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Avid Uncut by Steve Hullfish

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CHAPTER 3

Off-Line

Off-line is almost a quaint and archaic term at this point in the evolution of nonlinear editing. Off-line is the concept that one editor cuts the story together artistically and aesthetically, while another editor, in another process, uses the edit decisions by the first editor and reassembles the story with an eye to the technical and “finishing” details in the on-line edit. There are still obviously many workflows that use this concept, but for many, there is no off-line editing and on-line editing—there is simply editing. Depending on the workflow there are many gray areas that divide the two types of editing. For the purposes of this book, though, offline refers to the basic editing process—no color correction, no technical ...

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