Surprising Facts on the History of Video Editing Industry



Let’s move forward and explore some really amazing and surprising facts about the Video editing industry.



The Kinetograph



In 1890, Thomas Alva Edison with his assistant William Laurie Dickson invented the first motion graphic projector. The projector used celluloid film to create motion pictures.



The First Cuts


It was in the initial 1900s when the first cuts were introduced. People used scissors and tape to trim unnecessary footage. People continue using this technique until the first editing machine was invented.



The First Editing Machine



Moviola, the first editing machine, was invented in 1924 by Iwan Surrier. This machine was used to edit and trim the unwanted scenes in the clip. The machine is still in existence and used majorly in Hollywood.



The Academy Awards


Who doesn’t know about Oscars? They are considered as one of the highest awards in Hollywood where everyone is honored for their spectacular work. It was in 1934 when Academy Awards introduced the Film Editing Category in the list. The first Oscar for Film Editing was given to Conrad A. Nervig for his excellent contribution to the movie ‘Eskimo’.



The First Video Recorder



In 1956, the industry got its first video recorder- AMPEX. It was also the first device that used magnetic tape to record a video. They brought a new revolution in the industry and changed the entire way of how videos were recorded.



The First Non-Linear Editor



CMX 600 was introduced in 1971. It was the first non-linear computerized machine that is used for offline editing. The machine received the Emmy award for its contribution to the industry.  The machine, however, does not work without disc drives that were as big as a washing machine, making this a less portable system.



The Period of Revolutionary Inventions (1985-1991)



It was between these 6 years that the video industry saw the introduction and invention of one of the most popular software.


  • It all began with the invention of the “Harry” in 1985 by Quantel. Harry was the first all-rounder video editing and digital composting system. However, due to technological limitations, Harry was only capable of applying effects to a maximum of 80 seconds of uncompressed 8-bit video.

  • Just after two years, in 1987, Apple launched the Avid Media Composer. It wasn’t the first non-linear editing software but it was a revolutionary design that is still in existence.

  • In 1991, Adobe came with its first video editing software Premiere. Premiere Pro, today, has become industry-leading software for video editing. The software is widely used across the globe by both beginners and professionals.



The Digital Revolution



In 1992, the industry got its first movie which was digitally edited by using Avid Media. Let’s kill all the Lawyers was the movie to be edited. Till 1994, there were only three movies that were digitally edited but in 1995, the number reached 100. It was the beginning of the digital revolution that is going on till now.



Apple into the Game



It was in 1999 when Apple launched the major competitor of Avid- Final Cut Pro into the market. In 2007, No Country for Old Man became the first movie to get Oscar which was edited using Final Cut Pro.


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