Can A Computer Do Your Job?

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  1. Interesting, but creating an assembly is a stage of learning the material and is an important process that will lead to refinements in everything from performances to structure. It’s the first step down the road that has to be taken even if it could be automated.

  2. I would have to disagree to the notion that doing a string out isn’t a creative task. This is an editor’s first chance to see how material works or doesn’t work together. It is also the first time that an editor begins to get a sense of story and pacing. Not every editor works in the same way. Some will string scenes out exactly as scripted leaving no gaps and keeping all audio on default tracks, others build string outs more loosely adding additional material or even leaving things out during the initial edit. Still other editors do more of a hybrid string out/rough cut, where they actually cleanup dialogue and lay in coverage as they are doing this initial cut. This is particularly true in non-fiction editing.

    It is crucial for an editor to know their material inside and out. Leaving too much work to automated tasks can take away from this familiarity. I’m all for letting a computer do the syncing, but leave the first assembly to a human being.

  3. Curous to know why gaining the knowledge of the material has to happen before/during assembly rather than after. You’ll still have every clip, just contextually available rather than out of context in a bin.

    And chances are you’ll be going over this material for the following three weeks/months.

  4. May can be useful have the 1st process the computer do, for a producer or not so high level projects but in the bottom line the editor must need to refine and tune as well interact with the material. The creativity from our humans being touches

  5. I don’t think anyone is arguing that the computer can do a finished job as well as a human, experienced, skilled editor. But for the first assemble or finding stories in footage, absolutely.

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