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Offline Editing in the Modern World

Chapter: Editing

Topic: Creativity

As much as I love the digital bells and whistles of the modern NLE, the fact remains that most NLEs are charged with the fairly basic challenge (from a technical point of view) of assembling a sequence of cuts and dissolves. On a typical documentary project, I spend over 90 percent of my time offline editing. The definitions of offline and online editing have blurred since the days of creating rough cuts on Sony 5850s. We didn’t want to make time-consuming editorial decisions in the $400-per-hour suite. Today almost every NLE system I use is capable of finish-quality work. Although I don’t finish my prime time projects on DV, I often find work I’ve done on the DV editing system being used in the finishing suite in ways I never considered.



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