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Off-line find on-line editing


Off-line editing is a process that has evolved from film and videotape. In essence the editing medium is not the finished product but an intermediate process. For film this is a work print or a one-light print and for videotape low-end recording systems have been employed, for example VHS and U-matic. From both film and videotape the editing decisions are output as lists or text statements of what is required to make the finished programme. For film this is known as a cut list and for videotape it is an edit decision list or EDL. The actual programme will be created when the instructions in the cut list/EDL are applied to the original media.

With computerized nonlinear systems, working off-line ...

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