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Every NLE Is a Database (digitalfilms)

“The bottom line is that under the hood, all NLEs are still very much the same.”

“Apple’s Final Cut Pro X has spawned many tribal arguments since its launch eight years ago. There have been plenty of debates about the pros and cons of its innovative design and editing model. One that I’ve heard a number of times is that FCPX is a relational database, while traditional editing applications are more like an Excel spreadsheet. I can see how the presentation of a bin in the list view format might convey that impression, but that doesn’t make it accurate. Spreadsheets are a grid of cells that are based on a combination of mathematical formulae, regardless of whether the info is text or numbers. All nonlinear editing applications (NLE) use a relational database to track media, although the type and format of this database will differ among brands. In all cases, these function altogether differently than how a spreadsheet functions.” – Source: digitalfilms

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Oliver Peters describes the history of the editing database, from the days of splicing film through to videotape-editing and to today’s NLEs. “The bottom line is that under the hood, all NLEs are still very much the same,” he writes.