How to Use Morph Cut in Premiere Pro:

So who’s Premiere Pro morph cut for? Namely, video editors that cut a lot of “talking head” interviews:

  • Corporate Video
  • Documentaries
  • News Programming
  • Testimonials
  • YouTubers/Web Shows

Morph cut is certainly not without its limitations.  Steady shots (on a tripod) will do much better than handheld. If the backgorund varies between shots (elements present in one shot that are not present in the next) or the lighting changes, you can expect some pretty funky results.

The gang over at video production company Anchor Line put together the following video showing examples of best use cases for the new morph cut.. and some really terrible ones.

Have you been using morph cut? Share your results (the good, the bad and the ugly) in the comments!