I have two video clips.
In the first clip I pick up a phone and have it in my hand.
In the second clip I have the phone in my hand and I put it down.
I want the two clips to line up so I can play the first clip followed immediately by the second clip. The problem is in the second clicp the phone is being held an additional 2 inches away from the camera. So the end of clip1 is very close to the beginning of clip 2, but still a little bit different and when you play them together there is a noticeable jerk between the two clips. What can I do?
There are several artistic ways to approach this. They mostly depend on the "timeline" in your script. If any time is to have passed, between the two Clips, I'd do a short Dip-to-Black between them. If the time is very close, then providing Handles (though the In & Out Points of the two Clips) and using a Cross-Dissolve would be a good one. There are some other Transitions that could work too, but I seldom use much besides a Butt-Cut, which you note is an abrupt "jump-cut," Dip-to-Black and Cross-Dissolve. Still, others can help you tell your story. Only experimentation will tell you what "feels" right.
One thing that you might also wish to do would be to do a J-Cut, or L-Cut with your Audio, so that the Audio from one Clip either plays through the Dip-to-Black (L-Cut for Clip 1 playing, and J-Cut for Clip 2 playing). I'd think about doing one, or the other, for any Transition also. Used properly, there is nothing wrong with the audience being able to hear something that they cannot see yet.