Premium Beat looks at some interesting dates in recent history in the exciting but relatively young world of digital editing.
Many younger editors have only ever experienced their craft as a digital endeavor, but anyone who has been editing since before the mid-90s certainly remembers the days of analog — when Steenbecks and Moviolas ruled the post-production world. As with many computer-related innovations, there have been staggering advancements in digital editing over the past 26 years (which is when the first all-digital video editing and compositing system was introduced by Quantel.)
- 1985: Quantel released The “Harry.” The Harry was the first all-digital video editing and effects compositing system. Due to technical limitations, it could record and apply effects to a maximum of 80 seconds of 8-bit uncompressed digital video.
- 1987: Avid Technology created the Avid/1 Media Composer. It was designed using the Apple Macintosh II computer platform, as well as proprietary Avid hardware and software. (Clarification from Avid pioneer, Michael Phillips, in the Comments section of this post: The Avid/1 Media Composer was actually developed on the Apollo computer, which is where Avid’s founders worked before forming Avid as a company. It was then built on the Macintosh II, which is what it shipped with in the company’s first official release in December 1989.)The Avid/1 Media Composer was a revolutionary design, but it was not the first NLE that used modern concepts like clip bins and Timeline editing (these were introduced with Lucasfilm’s EditDroid, a computerized analog NLE from the early 1980s).
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