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The Avid Handbook, 5th Edition by Steve Bayes, Greg Staten

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NONLINEAR VIDEO ASSISTANTS 12

“The best servant does his work unseen.”

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

With the adoption of new technology has come the blending of postproduction responsibilities. Producers and writers become offline editors, offline editors become online editors, and the difference between film and video begins to blur. One thing that this shift has created is many new people who can edit well, but who don’t have the inclination, ability, or time to get involved in the technical requirements.

This opens up the possibilities for an important position: the nonlinear assistant. There have always been film assistants whose responsibilities are pretty clear. They handle all the day-to-day requirements of film handling, organization, and ...

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