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Chapter 1. DV 101 > Linear and Nonlinear Video Editing

Linear and Nonlinear Video Editing

Let’s take a closer look at the two types of editing and the differences between them.

Linear Editing

This is the way video was edited before Premiere and programs like it were introduced to the market. It usually involves a lot of high-tech equipment, multiple television monitors, and a lot of time. With linear editing, you work with footage from the beginning to the end of the project, editing one shot at a time, in order. The process is long and tedious on many levels. First, you view the video source footage to find the shots you want, then you make notes on where the shot resides using the tape’s timecode. At this point, you do a “paper edit” by “storyboarding” or mapping out the project, documenting which shot you want to use, and in what order in the project. Finally, the editing process begins.


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