‘Revisiting amazing video editing twists, technologies and turmoil from history’
There is no argument that the power of video is immense. It does what a lot of other things fail to do. In a new era where social distancing is the norm, video helps bridge the gaps to cover up for a lack of senses (seeing, hearing, and even feeling through experiencing emotions).
Video editing has always been seen and acknowledged as a very powerful skill The Academy Awards included film editing in its list of awards and appreciation – right since 1934.
Video editing has travelled a long and laudable way to unleash the power of video. Today, video editing techniques and softwares are upgrading almost every fortnight. And still creative blockages can influence the end output.
The evolution has been rampant, making video editing one of the highest grossing industries globally. Especially, during this pandemic, it is terrifically supporting marketing and advertising. The global audio and video editing software market is estimated to witness a sterling 7% CAGR across the next 10 years (2020- 2030).
Now imagine, back in the old days – how it was done without even half of this level of technology in place. A ‘cut’ wasn’t a letter on the keyboard – it meant literally pulling out the scissors from the sewing kit!
Let’s revisit and embrace some mind-boggling points from where it all brewed.
#1 From scissors to Moviala (first editing machine)
How did people go about the first cuts? They used scissors to trim out the unnecessary portions, and then joined the relevant portion used tape. This continued until the first editing machine – Moviola- came in.
Iwan Surrier invented Moviala in 1924 to ease the trimming of unwanted footage.
FYI: Don’t be surprised to know that the Moviala is still in use
#2 CMX-600 – First non-linear machine for offline edits
The CMX-600 is applauded for breaking norms and linear ways of perspectives in 1971. This first non-linear computerised machine has also bagged an Emmy. In order to work, it required XXXXXL-sized disc drives.
This was seen as a major drawback which pushed people to invent newer machines.
#3 The rise of Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro
‘Harry’ (1985) was the next system. It was quite an all-rounder. It addressed video editing as well as compositing.
With this also grew the visions of artists, they wanted to be able to do more. Harry could only apply effects to 80 seconds (maximum) of uncompressed 8-bit video.
And it was just two years down the line (1987), whne Apple announced the avid Media composer which is used even today. The digital boarding had begun. You wouldn’t believe it but until 1994, only 3 movies were digitally edited.
It was in 1991 when the most-used-industry software of today (Adore Premiere Pro) set footsteps.
Apple kept its game up and launched the competitor – Final Cut Pro (1999)
#4 The Kinetograph & AMPEX
Going back to 1890 when Thomas Alva Edison along with his Assistant (William Dickson) invented the first motion graphic projector.
While the Kinetograph is amongst the first motion picture cameras’, it used a lot of editing prowess. It used celluloid film to create motion pictures, and could capture 30 images per second.
Then a revolution came about in how video was recorded and edited. the gigantic AMPEX (first video recorder) dropped jaws in 1956. It used a magnetic tape to record a video.
Let us know which fact seeming the most surprising to you?
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