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Chapter 8. Introduction to Effects > Real Time and Non-Real Time

Real Time and Non-Real Time

One factor that made Avid editing systems so popular when they were first introduced was the capability to playback certain effects without having to render them. I honestly believe that this was one of Avid’s first footholds on the editing market. Secondly, effects could be added on the same track. Many systems that were introduced around the same time as Avid forced you to work with multiple tracks to achieve simple effects. Not Avid! Avid made adding an effect so easy it took only seconds to learn. Yet as with any software, there’s more to learn than simply adding an effect.

There are several issues when working with effects. The first is how the system processes an effect. An effect can be:


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