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The Mechanics of Editing > Nonlinear Editing - Pg. 281

CHAPTER 17 Editing the Production Nonlinear Editing Today, almost all video and television programs are edited on a nonlinear editor. Non- linear editing is the process in which the recorded video is digitized (copied) onto a computer. Then the footage can be arranged, rearranged, and have special effects added and the audio and graphics can be adjusted using editing software. Nonlinear editing systems make it very easy to make changes like moving clips around until the director or client is happy. Hard disk and memory card cameras have allowed editors to begin editing much more quickly, as they do not need to digitize all of the footage. Nonlinear systems cost a fraction of what a professional linear editing system does. Once the edited project is complete, it can be output to whatever medium is desired: tape, Internet, iPod, CD, DVD, and others. AN OVERVIEW OF THE NONLINEAR PROCESS Step1: Digitize the footage into the computer. If the footage was recorded onto a hard drive or flash card, it does not have to be digitized. It can be moved directly to the computer (Figure 17.6). Step2: Each video segment or clip is then trimmed (cleaned up), by deleting unwanted video frames. Step3: The clips are placed into the timeline. The timeline usually includes multiple tracks of video, audio, and graphics. This timeline allows the editor to view the production and arrange the segments to fit the script (Figure 17.7).