linear editing

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Video editing that is achieved by playing back material on a ‘source’ machine and recording it on another ‘record’ machine because videotape cannot be physically cut without creating a picture disturbance. This style of editing is called ‘linear’ because a video sequence is built up from beginning to end, one shot at a time. New material inserted into an existing sequence overwrites existing material, so if a pre-existing sequence needs to be lengthened, all the material after the cut point has to be copied onto a spare tape and copied back again, incurring generation loss. Comparenonlinear editing.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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