|If shooting is like generating the raw material of a film, the edit table is where the film finds its final processed & packaged form. The art of editing, no longer an invisible art as it used to be, is perhaps the very essence of Film Making. The Editor is the one who makes the final decisions about what needs to be seen and heard in a
film, while also controlling its rhythm & pace. Extremely technical and yet tremendously artistic, a career in
film and TV editing is monetarily as well as creatively satisfying.
The current trend is the non-linear editing system that digitizes and stores footage onto computer hard disk
drives. Modern day software allows this video and audio information to be viewed, modified, and eventually
played back in real time from the system, without changing the original rushes. The technology nowadays is
such that it allows the Editor to directly broadcast his or her work in full resolution from a workstation or print
it to celluloid, videotape or hard disk.
Students at Dadasaheb Phalke Acting And Film Academy are trained to be Editors and not mere machine
operators. Through hands-on practical training using FCP and Avid Express DV, they are taught the
fundamental and aesthetic principles of editing for film and television.