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Digital Video Editing with Final Cut Express by Charles Roberts

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4 What Is Editing?

Now that you have media clips gathered in the Project tab of your Browser window, what do you do with them? Edit, of course. But what is editing? Most good editors will tell you that it is telling a story with a series of images and sounds. This is certainly correct. Editing means being able to take isolated pieces of media and arrange them to communicate an idea. That is the gratifying and artistic part of the process.

But there is a technical aspect to editing that has more to do with the tools and less to do with your message. Video editing is the process of modifying and arranging video and audio resources so that they play back in the linear order you desire. The flexibility and functionality of the tool you ...

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