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Oliver Peters
Re: Tedious track based editing
on Sep 12, 2012 at 7:20:57 pm

[Herb Sevush] "According to Apple it is revolutionary, not evolutionary. And we know that Apple is always right."

Of course, you have to ignore the parts that were borrowed/lifted/adopted/appropriated/quoted from 'prior art'. "Great artists steal." - SJ.

Avid had a magnetic timeline function early on.
Mistika had trackless timelines.
Media 100 (and others) had A/B-roll timelines.
DS had a container function (not unlike compound clips).
DPS Velocity had clip linking/grouping functions.
Avid and Premiere Pro had Find and Custom Sift functions with show/hide capabilities.
Various NLEs had combined A/V tracks separate from V-only and A-only and Title-only tracks.
Various NLEs used a single viewer window.
ArtBox (then FC Server) had the database functions.

... I'm just sayin' ;-)

And then there are the various other attempts at non-standard (NLE track-style) timelines...

Montage - clips in order, IIRC
Ediflex - EDL style but based on lined script numbers
Quantel Harry/Henry/EditBox - vertical filmstrips
Immix - more of an A/B roll track sheet based on A/B roll + titles + audio
Mistika - floating, freeform order
Autodesk Flame - node-based
Editware - track-like, bus based on parallel channels of a playback server

Note - some of these are still quite successful in their niche, like Flame.

I just want to be clear, that I'm not saying FCP X's timeline won't survive or even thrive. Clearly you have both nodal and track-style compositors. It's just a question of whether tracks are more conducive to how editors work and think. If that's not true, then a new generation will make X the professional market leader. If it is true, then pros will stick to tracks and X will stay in the minority of apps used by pros. Too early to tell.

- Oliver

Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
Orlando, FL

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