Some people know from a young age what profession they will choose later in life. A biology teacher at my high school told me, "I knew from the age of five that I would end up teaching!" For these people, life is less complicated than it is for those of us who have not yet pinned down precise career goals. Without clear goals, we may feel intimidated and confused by the huge variety and number of possible jobs. Pursuing a career in broadcast editing is not only an interesting profession, it can have an important impact on our society views the events that are important in our lives today. Editing is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible, and film media used to convey information through the processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate, and complete work.
It was in 1956 that Ampex Corp. introduced the first 2" Video Tape Recording System (VTR). In the late 1950's the only way to edit the tape was to actually physically splice the tape using a razor blade. This was time consuming and very aggravating. Therefore, “Ampex developed a device called the splicing block. It consisted of a cutting blade mounted across the guide while the user viewed the splice point through a microscope.” (Wallace 3)The first electronic editing system was introduced in the early sixties. “The system was called the "record" or "edit" VTR. Using a "playback" or "source" VTR” (Wallace 4), the editor was able to watch the original shots and use the other VTR to rerecord the desired shots. The advantages of this method was that there was less damage caused by the physical handling. This is just a very small portion of the history of video editing. As you can see the systems and production of video editing has come an extremely long way since the VTR. And most likely will continue to change and progress in the future. The...
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