Chapter 4

The Instruments

Linear and Nonlinear Editing Systems

The digital revolution has triumphed. It has succeeded in supplanting the old order. We stand bathed in the digital dawn. An unimpeded rush of breakthroughs in processing speed, computer memory, and software development flood the market. Devices such as hex core processors, ATX motherboards, RAM chips, and graphics cards have infiltrated the nomenclature of today’s filmmaker.

Just as part of the history of medicine is reflected in the development of technology, such is the case with motion picture editing that has advanced from simple, physical devices to a complex virtual realm.

Case Study

The tables have turned. When teaching a beginning production course, I pass around clips ...

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