Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Interview with Bill Warner from Avid

Back in the late 80's I was hanging out at Sommerville Community Access Television, and learning to edit video tape on 3/4" U-matic equipment using three decks and a switcher. Having previously tried to edit 8mm video using a camera and a playback deck, it was quite a step-up for me.

Then one of the staff got a job at a company called Avid. We were told that Avid was working on something called "non-linear editing."

One day some months later, I went out to see a demo of the Avid software and I was blown away. Even though the video being played back on the screen was low resolution - not even SD resolution, let alone what we see when we edit HD these days - and even though their product was aimed at film editing, it was obvious that this was the future of video/film editing. Being able to randomly access your content, apply transitions and review your work almost immediately - and then change it just as quickly - was astounding.

Going back to the "old ways" after that demo was awfully disheartening and frustrating - Adobe Premiere didn't arrive until the end of 1991. has an interview with Bill Warner, one of the founders of Avid, where he talks about how the company got started: Bill Warner - the man who "made" AVID

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