nonlinear editing

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Computerized film or video editing systems that manipulate footage in the form of data and which involve cutting, adding, and rearranging shots and sequences graphically represented on a timeline. Traditional film editing is nonlinear because a shot can be ‘spliced’ into a sequence by displacing existing material and lengthening its overall duration. However, the term only became widely used in the 1980s, when computerized editing systems started to challenge the dominance of machine-to-machine editing systems used in television and video. Compare linear editing.

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