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What is Editing?
Lucy Harris
What is Editing?

Many artists and film-makers still prefer to shoot on film, but are attracted to aspects of non-linear editing.  Luckily there has also been a ‘marriage’ of film and video in the post-production environment, that makes combining the two possible.

It is now common practise to shoot on film for its specific qualities, edit on video for ease, speed, audio compatibility, (and possibly the difficulty of access to Steenbecks), and then return to a final film print for screening and distribution.

This workflow can be achieved in number of ways, depending on your budget.

(i) Professionally telecine film with duplicated/burnt in timecode onto DV tapes, digitize tapes into Final Cut Pro or Avid DV Express for non-linear editing, edit film, export film as edit decision list (EDL) for film neg. cutting, and final film print.

This workflow is possible because non-linear edit programs can create ‘scripts’- edit decision lists (EDL) that match back to the edge numbers on film. The neg. cutter can then work directly from the EDL. However this can be expensive because the original telecine transfers must be done professionally.

(ii) Telecine film cheaply (at home/off wall) onto mini DV tape, digitise tapes into  Final Cut Pro or Avid DV Express for non-linear editing, edit film, play out to video tape, use tape as visual guide to make a film print cutting copy, deliver cutting copy to neg cutters for neg cut, and final film print.

One advantage in this workflow is it’s possible to view the film projected (from the  working print cut) before final delivery to the neg cutter.  This can aid detailed fine cutting  of the film.

‘Home’ telecine 16mm film digitized into Avid DV Express digital editing software.
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