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Chapter 10. Outputting Your Work > EDLs: How to “Read” a Movie

EDLs: How to “Read” a Movie

This section is not only for those who have a device-controlled deck with timecode, but that sure does make a difference. I'll show you ways in which you can benefit in emergency situations from an Edit Decision List, more commonly called an EDL. An EDL is nothing more than a database file that contains all the relevant information about all your edits in your timeline (see Figure 10.21). Every time you add a clip to your timeline, a new entry is made to the EDL. For each transition placed in your movie, the information about that transition is added to the EDL. First we'll cover the main reasons why you would use an EDL, and then we'll look at a few time-saving tips that anyone can use, even people without timecode on their tapes.

Figure 10.21. A typical EDL layout.



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