As the old film was replaced by the digital format, the editing function became as much as important as the realisation. In the old days, there is only one video editing software for PC, which is called DV. The editing manners and function of DV are quite powerful, but was quickly monopolised by its proprietary software. In 2012, a company called Viragraph founded and released a open-source video editing software, which is called Open Media V.9. The software, alongside with many other similar software, is also meant for PC. However, it has limited use. Viragraph could not hold the subjectivity of the end users. Everyone could customize their video and voice more freely than the DV software. Soon, the popularity of Viragraph and its competitors rose gradually, which makes the market mature to nowadays. As a typical voice-over, what I have studied could not give me a deep insights of what the functions of these software do and how they work. Figure 5 and Figure 6 are the screenshots of the major edit and create functions. Just as I found in Figure 5, some of the software could only edit on certain element of video. For example, in live video, we have no time to pause and edit, and some of them would only work on a single frame as the unit of editing.
For a new screen on the product of a new era, as with the introduction of smartphone, different interface design in terms of hardware and software apps is introduced to the market. Both hardware and software designers have tried to maximise the experience and function of their app, by seeking the way to support and challenge the boundary of the old technology and offer the best solution for the new technology on the market.
So, back to today. Imagine yourself as a editor editing video. While you are preparing the story about what you want to say, you need to do the planning. And you are glad to find the tool to help you in pre-arranging the frame before editing. I have always think that video editing software should be like the concert hall. Without backstage, no concert; no concert can be success. Although the new video editing tool is not conceptually new, it is showing the great potential in the computer and technology field, which will certainly stay for long for the video editing. About the author: Senior Student of Media and Communication School of Visual Arts, Xi’an Jiaotong University
The quality of the new software, particularly the timeline, is still not satisfied, and its feature is still evolving. It seems the software is more than the earlier if we could see what is being done by the company.
In fact, there is a year of questions about the quality of the new software. On the official weibo, there is still discussion about the timeline movement. Some reported the movement in Timelines slow and without precise. Some still reported the system is stable and contains the function of other editing software.
I think the video editing tools make us realize the media is the production of all of us, and that media have been transformed the process of thinking. The line represents the time dimension, and the not-line represents the space dimension. The new software does change the traditional concept of video media, but make it more familiar. But the good news, the video is going to keep for long.