An Overview of the Film Editing Process
Traditionally, working with film required a lot of manual labor: making physical splices
in film, sifting through cluttered film bins, spooling reels, and meticulously labeling film
footage. To simplify this process, pioneering filmmakers looked to the digital
breakthroughs in video post-production. Many filmmakers now believe that the best
approach is to eliminate film altogether and replace it with high definition video,
whose quality rivals that of film. For those who continue working in film, they must first
transfer their footage to video before they can enjoy the benefits of digital video
editing. This process of transferring film to video, called the telecine process, is where
Cinema Tools enters the workflow. Once a video sequence is edited, an editor must go
back to the original film negative and cut it so that it matches the video. Using the
information gathered during the telecine session, Cinema Tools considerably speeds
up this final conforming process.
The following information provides an overview of the film editing process, identifying
the parts played by Final Cut Pro and Cinema Tools.