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The Nose Wipe

Wikipedia defines the video “wipe” transition as:

“…a type of film transition where one shot replaces another by travelling from one side of the frame to another or with a special shape.”

Now this and other transitions has been a staple of the motion picture/video industry since its inception.  Transitions such as wipes, dissolves and flashes create an effective way to go from one shot to another.

However, over the Holidays an observant friend pointed out a curiosity that occurred in one of my latest YouTube videos, “Rudolph The Red Nose Sock Puppet”

According to my friend, who was enjoying a Holiday spirit at the time, the transition I employed by utilizing the glow from Rudolph’s nose to wipe from one shot to another in order to create a smooth transition was an instance (perhaps the very first instance) of what he coined the “Nose Wipe”.


Having given this some thought over the following week or two I must agree with my clever colleague that there is no doubt I employed, serendipitously mind you, the rarely used video technique of the “Nose Wipe”.

The question remains, however, is this the first instance of the so-called “Nose Wipe” or have others beaten me to it.

No doubt it is up to you the reader of this blog to decide the matter.  In the meantime I shall endeavor to be more attentive to my use of “wipes” in future productions.  One can only shudder at what other nomenclatures I, or others may accidently stumble upon.

The staff and management of the Emmy Winning Blog apologize for the above remarks.  They do not necessarily represent the opinions or views of The Emmy Winning Blog. (But they most likely do)…

Ahem!  Anyway now that I’ve got that out of my system, 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for The Emmy Winning Blog with new posts, articles and some really cool videos coming your way in the New Year. Don’t miss it.  And check out for my complete portfolio.  I’ve even updated it with all the recent Holiday Videos.   And of course you can like me on FaceBook, if you dare!

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  • Dawn McCann
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    My comment is I would like to read this comment on “nose wipe”

    Thanks, Dawn

  • Dawn McCann
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Well, I would like to read the comment refered to the “nose wipe”

    Thanks, Dawn

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