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Chapter Ten. In The Cutting Room > How Does NLE Work?

How Does NLE Work?

One of the main reasons film and analog video editing used to be so time-consuming is their inescapably linear nature. For instance, to add a shot at the end of a scene, you first have to find the scene, roll through to the end, roll to the beginning of the insert, and either splice the film together or record a new version to tape. A lot of wasted time in the editing suite was spent waiting for the tape (or the film) to shuttle back and forth.

Disk-Based Editing

NLE spares you this grief by storing your digital clips on a computer hard drive. Making an editing selection is virtually instantaneous; you can go directly to any shot on the disk. Better yet, digital editing is nondestructive because you can always undo your changes; in fact, you can always go right back to the original version of the clip.


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