[Tig] History of Editing (and Telecine editing)

Jeff Heusser lists at neonmargarita.com
Sun Mar 4 14:59:18 GMT 2012

Very cool, I'm just the kind of geek to read both!   Thanks for sharing. 

Jeff Heusser
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On Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 2:17 AM, Marc Wielage wrote:

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> I don't know if anybody is interested in this, but there's a fairly
> incredible -- roughly 2000-page -- "History of Editing" eBook that came out
> last year, and I've slowly been working my way through it. It literally
> starts with hot splicers and cement at the turn of the 19th century, and
> moves forward to sound, Movieolas, synchronizers, then progresses through
> Steenbecks, KEMs, then through Ampex, Editec, RCA, CMX, Convergence,
> D-Vision, Sony, EditDroid, Ediflex, Mach 1, Montage, Avid, Media 100,
> Lightworks, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro... you name it, they're all here.
> All the big names -- Coppola, Lucas, Thelma Schoonmaker, Art Schneider,
> Steve Jobs -- are there, along with many names from the world of telecine:
> Jim Lindelien, Gary Adams, Jack Calaway, Bob Seidenglanz, even our own Rob
> Lingelbach, plus inside looks at the pivotal contributions from now-faded
> post-production companies like CFI, Vidtronics, One-Pass Video, Teletronics,
> Compact Video, Laser Pacific, Post Group, Complete Post, and many names that
> longtime LA colorists will remember.
> The story goes on and on and on... a monstrously complicated, convoluted
> history. The missteps, mistakes, dead ends, bonehead decisions, genius
> innovations, and brilliant inventions will absolutely boggle your mind.
> Just the number of editing hardware companies that went down the tubes over
> the years is kind of stunning; I think at least fifty companies went bust
> over the last three decades, to finally wind up today with basically Avid
> Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere as the last men
> standing.
> The book is written by Australian editor John Buck, both eBooks available
> for a trifling $4 each:
> Timeline 1: http://amzn.to/zUR3mH
> Timeline 2: http://amzn.to/xTnY1w
> Part 1 covers about 1900 to maybe 1975; part 2 covers about 1975 to the
> present, with some overlap. Both are actually pretty interesting; I
> initially skipped part 1, then went back and was fairly surprised and
> fascinated by the rich history I had almost bypassed.
> John managed to track down pretty much everybody still alive who had
> anything to do with the evolution of electronic picture and sound editing in
> the last 50 years, along with many excerpts from past industry publications
> and technical papers, and it's a pretty remarkable story. It's too long by
> about half, but once I hit the section where I started actually knowing a
> few of the players (1980-ish), it started getting pretty interesting.
> No doubt the feature version will be more dramatic!
> --Marc W.
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